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She gave lip service to the world: she went through the motions of complying with the regulations governing the behavior of teenaged girls from good families; she developed a halfway interest in clothes, boys, hairdos, gossip, and female aspirations; but she was uneasy all the time she was away from the security of those who she knew loved her.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  a cherished desire
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aspirations aspiration aspiratory
Strongly Associated with:   aspire, aspirant
Standard suffix:  The suffix, "ation" converts the verb aspire to a noun; though do not confuse this with the word aspiration.
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  • She gave lip service to the world: she went through the motions of complying with the regulations governing the behavior of teenaged girls from good families; she developed a halfway interest in clothes, boys, hairdos, gossip, and female aspirations; but she was uneasy all the time she was away from the security of those who she knew loved her.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • George’s white court-appointed attorney, a tax lawyer with political aspirations, called no witnesses.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Do you have aspirations for a career?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Buchanan may have just been a pundit with lofty aspirations, but Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of Maricopa County, agreed with Buchanan, and though just as vocal, he wields real authority.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts

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  • Humble, no visible aspirations for wealth.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Their dreams and aspirations had the grandeur, scope, and breadth of postage stamps.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I wondered about the nature of my aspirations, the very supports of my existence; and I began to feel that any life I might have anywhere—however rich and successful and better furnished—would only be a version of the life I lived now.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • At twenty-two, struggling to become some kind of writer, I found that the creative heat which at eighteen had nearly consumed me with its gorgeous, relentless flame had flickered out to a dim pilot light registering little more than a token glow in my breast, or wherever my hungriest aspirations once resided.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Well, could you maybe say something about your generation of artists—your generation of woman artists—and their aspirations and goals?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • You put the Fuller products in among their aspirations.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King

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  • Kathy was a woman who hoped to satisfy her own vague artistic aspirations through an association with someone engaged in the act of creating.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • She could shrink your aspirations before your very eyes.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Not long ago, Louie’s aspirations had ended at whose kitchen he might burgle.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • LUMA’S THREE TEAMS had their own needs and aspirations.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He was ambitious in the extreme, and like Walt McCandless, his aspirations extended to his progeny.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • They made her aware of her own lowliness, her plain looks, her lack of aspirations, her ignorance of so many things.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • His father was a narrow-minded trader and saw idleness and ruin in the aspirations and ambition of his son.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Then who was executing him, killing him, depriving him of life—him, Pierre, with all his memories, aspirations, hopes, and thoughts?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Mary realized the letter effectively closed the door on her college aspirations.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Thus a single man comes to represent, not a lone freak, but the multitude of all men together, to embody the reach of all aspirations in his own….
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Maybe it was a symbol of the balance in my life between aspiration and pragmatism.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • How maddening it was to have been born in a cotton field with aspirations of grandeur.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Beyond this, the IQ level becomes relatively unimportant in terms of ordinary occupational aspirations and criteria of success.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • And why had I these aspirations and these regrets?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She was patient—a martyr, indeed but she forebore to pray for enemies, lest, in spite of her forgiving aspirations, the words of the blessing should stubbornly twist themselves into a curse.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • At present he’s discharged from the trouble of calling; owing to some presumptuous aspirations after Miss Linton which he manifested.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • I wouldn’t hold a stillborn aspiration.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • All the best of me belongs to her—there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • I realized now that I’d long ago given up any aspirations of shining at anything.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • It was the biggest cafe in the ghetto, and had artistic aspirations.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • In every department of life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • For the touch of grief will render My wild nature more serene, Give to life new aspirations, A new trust in the unseen.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Mr. Wopsle said grace with theatrical declamation,—as it now appears to me, something like a religious cross of the Ghost in Hamlet with Richard the Third,—and ended with the very proper aspiration that we might be truly grateful.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • For young whales, in the highest health, and swelling with noble aspirations, prematurely cut off in the warm flush and May of life, with all their panting lard about them; even these brawny, buoyant heroes do sometimes sink.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They had social aspirations — social climbers, I suppose you could call them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • CYRANO: —of pride, of aspiration, Of feeling, poetry—of godlike spark Of all that appertains to my big nose, (He turns him by the shoulders, suiting the action to the word): As…. what my boot will shortly come and kick!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, Gain, engrosses you.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Moreover, unlike Willie-Jay, he was not critical of Perry’s exotic aspirations; he was willing to listen, catch fire, share with him those visions of "guaranteed treasure" lurking in Mexican seas, Brazilian jungles.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Through the rusted bars, tastes, rather than glimpses, were caught of the jumbled neighbourhood; and nothing within range, nearer or lower than the summits of the two great towers of Notre-Dame, had any promise on it of healthy life or wholesome aspirations.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Ye deemed them holier than yourselves, and shrank from your own sin, contrasting it with their lives of righteousness and prayerful aspirations heavenward.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • He had no taste for sham, tact or pretension, and his credo as a professional soldier was unified and concise: he believed that the young men who took orders from him should be willing to give up their lives for the ideals, aspirations and idiosyncrasies of the old men he took orders from.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If you have any aspirations to fiction writing, the perfection of this story has to inspire awe and envy.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And during these few revolutions all the activity, all the traditions, the complex organizations, the nations, languages, literatures, aspirations, even the mere memory of Man as I knew him, had been swept out of existence.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • Before Josie had told the news Anne’s highest pinnacle of aspiration had been a teacher’s provincial license, First Class, at the end of the year, and perhaps the medal!
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Its slated turrets, conical in the French fashion, crowded from complicated battlements in a hundred unexpected aspirations.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • No further aspirations.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • It seemed to her that in her external bearing she had succeeded only in deceiving Mrs. Shigemura; inwardly she knew her aspiration for worldly happiness was frighteningly irresistible.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But, in our youthful ecstasy, I don’t think that we really looked before us or behind us; or had any aspiration beyond the ignorant present.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • I think I may say, without seeming egotism, that it is seldom that five years have wrought such a change in the life and aspirations of an individual.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • With doubts, because the aspiration had been so laid waste in her youth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
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