It was impossible to keep Helen quiet.
It was impossible to know what was going on in Señor Medena's mind by observing his expression.
But it was impossible to smarten oneself up or move to another place, because of the crowd.
She was so ill that it was impossible for them to consider in how far she was to blame for what had happened.
It was impossible to make out what he wanted.
Often in a snow-storm, even by day, one will come out upon a well-known road and yet find it impossible to tell which way leads to the village.
On this fact relating to the Emperor personally, it was impossible to pass any judgment.
It was at first impossible to enter the drawing-room door for the crowd of members and guests jostling one another and trying to get a good look at Bagration over each other's shoulders, as if he were some rare animal.
She tried to help him drive Alex from her mind, but at times it seemed an impossible chore.
As twenty years before, it seemed impossible that the little creature who lived somewhere under her heart would ever cry, suck her breast, and begin to speak, so now she could not believe that that little creature could be this strong, brave man, this model son and officer that, judging by this letter, he now was.
That was impossible to fake.
Nearly impossible to stop, next to impossible to control.
She wasn't too far from shore, though any distance felt impossible with her cold body.
It was impossible for him to travel, it would not do to let him die on the road.
From all this talk he saw only one thing: that to defend Moscow was a physical impossibility in the full meaning of those words, that is to say, so utterly impossible that if any senseless commander were to give orders to fight, confusion would result but the battle would still not take place.
Whether it were difficult or easy, possible or impossible, she did not ask and did not want to know: it was her duty, not only to herself, to be near her brother who was perhaps dying, but to do everything possible to take his son to him, and so she prepared to set off.
Jackson always knew having children was impossible for him, so rarely thought about it.
It would not ache--it would be well--if only they did not pull it, but it was impossible to get rid of them.
He longed to show that love in some way and knowing that this was impossible was ready to cry.
In the midst of a phrase he ceased speaking and suddenly felt tears choking him, a thing he had thought impossible for him.
She only felt herself again completely borne away into this strange senseless world--so remote from her old world--a world in which it was impossible to know what was good or bad, reasonable or senseless.
How could the commanders lead their troops to a field of battle they considered impossible to hold?
No, it's impossible! thought Nicholas, still shouting with a hoarse voice.
Get on! when it was impossible to go any faster.
He mounted it and rode at a gallop to one of the bridges over the Niemen, deafened continually by incessant and rapturous acclamations which he evidently endured only because it was impossible to forbid the soldiers to express their love of him by such shouting, but the shouting which accompanied him everywhere disturbed him and distracted him from the military cares that had occupied him from the time he joined the army.
Sometimes when she recalled his looks, his sympathy, and his words, happiness did not appear impossible to her.
But not only was it impossible to make out what was happening from where he was standing down below, or from the knoll above on which some of his generals had taken their stand, but even from the fleches themselves--in which by this time there were now Russian and now French soldiers, alternately or together, dead, wounded, alive, frightened, or maddened-- even at those fleches themselves it was impossible to make out what was taking place.
It would not take place because the commanders not merely all recognized the position to be impossible, but in their conversations were only discussing what would happen after its inevitable abandonment.
It would be difficult and even impossible to imagine any result more opportune than the actual outcome of this battle.
Sofia's words freed them from deep within his mind, and Dusty's hammering at the facts made it impossible for him to silence them as he wanted to.
Why did this thought never occur to me before? and again he told himself that it was impossible, that there would be something unnatural, and as it seemed to him dishonorable, in this marriage.
"Stop them!" he shouted, and at the same moment, probably realizing that it was impossible to stop them, spurred his horse and rode to the right.
Berg smiled meekly, kissed the count on the shoulder, and said that he was very grateful, but that it was impossible for him to arrange his new life without receiving thirty thousand in ready money.
There was still no improvement in the countess' health, but it was impossible to defer the journey to Moscow any longer.
The booming cannonade and the fusillade of musketry were growing more intense over the whole field, especially to the left where Bagration's fleches were, but where Pierre was the smoke of the firing made it almost impossible to distinguish anything.
"All the points of our position are in the enemy's hands and we cannot dislodge them for lack of troops, the men are running away and it is impossible to stop them," he reported.
