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The movement of the species is upward.
      - George Bancroft

There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee; my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
  To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. LXIII, v. 1-2)

We cannot of ourselves estimate the degree of our success in what we strive for.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A man--be the heavens ever praised!--is sufficient for himself.
      - Thomas Carlyle

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

There must be something beyond man in this world. Even on attaining to his highest possibilities, he is like a bird beating against his cage. There is something beyond, O deathless like a sea-shell, moaning for the bosom of the ocean to which you belong!
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good and we must hunger after them.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

There is no sorrow I have thought more about than that,--to love what is great, and try to reach it, and yet to fail.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to.
      - Kahlil Gibran

We learn to treasure what is above this earth; we long for revelation, which nowhere burns more purely and more beautifully than in the New Testament.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Aspirations can cure headaches.
      - Robert Half

The negro king desired to be portrayed as white. But do not laugh at the poor African; for every man is but another negro king, and would like to appear in a color different from that with which Fate has bedaubed him.
      - Heinrich Heine

No man can ever rise above that that which he aims.
      - Archibald Alexander Hodge

What we earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of the mind, for the moment realizes itself.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

Our aspirations are our possibilities.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

By steps we may ascend to God.
      - John Milton

Aspirations after the holy,--the only aspiration in which the human soul can be assured that it will never meet with disappointment.
      - Maria Jane M'Intosh

The more aspiration is partial realization.
      - Anna C. Mowatt

Man ought always to have something which he prefers to life; otherwise life itself will appear to him tiresome and void.
      - Johann Gottfried Seume

I have immortal longings in me.
      - William Shakespeare

It is but a base, ignoble mind that mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
      - William Shakespeare

Oh for a muse of fire that would ascend the highest heaven of invention!
      - William Shakespeare

An aspiration is a joy for ever, a possession as solid as a landed estate.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson

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