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If elephants didn't exist, you couldn't invent one. They belong to a small group of living things so unlikely they challenge credulity and common sense.
It's impossible to change the social without changing the personal - you have to put your money where your mouth is. And if you're not making those challenges at home, it's unlikely you'll make them in a larger setting.
Carrie Mae Weems
Be realistic and truthful - and tell Hong Kong businessmen honestly that they should go for long-term investments since it is unlikely money can be made in the short haul.
If all you're trying to do is essentially the same thing as your rivals, then it's unlikely that you'll be very successful.
The idea that somebody else is going to swoop down and play the fairy godmother role is pretty unlikely, so why not take care of yourself?
I recognized that information was, in many respects, like a public good, and it was this insight that made it clear to me that it was unlikely that the private market would provide efficient resource allocations whenever information was endogenous.
Guantanamo is still open, but it's unlikely that serious torture is going on at Guantanamo. There is just too much inspection.
My life is neither a disaster nor supernatural, yet it is an unlikely event.
Because I'm short and slim, I can identify with somebody who's an unlikely fit for something and desperately wants to be part of it.
Musicians now find themselves in the unlikely position of being legitimate. At least the IRS thinks so.
Mother Angelica is proof that we are not limited by other's perceptions, and that God sometimes calls the most unlikely people to great things.
The reality is that a person who has always struggled with numbers is unlikely to be a great accountant or statistician.
Life gives you enough hard knocks so it's unlikely you'll stay that sure of yourself.
Kids are like glue: they can bond together, unlikely companions, even when there is little else left to maintain the connection.
It's unlikely that the organized religions will get more sectarian... or is it? I am not at all sure.
Stars that become supernovae start off at least eight times heavier than our sun. They're so short-lived that, even if they have planets, there is unlikely to be time for life to get started. The surface is 40,000C and, as a result, the colouring will be extremely blue.
Free societies, which allow differences to speak and be heard, and live by intermarriage, commerce, and free migration, and democratic societies, which convert enemies into adversaries and reconcile differences without resort to violence, are societies in which the genocidal temptation is unlikely and even inconceivable.
My colleague Bill Keegan has written a very short book ('Saving the World?') on an unlikely topic - he is the first economist to try to rehabilitate Gordon Brown.
Critics might contend that putting former private-sector CEOs in the president's Cabinet places the fox in the henhouse. But it's unlikely such executives would expose themselves to the headaches if they weren't genuinely motivated by the call to service.
I think it's extremely unlikely that the European Union will fracture with nations dropping off the edge.
War as Napoleon knew it just not possible any more. However, we're very unlikely to accept or recognize 'world peace' even when we get it.
Sweet, loveable, and with every click revealing a new surprise, 'Botanicula' creates both a wonderful world where bees and twigs play in the universe and sets up a daring story of a group of unlikely heroes taking on a tree's last hope of survival.
If someone makes you feel wrong-footed, you're unlikely to find them witty.
It's always fun to put fake celebrities in unlikely situations, but somehow it's even more fun when politicians are involved.
We are told that the first part of the process is to select the very smallest seeds from the smallest plants, which is not at all unlikely, but I cannot speak to the fact from my own observation.
C. S. Lewis
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