It was impossible first because--as experience shows that a three-mile movement of columns on a battlefield never coincides with the plans--the probability of Chichagov, Kutuzov, and Wittgenstein effecting a junction on time at an appointed place was so remote as to be tantamount to impossibility, as in fact thought Kutuzov, who when he received the plan remarked that diversions planned over great distances do not yield the desired results.
And so the conception of the action of a man subject solely to the law of inevitability without any element of freedom is just as impossible as the conception of a man's completely free action.
But feeling this to be senseless and impossible, he again glanced timidly at her.
"It's impossible," replied another.
It was evident that the thought could never occur to him which to Prince Andrew seemed so natural, namely, that it is after all impossible to express all one thinks; and that he had never felt the doubt, "Is not all I think and believe nonsense?"
It is impossible to eradicate the passions; but we must strive to direct them to a noble aim, and it is therefore necessary that everyone should be able to satisfy his passions within the limits of virtue.
No, it's impossible, she thought.
I shall die, waiting a year: it's impossible, it's awful!
The countess was still unwell and unable to travel but it was impossible to wait for her recovery.
He was instinctively and thoroughly convinced that it was impossible for him to live otherwise than as he did and that he had never in his life done anything base.
It was quite impossible to understand these sounds.
It was impossible not to retreat a day's march, and then in the same way it was impossible not to retreat another and a third day's march, and at last, on the first of September when the army drew near Moscow--despite the strength of the feeling that had arisen in all ranks--the force of circumstances compelled it to retire beyond Moscow.
Admitting the view of Barclay and others that a defensive battle at Fili was impossible, but imbued with Russian patriotism and the love of Moscow, he proposed to move troops from the right to the left flank during the night and attack the French right flank the following day.
"Mamma, it's impossible: see what is going on in the yard!" she cried.
"But it's impossible..." declared the gentlemen of the suite, shrugging their shoulders but not venturing to utter the implied word--le ridicule...
Natasha was gazing at her, but seemed afraid and in doubt whether to say all she knew or not; she seemed to feel that before those luminous eyes which penetrated into the very depths of her heart, it was impossible not to tell the whole truth which she saw.
So it is impossible to understand by what reasoning the historians reach the conclusion that this maneuver was a profound one.
Just as it is impossible to say when it was decided to abandon Moscow, so it is impossible to say precisely when, or by whom, it was decided to move to Tarutino.
Their very numbers and their crowded and swift movement deprived them of that possibility and rendered it not only difficult but impossible for the Russians to stop this movement, to which the French were directing all their energies.
After the second day's march Pierre, having examined his feet by the campfire, thought it would be impossible to walk on them; but when everybody got up he went along, limping, and, when he had warmed up, walked without feeling the pain, though at night his feet were more terrible to look at than before.
So one might have thought that regarding this period of the campaign the historians, who attributed the actions of the mass to the will of one man, would have found it impossible to make the story of the retreat fit their theory.
Thirdly it was impossible, because the military term "to cut off" has no meaning.
But pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.
It fled like a wounded animal and it was impossible to block its path.
It was impossible to take bread and clothes from our hungry and indispensable soldiers to give to the French who, though not harmful, or hated, or guilty, were simply unnecessary.
"Strange and impossible as such happiness seems, I must do everything that she and I may be man and wife," he told himself.
I know I am not worthy of her, I know it's impossible to speak of it now.
She was going to say that to speak of love was impossible, but she stopped because she had seen by the sudden change in Natasha two days before that she would not only not be hurt if Pierre spoke of his love, but that it was the very thing she wished for.
It was just when the count's affairs had become so involved that it was impossible to say what would happen if he lived another year that he unexpectedly died.
For a few seconds they gazed silently into one another's eyes--and what had seemed impossible and remote suddenly became possible, inevitable, and very near.
But he is impossible: such a child!
But to know what can and what cannot be executed is impossible, not only in the case of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in which millions participated, but even in the simplest event, for in either case millions of obstacles may arise to prevent its execution.
All the impossible orders inconsistent with the course of events remain unexecuted.
He feels that however impossible it may be, it is so, for without this conception of freedom not only would he be unable to understand life, but he would be unable to live for a single moment.
From the standpoint from which the science of history now regards its subject on the path it now follows, seeking the causes of events in man's freewill, a scientific enunciation of those laws is impossible, for however man's free will may be restricted, as soon as we recognize it as a force not subject to law, the existence of law becomes impossible.
