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1. "For however inhospitable the wind, from this vantage point Manhattan was simply so improbable, so wonderful, so obviously full of promise - that you wanted to approach it for the rest of your life without ever quite arriving."
Author: Amor Towles
2. "No soy un caballero y probablemente no sea lo que tú quieres, pero puedes estar segura de que voy a ser lo que necesitas"
Author: Anne Stuart
3. "The orator acknowledg'd the fault, but laid it upon the rum; and then endeavored to excuse the rum by saying, "The Great Spirit, who made all things, made every thing for some use, and whatever use he design'd any thing for, that use it should always be put to. Now, when he made rum, he said 'Let this be for the Indians to get drunk with,' and it must be so." And, indeed, if it be the design of Providence to extirpate these savages in order to make room for cultivators of the earth, it seems not improbable that rum may be the appointed means. It has already annihilated all the tribes who formerly inhabited the sea-coast."
Author: Benjamin Franklin
4. "El impulso natural de la persona vigorosa y decente es tratar de hacer el bien, pero si se ve privada de todo poder político y de toda oportunidad de influir en los acontecimientos, se verá desviada de su curso natural, y decidirá que lo importante es ser bueno. Eso es lo que les ocurrió a los primeros cristianos; ha conducido a un concepto de santidad personal como algo completamente independiente de la acción benéfica, ya que la santidad tenía que ser algo que podía ser logrado por personas impotentes en la acción. Por lo tanto, la virtud social llegó a estar excluida de la ética cristiana. Hasta hoy los cristianos convencionales piensan que un adúltero es peor que un político que acepta sobornos, aunque este último probablemente hace un mal mil veces mayor."
Author: Bertrand Russell
5. "What we firmly believe, if it is true, is called knowledge, provided it is either intuitive or inferred (logically or psychologically) from intuitive knowledge from which it follows logically. What we firmly believe, if it is not true, is called error. What we firmly believe, if it is neither knowledge nor error, and also what we believe hesitatingly, because it is, or is derived from, something which has not the highest degree of self-evidence, may be called probable opinion. Thus the greater part of what would commonly pass as knowledge is more or less probable opinion."
Author: Bertrand Russell
6. "Equally arresting are British pub names. Other people are content to dub their drinking establishment with pedestrian names like Harry's Bar and the Greenwood Lounge. But a Briton, when he wants to sup ale, must find his way to the Dog and Duck, the Goose and Firkin, the Flying Spoon, or the Spotted Dog. The names of Britain's 70,000 or so pubs cover a broad range, running from the inspired to the improbable, from the deft to the daft. Almost any name will do so long as it is at least faintly absurd, unconnected with the name of the owner, and entirely lacking in any suggestion of drinking, conversing, and enjoying oneself. At a minimum the name should puzzle foreigners-this is a basic requirement of most British institutions-and ideally it should excite long and inconclusive debate, defy all logical explanation, and evoke images that border on the surreal."
Author: Bill Bryson
7. "No matter how high are one's estimates of human stupidity, one is repeatedly and recurrently startled by the fact that:a) people whom one had once judged rational and intelligent turn out to be unashamedly stupid.b) day after day, with unceasing monotony, one is harassed in one's activities by stupid individuals who appear suddenly and unexpectedly in the most inconvenient places and at the most improbable moments."
Author: Carlo M. Cipolla
8. "Quiero hacerle un cumplido. Me fascina que pueda interesarse tanto por una persona que no conoce de nada, que no ha visto nunca y probablemente no vea jamás, y de la que tampoco tiene nada más que esperar, ya que no puede saber si va a corresponderle. Es algo muy insólito en los hombres, y lo aprecio."
Author: Daniel Glattauer
9. "He splayed a hand out over the photographs, trembling fingers not quite touching the shiny surface, and then he turned and leaned toward me, slowly, with the improbable grace of a tall tree falling. He buried his face in my shoulder and went very quietly and thoroughly to pieces."
