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  • The true aim of everyone who aspires to be a teacher should be, not to impart his own opinions, but to kindle minds.
    Frederick William Robertson
  • As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.
    M. Cartmill
  • If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.
    Cicero
  • I never aspired to wealth or fame.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • In God ’tis glory: And when men aspire,
    ’tis but a spark too much of heavenly fire.
    —John Dryden "Absalom and Achitophel"
     PROLOGUE: FALL LIKE RAIN
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He often put on this face, an imitation of the sensible, no-nonsense dad I think he aspired to be.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The final member of our ragtag band of aspiring yogis was Sister Platte, who took proper form very seriously.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • By living here it’s clear these folk are aspiring to a more privileged life, though perhaps it’s true that most will never see better than the West Hill of Ebbington, which by all rights should be as good as any place in what really matters, just as righteous, just as valued, but isn’t all the same.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I gave him my most critical stare—the one I used to crush aspiring singers during Broadway auditions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Helene, their daughter, is nineteen now Short-haired, petite, an aspiring violinist.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • It was a cruel period for the aspiring swordsman, especially if he was young and destitute.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • No angel will aspire to it!
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • James Voskuhl had been an aspiring musician who had floated on the edge of the music scene in Seattle, finally hooking his way into representing a couple of upcoming bands.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Then it had not been merely the stars to which he had aspired on that June night.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Filing for bankruptcy at the age of twenty-eight was not something I had aspired to do.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • "No, you aspire to design your outfit and be like me, your fashion hero," says Cinna.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • For someone who aspires to be a chemistry teacher, you’re off to a very poor start, Mr. Fuentes.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • Mandatory reading for anyone aspiring to the title of intellectual.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This match, to which you have the presumption to aspire, can never take place.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But she knew he wouldn’t agree; like the aspiring politician he was, he loved being the center of attention.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • ’And what have you done to aspire to this honor?’ demanded the lieutenant.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • It’s something to aspire to.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Oh, high aspiring, rainbowed jet!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I felt my fate suddenly twinned with that of Shea, an aspiring drug dealer who I knew didn’t really give a damn about me.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • He recalled her memory with ardent, tender love, and hopeful aspiring to the better world; where he doubted not she was gone.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • The entire array, moreover, clad in burnished steel, and with plumage nodding over their bright morions, had a brilliancy of effect which no modern display can aspire to equal.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • You don’t think Dad would enjoy a few days of watching TV shows that are not about aspiring models and ordering pizza every night, using paper towels as plates so he doesn’t have to do the dishes?
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I have known what it is to dare and to aspire, to dream mighty dreams and to see them perish—to see all the fair flowers of my spirit trampled into the mire by the wild-beast powers of my life.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A Tito to aspire to Berenice?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • She had never aspired to the presidency; the Operating Department was her only concern.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Captain Black, who had aspired to the position himself, maintained that Major Major really was Henry Fonda but was too chickenshit to admit it.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • We were maids and farmers, handymen and washerwomen, and anything higher that we aspired to was farcical and presumptuous.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The goal to which I have aspired for CHAPTER III.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • They aspired greedily, and then refused to face the responsibilities they had created.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Whatever my fate may be, I don’t aspire to rule.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Well, really, when I consider that she has turned her back—I will not say upon me, but upon so much that many have aspired to without success—I can hardly explain it in any other fashion.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • It’s pretty generally understood that men don’t aspire after the absolute right, but only to do about as well as the rest of the world.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Milady continued: "One day our doors will ope, With God come our desire; And if betrays that hope, To death we can aspire."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She timidly laid her hand on his dear breast, and put up a prayer that she might ever be as true to him as her love aspired to be, and as his sorrows deserved.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I’ve longed so to sing in the Sunday-school choir, as Diana does, but I feared it was an honor I could never aspire to.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Truly we are a nation of aspiring engineers: shortly after, there was a boy named Omprakash who was calling himself Omega, and another who was passing himself off as Upsilon, and for a while there was a Gamma, a Lambda and a Delta.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then three or four western bad men aspired to clean out the town, were riddled like pepper-boxes for their pains, and public interest turned to other idols.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • With clanging scream, a horsetail plume his crest, The aspiring lord of Argos onward pressed.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • None, as on former occasions, aspired to the honor of walking by their pastor’s side.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Here was the end of the kindly, courteous house which had always welcomed her, the house where in futile dreams she had aspired to be mistress.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "I would gladly believe her such," returned Duncan, hastily; "I could wish her to be even more; but with you, Alice, I have the permission of your father to aspire to a still nearer and dearer tie."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • At the same time, nobody could wonder if Mr. Elton should have aspired—Miss Woodhouse lets me chatter on, so good-humouredly.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • One might almost assume he aspired to Great House status.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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