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Unattainability

See also Impossibility.
Elixir of Life
fabulous potion conferring immortality. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 371]
Fountain of Youth
legendary fountain of eternal youth. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 432]
perpetual motion machine
machine operating of itself forever. [World Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 823]
Philosopher’s Stone
substance supposed to convert base metal to gold. [Medieval Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 829]
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When the previous administration signed America up for this unattainable mandate, we made it clear we would fight this unilateral action any way we could, and this day could not have happened soon enough.
It is unrealistic, and socially unattainable, to demand that Greece achieve a general government primary surplus of 3.
Zagajewski finds life unattainable from the outset.
In art, the unattainable ideal for me is Pablo Picasso, because I admire the grace and the exactness of his lines.
Miroslaw Balka's exhibition was titled "Element der Exaktheit" (Element of Exactitude), and the aspiration to an unattainable exactitude is precisely what unified the various works: Their titles referred to their precise measurements in centimeters, and yet some slight deviation always annulled the rule.
On page 62 of the "Report," favorable reference is made to "largely unattainable goals," and the space program is "viewed as the nearest modern equivalent yet devised to the pyramid-building, and similar ritualistic enterprises, of ancient societies.
I'd decided to just take a "regular" job in the short-term, because I assumed that my goal of achieving a business-oriented entertainment career would be difficult and nearly unattainable due to my lack of internships or mass communications background.
If we're going to speak about dancers' emotional problems, we need to discuss how the subculture causes these artists to feel bad about themselves, be perfectionists, and strive for unattainable goals.
Instead, the author emphasizes the influence of Leonardo's career: his itinerancy, inability to finish projects, and writings, which led to the romanticization of unattainable theoretical ambitions and so-called eccentric behavior.
In the early days of this column, punitive damage restrictions were being pursued by America's businesses and insurers, but the restrictions seemed unattainable.
The proto-Renaissance spaces in which they are portrayed extend the Gothic volumes of the cathedral into a magic world that is completely unattainable -- though it has a modern counterpart in the square outside.
This edgy psychological thriller exposes Hitchcock and Hollywood's enduring obsession with the perfect unattainable woman and goes trolling for the unconscious roots of our darkest fixations.