Author: Diana Gabaldon
10. "The idea was fantastically, wildly improbable. But like most fantastically, wildly improbable ideas it was at least as worthy of consideration as a more mundane one to which the facts had been strenuously bent to fit."
Author: Douglas Adams
11. "In the midst of this utopia, which only your fellow lone voyagers would perceive, you used to transgress society's rules unknowingly, and no one would hold you accountable for it. You would mistakenly enter private residences, go to concerts to which you had not been invited, eat at community banquets where you could only guess the community's identity when they started giving speeches. Had you behaved like this in your own country, you would have been taken for a liar or a fool. But the improbable ways of a foreigner are accepted. Far from your home, you used to taste the pleasure of being mad without being alienated, of being an imbecile without renouncing your intelligence, of being an impostor without culpability."
Author: Édouard Levé
12. "No matter how improbable an assertion is, if it is made with enough assurance it has an affect."
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
13. "If pure philosophy took any of its ideas from Christian revelation, if anything in the Bible and the Gospel has passed into metaphysics, if, in short, it is inconceivable that the system of Descartes, Malebranche, and Leibniz would be what in fact they are had they been altogether withdrawn from Christian influence, then it becomes, highly probable that since the influence of Christianity on philosophy was a reality, the concept of Christian philosophy is not without a real meaning."
Author: Étienne Gilson
14. "[Regarding mathematics,] there are now few studies more generally recognized, for good reasons or bad, as profitable and praiseworthy. This may be true; indeed it is probable, since the sensational triumphs of Einstein, that stellar astronomy and atomic physics are the only sciences which stand higher in popular estimation."
Author: G.H. Hardy
15. "He stared and talked at the girl's red hair and amused face for what seemed to be a few minutes; and then, feeling that the groups in such a place should mix, rose to his feet. To his astonishment, he discovered the whole garden empty. Everyone had gone long ago, and he went himself with a rather hurried apology. He left with a sense of champagne in his head, which he could not afterwards explain. In the wild events which were to follow, this girl had no part at all; he never saw her again until all his tale was over. And yet, in some indescribable way, she kept recurring like a motive in music through all his mad adventures afterwards, and the glory of her strange hair ran like a red thread through those dark and ill-drawn tapestries of the night. For what followed was so improbable that it might well have been a dream."
Author: G.K. Chesterton
16. "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth. - Shinichi Kudo"
Author: Gosho Aoyama
17. "Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
Author: H.L. Mencken
18. "Blind nature will nearly always select the most probable, but man can let the most improbable become actual."
Author: Hans Jonas
19. "In quantum physics, nothing is impossible – only more or less improbable. The observer influences the manifestation of the observed with his thoughts"
Author: Ivan Figueroa Otero
20. "¿qué puede justificar la fidelidad, fuera de la palabra empeñada? Pero la palabra empeñada a menudo se empeña a la ligera. Sino se la empeñase así, es probable que se la empeñaría mucho más raramente."
Author: Jacques Lacan
21. "Ansiaba su estima cuando ya no podía esperar obtenerla; necesitaba oirlo cuando no parecía existir la menor probabilidad de avenencia; estaba convencida de que habría sido dichosa a su lado, cuando no era probable que se produjera un nuevo encuentro entre ambos."
Author: Jane Austen
22. "Opportunity arises when a seemingly impossible task is met with an improbable solution."
Author: Jeffrey Fry
23. "It is exceedingly improbable that the identical action of the corresponding parts of the two retina is the result of a certain habituation, or of the influence of the mind."
Author: Johannes P. Muller
24. "Certains mots sont probablement aptes à changer le monde, ils ont le pouvoir de nous consoler et de sécher nos larmes. Certains mots sont des balles de fusil, d'autres des notes de violon. Certains sont capables de faire fondre la glace qui nous enserre le cœur et il est même possible de les dépêcher comme des cohortes de sauveteurs quand les jours sont contraires et que nous ne sommes peut-être ni vivants ni morts. (p. 74)"
Author: Jón Kalman Stefánsson
25. "His very existence was improbable, inexplicable, and altogether bewildering. He was an insoluble problem. It was inconceivable how he had existed, how he had succeeded in getting so far, how he had managed to remain -- why he did not instantly disappear."
