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She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
  to gain or reach something with effort
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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.
  • Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
    Helen Keller
  • Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
    Abigail Adams

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  • "I have only to go stubbornly on towards my aim, and I shall attain my end,"
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • There are men whose desire for truth is so great that to attain it they will shatter the very foundation of their world.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • He was too simple to wonder when he had attained humility.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Old Man and the Sea
  • Neither party expected for the war the magnitude or the duration which it has already attained.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Jack drew up his legs, clasped his knees, and frowned in an effort to attain clarity.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies

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  • When he used the twine to wrap himself around a star, he attained speeds no one had ever seen before, It was 2140 when Ender dismissed the evening practice.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It occurred to me that he had been very slowly bending toward her all evening to attain this proximity, and even while I watched I saw him stoop one ultimate degree and kiss at her cheek.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ...and henceforth cease to talk of the natural inferiority of those who require nothing but time and opportunity to attain to the highest point of human excellence.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • For Quackenbush had been systematically disliked since he first set foot in Devon, with careless, disinterested insults coming at him from the beginning, voting for and applauding the class leaders through years of attaining nothing he wanted for himself.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When I had attained the age of seventeen my parents resolved that I should become a student at the university of Ingolstadt.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • ...But ’tis a common proof,
    That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
    Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
    But, when he once attains the upmost round,
    He then unto the ladder turns his back,
    Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
    By which he did ascend.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • A vote was, to Jefferson, a precious privilege a man attained for himself in a—a live-and-let-live economy.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • My questions lead to more questions, most urgently how becoming the leader of an Empire I loathe can possibly result in my attaining "true freedom—of body and of soul."
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • What is the maximum height attained by the Pop-Tart?
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Our relationship immediately attained a sepia tone: the past.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Nothing will prevent us from attaining the greater good.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And yet in the end, she never attained the virtuosity the best young performers must have in order to be promoted to the next ranks.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • She also taught penmanship, which was the one subject in which I did not attain excellence, because Writing Mistress issued no orders.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • The wind generated from such a column could reach out hundreds of feet and might attain hurricanelike speeds.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Some skills can be attained by education, and some by practice, and some by time.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • A stonemason who served as a private in another Massachusetts regiment considered "the object of our government as one worth dying to attain—the maintenance of our free institutions which must of necessity result in the freedom of every human being over whom the stars and stripes wave."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Although I can no longer remember for certain, it must have been the same sort of catharsis I was trying to attain in this last section on Leslie—following my meditation on Gide—which I include here.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And the gypsy skin showed the deep-baked tan of months, no, years, of exposure to the weather, not the light golden color Frank’s had attained during our Scottish holiday.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He attains celebrity status with his evening game of Crazy Cat.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Go out with an attainable boy, then!
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • It’s responsible for organizing your thoughts and actions to attain your goals.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • It is something that some writers reach for their entire careers and never attain.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Have you sought for means of attaining your aim in religion?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • And that was a level of fitness and strength that could only be attained by those who actively sought it.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • I will say nothing to add to his anxieties, but I will take my own steps to attain my own end.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Is it possible that even now, when I give you these results, you are unable to see how they are attained?
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • — I tell you I have nearly attained MY heaven; and that of others is altogether unvalued and uncovered by me.’
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I will only say that it took me a series of nasty and dangerous adventures to attain it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was not enough to reach the walls; an opening in them must be accomplished, and to attain this purpose the party only had their pocket-knives.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • I told you Villefort was ambitious, and to attain this ambition Villefort would sacrifice everything, even his father.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He was struggling for the appearance of composure, and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The heights he had attained, heights we puny mortals could only dream of achieving, were trumpeted and crowed about by Mommy in every corner of the house.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • Dinosaurs mature rapidly, attaining full size in two to four years.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Kronos has not yet attained full power.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • At the end of an afternoon that had contained much excitement, much beautiful evil, one blood-soaked ankle, and a slap from a trusted hand, Liesel Meminger attained her second success story.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • I was not going to risk the position I had attained when no good end could have been served.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Control would be more difficult to attain than it was in the Continuum.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Even Josie Pye attained a certain preeminence as the sharpest-tongued young lady in attendance at Queen’s.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Billy was a good runner, which, considering the range we hoped to attain, I thought we might need to help us find our rockets.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • The creature is some sixteen feet in length, while its horn averages five feet, though some exceed ten, and even attain to fifteen feet.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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