If Miss Brooke ever attained perfect meekness, it would not be for lack of inward fire.
Of course, I wish you to make discoveries: no one could more wish you to attain a high position in some better place than Middlemarch.
At the age of two-and-twenty Mary had certainly not attained that perfect good sense and good principle which are usually recommended to the less fortunate girl, as if they were to be obtained in quantities ready mixed, with a flavor of resignation as required.
In conduct these ends had been attained; but the difficulty of making his Key to all Mythologies unimpeachable weighed like lead upon his mind; and the pamphlets—or "Parerga" as he called them—by which he tested his public and deposited small monumental records of his march, were far from having been seen in all their significance.
He had said to himself that the only winning he cared for must be attained by a conscious process of high, difficult combination tending towards a beneficent result.
That is a rare and blessed lot which some greatest men have not attained, to know ourselves guiltless before a condemning crowd—to be sure that what we are denounced for is solely the good in us.
"I quite agree with you," said Will, determined to change the situation—"so much so that I have made up my mind not to run that risk of never attaining a failure.
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She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
They hope to attain effective law and order in the region before withdrawing troops.