Like Alex, it was impossible to guess what was going on in his mind by the expression on his face.
The carpenters tried to keep the dust level down, but it was impossible to avoid all of it.
The road continued to climb at a seemingly impossible grade, more rugged now with jagged rocks littering the uneven way.
The escape was less than stealthy, and it was impossible to tell if there was more than one pair of feet.
Below, he could see a displaced boulder and disturbed earth before the slope dropped off at an impossible angle into utter blackness.
The slope dropped at a precarious angle, impossible to maneuver unsecured, only a few degrees from the perpendicular.
The attacks on the coast occurred simultaneously with nukes that would've been impossible to hide, let alone smuggle into the country.
It was impossible to empathize with her.
In any event, this much is certain: We will see medical advances in the future that seem impossible today.
Friedman goes on to point out that almost anywhere in the world today, it would be impossible to get away with this fraud.
The classes I was in were very large, and it was impossible for the teachers to give me special instruction.
It is impossible, I think, to read in one day four or five different books in different languages and treating of widely different subjects, and not lose sight of the very ends for which one reads.
It is impossible not to think of all this when I return to the country after a year of work in town.
He knew so much and was so genial that it was impossible to feel dull in his presence.
How quickly I should lock up all these mighty warriors, and hoary sages, and impossible heroes, who are now almost my only companions; and dance and sing and frolic like other girls!
Why, only a little while ago people thought it quite impossible to teach the deaf-blind anything; but no sooner was it proved possible than hundreds of kind, sympathetic hearts were fired with the desire to help them, and now we see how many of those poor, unfortunate persons are being taught to see the beauty and reality of life.
When Miss Sullivan went out in the barnyard and picked up a little chicken and talked to Helen about it, she was giving a kind of instruction impossible inside four walls, and impossible with more than one pupil at a time.
To the left from that village, amid the smoke, was something resembling a battery, but it was impossible to see it clearly with the naked eye.
"But no, it is impossible, I am too ugly," she thought.
It was impossible to doubt it now.
Sonya, as she listened, thought of the immense difference there was between herself and her friend, and how impossible it was for her to be anything like as bewitching as her cousin.
Looking at them Pierre realized what contempt and animosity they all felt for the Rostovs, and that it was impossible in their presence even to mention the name of her who could give up Prince Andrew for anyone else.
What would have seemed difficult or even impossible to another woman did not cause the least embarrassment to Countess Bezukhova, who evidently deserved her reputation of being a very clever woman.
Vasilchikov and Platov had already seen the count and explained to him that it was impossible to defend Moscow and that it would have to be surrendered.
It was now, however, impossible to get back the way he had come; the maid, Aniska, was no longer there, and Pierre with a feeling of pity and disgust pressed the wet, painfully sobbing child to himself as tenderly as he could and ran with her through the garden seeking another way out.
"All the same, Aunt, it is impossible," he rejoined with a sigh, after a short pause.
It was impossible to talk.
If something occurs that is thought to be impossible, it either isn't impossible or it didn't occur.
We were tip toeing toward something impossible and it made me nervous.
It's so pleasant when you understand your true talents and realize your superiority makes you capable of near impossible goals.
Unfortunately, we didn't learn of the murder until a week after it occurred, making it impossible for Howie to "witness" the scene.
The way you tell it, it sounds nearly impossible for us to catch him if he learns everything we can and might do.
My mind was like a thousand pieces of shattered glass, impossible to make whole.
It was impossible to help Gabriel without Darkyn finding out.
His heart began to slow its impossible race.
However, parking was next to impossible, as preparations were underway for the morning parade, and driving by, he noticed the market was closed for the holiday.
It was impossible for Dean to get close enough to Billy to question him.
She wasn't in this alone, and it was impossible to shelter the children from it.
It was impossible to forget Fate or Death or any other deity once one crossed their paths or to deny that such creatures not only existed, but played a game no one else understood or had a chance of winning.
But if she challenged him on this point, she saw him making it impossible for her to die on her own terms.
Katie had hoped to make her sister a confidante but knew it was impossible so long as Kris.s claws were wrapped securely around Hannah.
If she hadn't thought it impossible for an alleged warrior to feel such a thing, she might have thought him troubled.