Author: Joseph Conrad
26. "[Original text in French] Giovanni n'avait pas menti. Sagra était une merveille baroque, une collision improbable et inquiétante de la nature et de l'art.[My translation to English] Giovanni hadn't lied. Sagra was a Baroque wonder, an unlikely and disturbing collision between Nature and Arts.[My translation to Spanish] Giovanni no había mentido. Sagra era una maravilla barroca, una colisión improbable e inquitante de la naturaleza con el arte."
Author: Julien Gracq
27. "Ergo, because of the money problem, it is probable that our orchestras will soon go down in quality."
Author: Lara St. John
28. "In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable."
Author: Madame De Stael
29. "Como una gran diosa que preside de lejos los juegos de las divinidades inferiores, la princesa se había quedado voluntariamente un poco al fondo, en un canapé lateral, rojo como una roca de coral, al lado de una ancha reverberación vidriosa que era probablemente una luna y que hacía pensar en una sección que un rayo de luz hubiera practicado, perpendicular, oscura y líquida, en el cristal deslumbrado de las aguas. Pluma y corola a un tiempo, como ciertas floraciones marinas, una gran flor blanca, aterciopelada como un ala, descendía desde la frente de la princesa a lo largo de una de sus mejillas cuya inflexión seguía con flexibilidad coqueta, amorosa y viva, y parecía encerrarla a medias como un huevo rosa en la blandura de un nido de martinete."
Author: Marcel Proust
30. "Perhaps it is not-being that is the true state, and all our dream of life is inexistent; but, if so, we feel that these phrases of music, these conceptions which exist in relation to our dream, must be nothing either. We shall perish, but we have as hostages these divine captives who will follow and share our fate. And death in their company is somehow less bitter, less inglorious, perhaps even less probable."
Author: Marcel Proust
31. "Ha dejado que la ame durante tres minutos.«¿Pueden tres minutos durar eternamente?», me pregunto pese a conocer la respuesta.«Probablemente no —contesto—. Pero tal vez duren lo suficiente.»"
Author: Markus Zusak
32. "I don't say 'Tis impossible for an impudent man not to rise in the world, but a moderate merit with a large share of impudence is more probable to be advanced than the greatest qualifications without it."
Author: Mary Wortley Montagu
33. "In lower Manhattan there is an improbable point where Waverly Place intersects Waverly Place. It was there that I met Veronica, on a snowy, windy night."
Author: Nicholas Christopher
34. "Todos los idiotas van por la vida pensando que son especiales, haciendo suyo ese engreimiento solipsista según el cual piensas que todo gira alrededor de ti, únicamente de ti. ¿Se nace con esta idea? Probablemente. Cuando descubres la empatía, se supone que abandonas lo anterior, pero tengo mis dudas de que sea posible hacerlo. Los monjes zen se pasan toda la vida intentándolo, pero es difícil. Siempre existe la posibilidad, por muy remota que pueda parecer, de que lo único verdaderamente importante es lo que está en tu mente, que tú eres la estrella de espectáculo, que todos los demás son simples personajes secundarios y que después de que tú mueras, todo dejará de existir."
Author: Nick Sagan
35. "Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable."
Author: Oscar Wilde
36. "Yes, she is in love with him, and yes, in spite of his qualms and inner hesitations, he loves her back, however improbable that might seem to him. Note here for the record that he is not someone with a special fixation on young girls. Until now, all the women in his life have been more or less his own age. Pilar therefore does not represent an embodiment of some ideal female type for him--she is merely herself, a small piece of luck he stumbled across one afternoon in a public park, an exception to every rule."
Author: Paul Auster
37. "A cormorant broke the surface, like an improbable idea tearing the membrane between dreams and life."
