The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

Hubble Site: Hot Blue Stars at the Core of Globular Cluster

As the daughter of an English teacher, I was immersed early in the writings, stories, and films of classic literature. A favorite of my father’s, and therefore mine, is the story of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Over and over I listened to the songs, memorized the quotes, and grew affectionate towards this parody of an insane man on a quest to right all wrongs. As I came to understand the significance of this man and his noble quest, the words to this song have grown deeper in meaning.

This February, when spring is still a promise and the sky is bleak and gray, let your life be filled with vision and purpose. Quiet your heart and prepare to run the race marked out for you ahead.


The Impossible Dream

To dream the impossible dream

To fight the unbeatable foe

To bear with unbearable sorrow

To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong

To love pure and chaste from afar

To try when your arms are too weary

To reach the unreachable star


This is my quest

To follow that star

No matter how hopeless

No matter how far


To fight for the right

Without question or pause

To be willing to march into Hell

For a heavenly cause


And I know if I’ll only be true

To this glorious quest

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm

When I’m laid to my rest


And the world will be better for this

That one man, scorned and covered with scars

Still strove with his last ounce of courage

To reach the unreachable star.


–Joe Darion


2 thoughts on “The Impossible Dream (The Quest)

  1. vidhyanair says:

    Don Quixote was really a brave man but unfortunately the world condemned him as a fool…

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