A large outcropping of rock made it impossible for a climber more than just a few feet below the edge, to see anyone above him.
And damn near impossible to see anything from down below, even if the overhang didn't block the view.
That's virtually impossible, Elise.
He admired the security measures, noting that it was impossible for anyone to reach the landmines, unless the biohazard elimination field was down.
It was impossible for her to think anything different.
Had it not been for the fact that the tree was almost completely severed from its trunk and had so much pressure on it from the opposite side, it would probably have been an impossible feat.
"Those wooden things are impossible to hurt," he said, "and all the damage Jim has done to them is to knock a few splinters from their noses and ears.
It is almost impossible to execute a pure controlled study of anything relating to nutrition because there are simply too many variables to consider.
Without this, it is impossible to farm at scale.
But just because it is an old dream, doesn't mean it is an impossible one.
From a scientific standpoint it is unfortunate that it was impossible to keep such a complete record of Helen Keller's development.
They tell us that Helen is "overdoing," that her mind is too active (these very people thought she had no mind at all a few months ago!) and suggest many absurd and impossible remedies.
It is impossible for any one with whom Helen is conversing to be particularly happy or sad, and withhold the knowledge of this fact from her.
It is impossible to isolate a child in the midst of society, so that he shall not be influenced by the beliefs of those with whom he associates.
After May, 1890, it was evident to me that she had reached a point where it was impossible to keep from her the religious beliefs held by those with whom she was in daily contact.
I said, "No; because, if there were no death, our world would soon be so crowded with living creatures that it would be impossible for any of them to live comfortably."
Is it impossible to combine the hardiness of these savages with the intellectualness of the civilized man?
If an ox were his property, and he wished to get needles and thread at the store, he thought it would be inconvenient and impossible soon to go on mortgaging some portion of the creature each time to that amount.
But when she saw that Pierre's sacrilegious words had not exasperated the vicomte, and had convinced herself that it was impossible to stop him, she rallied her forces and joined the vicomte in a vigorous attack on the orator.
"Impossible!" cried Prince Andrew.
The road was so obstructed with carts that it was impossible to get by in a carriage.
Reasons were found for the incredible, unheard- of, and impossible event of a Russian defeat, everything became clear, and in all corners of Moscow the same things began to be said.
"If you noticed some disorder in the garden," said Alpatych, "it was impossible to prevent it.
"No, that's impossible," said he, "for our sovereign appreciated him so highly before."
He muttered unceasingly, his eyebrows and lips twitching, and it was impossible to tell whether he understood what was going on around him or not.
"No, he's not dead--it's impossible!" she told herself and approached him, and repressing the terror that seized her, she pressed her lips to his cheek.
Sometimes shouts were heard through the firing, but it was impossible to tell what was being done there.
She consulted a Russian priest as to the possibility of divorce and remarriage during a husband's lifetime, and the priest told her that it was impossible, and to her delight showed her a text in the Gospel which (as it seemed to him) plainly forbids remarriage while the husband is alive.
"But military men have told me that it is impossible to fight in the town," said Pierre, "and that the position..."
The recent chain of events made it impossible for her to deny something serious was going on, and she was somehow involved.
This is all you'll give me? she asked, torn between fury and sorrow at the impossible challenge.
It's impossible to be angry at a seductress.
He was cool, distant, impossible to read.
Her longtime friend was impossible to read, as usual, and she saw the similarity in features between him and Andre.
It was an impossible situation for her.
He found it impossible to fathom someone so beautiful becoming something so ugly.
It was impossible not to respond.
It was all they could do, for to go away and leave that strange sight was impossible; nor could they hurry its fall in any way.
"But that's impossible," said Prince Andrew as if it were a matter settled long ago.
It was impossible to stand near him and not relax.
He knew it the day they met, but it was impossible to say exactly why.
This makes it impossible for a man to live honestly, and at the same time comfortably in outward respects.
It is impossible to suppose that Rostopchin had scared them by his accounts of horrors Napoleon had committed in conquered countries.
An answer was impossible, even if she could stop coughing long enough.
While Cynthia skipping with Jeffrey was next to impossible for Dean to buy, no one could convince him she would abandon her son.
You are impossible and very sort of drunk.
The Original Being was impossible to track with his senses and seemed to fade in and out of existence.
She felt that it was impossible to ask, or to answer, in words.