Author: Peter Carey
38. "As geographers, Sosius, crowd into the edges of their maps parts of the world which they do not know about, adding notes in the margin to the effect, that beyond this lies nothing but sandy deserts full of wild beasts, unapproachable bogs, Scythian ice, or a frozen sea, so, in this work of mine, in which I have compared the lives of the greatest men with one another, after passing through those periods which probable reasoning can reach to and real history find a footing in, I might very well say of those that are farther off, beyond this there is nothing but prodigies and fictions, the only inhabitants are the poets and inventors of fables; there is no credit, or certainty any farther."
Author: Plutarch
39. "She looks at me out of the side of her uncovered eye. "Chess, Zombie: defending yourself from the move that hasn't happened yet. Does it matter that he doesn't light up through our eyepieces? That he missed us when he could have taken us own? If two possibilities are equally probable but mutually exclusive, which one matters the most? Which one do you bet your life on?"
Author: Rick Yancey
40. "It means that your birth, with all your particulars, is a wildly improbable event, and hence precious. You won the sweepstakes by being born at all. Think of all the wallflower sperm and egg cells. You made it, buddy. Whew! What a staggering wonder! What a thing to rejoice in! The lottery wasn't fixed! God didn't rig it! You won fair and square! What a miracle!"
Author: Robert M. Price
41. "Fossey, Fossey, you cranky difficult strong-arming self-destructive misanthrope, mediocre scientist, deceiver of earnest college students, probable cause of more deaths of the gorillas than if you had never set foot in Rwanda, Fossey, you pain-in-the-ass saint, I do not believe in prayers or souls, but I will pray for your soul, I will remember you for all of my days, in gratitude for that moment by the graves when all I felt was the pure, cleansing sadness of returning home and finding nothing but ghosts."
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
42. "Escucha siempre con atención, Max, las palabras que dicen las mujeres mientras son folladas. Si no hablan, bien, entonces no tienes nada que escuchar y probablemente no tendrás nada que pensar, pero si hablan, aunque sólo sea un murmullo, escucha sus palabras y piensa en ellas, piensa en su significado, piensa en lo que dicen y en lo que no dicen, intenta comprender qué es lo que en realidad quieren decir. Las mujeres son putas asesinas, Max, son monos ateridos de frío que contemplan el horizonte desde un árbol enfermo, son princesas que te buscan en la oscuridad, llorando, indagando las palabras que nunca podrán decir."
Author: Roberto Bolaño
43. "If a man had a little button sewn on the inner pocket of his coat 'on principle' his otherwise unimportant and quite serviceable action would become charged with importance--it is not improbable that it would result in the formation of a society."
Author: Søren Kierkegaard
44. "A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats. In a ten-foot dinghy one can get an idea of the resources of the sea in the line of waves that is not probable to the average experience, which is never at sea in a dinghy."
Author: Stephen Crane
45. "The proof of evolution lies in those adaptations that arise from improbable foundations."
Author: Stephen Jay Gould
46. "Es la regla Sherlock: cuando eliminas lo imposible, lo que queda, por improbable que sea, es la respuesta."
Author: Stephen King
47. "I wondered to myself why no one else had seen him standing so far away, before he was suddenly, impossibly saving my life. With chagrin, I realized the probable cause - no one else was as aware of Edward as I always was. No one else watched him the way I did. How pitiful."
Author: Stephenie Meyer
48. "Después todos hablaron de lo que harían con veinticinco dólares. Todos hablaban a la vez, insistentes y contradictorias sus voces, convirtiendo lo irreal en posible, luego en probable, después en hecho incontrovertible, como hace la gente al trasnformar sus deseos en palabras."
Author: William Faulkner
49. "No fiction is good fiction unless it is true to life, and yet no life is worth relating unless it be a life out of the ordinary; and then it seems improbable like fiction."
Author: William Gerhardie
50. "We see it [the as-yet unseen, probable new planet, Neptune] as Columbus saw America from the coast of Spain. Its movements have been felt, trembling along the far-reaching line of our analysis with a certainty hardly inferior to that of ocular demonstration."
Author: William Herschel

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