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Quotes of the Day for 18 March 2003 – Impossible

Peter Aurness was born at Minneapolis, Minnesota on this day in 1926. He took to performing early, he joined the musicians union at age 15 so he could play clarinet and saxophone in local dance bands. At 16 he was an announcer at WMIN. After high school he spent two years in the Air Force, then came home to major in drama at the University of Minnesota. After graduation he left for Hollywood, changing his name to Peter Graves. (His older brother Jim dropped only one character, changing his name to Arness and becoming Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke.) His career has been a great success, with film and television credits running for pages, but he is best known for the role of Jim Phelps on the TV series Mission: Impossible. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, Theme: Impossible.

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The quotes:

I love those who yearn for the impossible.
     - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Only those who attempt the absurd ... will achieve the impossible. I think. I think it's in my basement, let me go upstairs and check.
     - Mauritis Cornelius Escher, 1898 - 1972

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
     - Pearl S. Buck, 1892 - 1973

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.
     - Theodore Roethke, 1908 - 1963

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.
     - Wernher Magnus Maximilian von Braun, 1912 - 1977

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