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To pursue a goal which is by definition unattainable is to condemn oneself to a state of perpetual unhappiness.
Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The knowledge that makes us cherish innocence makes innocence unattainable.
When you're obsessive, like me, searching for something unattainable can become unhealthy... it's like falling through the air and grabbing at the clouds.
I could stand to lose 10 or 15 pounds, but honestly, I'm happy the way I am. I feel comfortable with it. I'd rather have that extra 10, 15 pounds on me than live a lifestyle of trying to sustain this unattainable weight.
The dog and the rabbit are telling us not to chase unattainable material goals.
Teachers are expected to reach unattainable goals with inadequate tools. The miracle is that at times they accomplish this impossible task.
I think my appeal is that I've always tried to stay very grounded to my fans and to be accessible - not being this unattainable thing. I think doing sports and riding motorcycles has made me more approachable and more real and down to earth.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
Perfection is an unattainable goal. It isn't going to be perfect. Just get words down on paper, and when you stumble to what you think is the end of the book, you will have hundreds of pages of words that came out of your head. It may not be perfect, but it looks like a book.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Christian Grey - he isn't a real person. He's a superhero. A myth. He's like Bigfoot! He's unbelievable. He's unattainable. There's no actor in the world who could live up to that.
Taylor Swift is so flawless, and so unattainable, and I don't think it's breeding anything good in young girls.
Ignorance is the first requisite of the historian - ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.
I think that I have self esteem issues, really. If you really analyse it... People who really like me I have no interest in. The unattainable is always that I want to attain.
I need to start honing in on projects that I want to devote my time to and not put my energies into the unattainable ones.
I'd always wanted to be on Broadway one day, but it seemed like a dream that might be unattainable. This business has a lot of ups and downs and I learned that pretty quickly.
I was always reading those beauty magazines and wanting to become this unattainable thing.
Perfection is worth striving for, even if it is ultimately unattainable in this life.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
The visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable.
I have a tendency to run after people who are completely unattainable and uninterested and make a complete fool of myself.
I can't comprehend that I'm in the film of 'Les Miserables.' It's one of those dreams I thought would be unattainable for someone like me, who came from nowhere.
When you fall in love with favourite movie stars, it's not because they're movie stars and unattainable, but because they show you sides of themselves that are extremely personal.
I tell my students to try early in life to find an unattainable objective.
Body image - what we're supposed to look like - is made so unattainable that all girls are put in this position of feeling inferior. That's a horrible thing.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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