In Russia, the land of spectral ideas and disembodied aspirations
, many brave minds have turned away at last from the vain and endless conflict to the one great historical fact of the land.
Had I approached my discovery in a more noble spirit, had I risked the experiment while under the empire of generous or pious aspirations
, all must have been otherwise, and from these agonies of death and birth, I had come forth an angel instead of a fiend.
Though I can remember you in the strong, ardent period of your life, I feel persuaded that you have now forgotten every better feeling of that period--that your present dreams and aspirations
of subsistence do not rise above pair, impair rouge, noir, the twelve middle numbers, and so forth.
Further, the belief that the constitution of a state is only the outward expression of the common aspirations
and beliefs of its members, explains the paramount political importance which Aristotle assigns to education.
To stand before it in the flesh--to see it as they saw it now--to sail upon the hallowed sea, and kiss the holy soil that compassed it about: these were aspirations
they had cherished while a generation dragged its lagging seasons by and left its furrows in their faces and its frosts upon their hair.
My dear sir, a man of such noble aspirations
is worthy of all esteem by virtue of those aspirations
Then who was executing him, killing him, depriving him of life- him, Pierre, with all his memories, aspirations
, hopes, and thoughts?
He had great moments, beautiful and noble thoughts, generous aspirations
, and a heart wide and warm enough for the whole race, but he had no bounds, no shape; he was as liberal as the casing air, but he was often as vague and intangible.
I assure you he must be a very bad painter; only the other day I saw him looking longingly into the window of a cheap Italian restaurant, and in the end he had to crush down his aspirations
with two penny scones.
He had talked to her more than once on the serious topics of life, on his aspirations
, on what a man could do to leave the world better for his presence.
I date my first serious determination to throw over the medical profession at the earliest convenient opportunity, from the second season's series of dinners at which my aspirations
, as a rising physician, unavoidably and regularly condemned me to be present.
Arthur is not what is commonly called a bad man: he has many good qualities; but he is a man without self-restraint or lofty aspirations
, a lover of pleasure, given up to animal enjoyments: he is not a bad husband, but his notions of matrimonial duties and comforts are not my notions.