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Real life is, to most men, a long second-best, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible; but the world of pure reason knows no compromise, no practical limitations, no barrier to the creative activity embodying in splendid edifices the passionate aspiration after the perfect from which all great works springs. Remote from human passions, remote even from the pitiful facts of nature, the generations have gradually created an ordered cosmos, where pure thought can dwell as in its natural home, and where one, at least, of our nobler impulses can escape from the dreary exile of the actual world. -
I drink the wine of aspiration and the drug of illusion. - John Galsworthy
Religion is the answer to that cry of Reason which nothing can silence, that aspiration of the soul which no created thing can meet, that want of the heart which all creation cannot supply. - Isaac Thomas Hecker
Whether a man accepts from fortune her spade and will look downward and dig, or from aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The enduring value of religion is in its challenge to aspiration and hope in the mind of man. - Ernest Martin Hopkins
For the most part, we should pray rather in aspiration than petition, rather by hoping than requesting; in which spirit also we may breathe a devout wish for a blessing on others upon occasions when it might be presumptuous to beg it. - James Henry Leigh Hunt
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 mere aspiration is partial realization. - Anna Cora Mowatt
An aspiration is a joy for ever, a possession as solid as a landed estate, a fortune which we can never exhaust and which gives us year by year a revenue of pleasure activity. - Robert Louis Stevenson, fully Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson
Truth should be the first lesson of the child and the last aspiration of manhood; for it has been well said that the inquiry of truth, which is the love-making of it, the knowledge of truth, which is the presence of it, and the belief of truth, which is the enjoying of it, is the sovereign good of human nature. - John Greenleaf Whittier
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