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EXCELSIOR
[ Also see Aspiration ]

Bright and illustrious illusions! Who can blame, who laugh at the boy, who not admire and commend him, for that desire of a fame outlasting the Pyramids by which he insensibly learns to live in a life beyond the present, and nourish dreams of a good unattainable by the senses?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

It is not to taste sweet things; but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God's heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs. Show him the way of doing that, the dullest day-drudge kindles into a hero. They wrong man greatly who say he is to be seduced by ease. Difficulty, abnegation, martyrdom, death, are the allurements that act on the heart of man. Kindle the inner genial life of him, you have a flame that burns up all lower considerations.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Whilst we converse with what is above us, we do not grow old, but grow young.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The little done vanishes from the sight of man, who looks forward to what is still to do.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Besides the pleasure derived from acquired knowledge, there lurks in the mind of man, and tinged with a shade of sadness, an unsatisfactory longing for something beyond the present, a striving towards regions yet unknown and unopened.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Lifted up so high I disdained subjection, and thought one step higher would set me highest.
      - John Milton

Darwin remarks that we are less dazzled by the light at waking, if we have been dreaming of visible objects. Happy are those who have here dreamt of a higher vision! They will the sooner be able to endure the glories of the world to come.
      - Novalis (pseudonym of Frederich Leopold von Hardenberg)

Lift thyself up, look around, and see something higher and brighter than earth, earthworms, and earthly darkness.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Man can only learn to rise from the consideration of that which he cannot surmount.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.
      - William Shakespeare

Who shoots at the midday sun, though he be sure he shall never hit the mark, yet as sure he is that he shall shoot higher than he who aims but at a bush.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

O sacred hunger of ambitious minds!
      - Edmund Spenser


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