• WordNet 3.6
    • adj aspiring desiring or striving for recognition or advancement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aspiring That aspires; as, an Aspiring mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aspiring Animated with an ardent desire, as of power, importance, or excellence; ambitious; soaring: as, “aspiring nobles,” Macaulay, Hist. Eng., i.
    • aspiring Rising; towering or soaring.
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  • Joseph Conrad
    “Any work that aspires, however humbly, to the condition of art should carry its justification in every line.”
  • James Allen
    “To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Every other author may aspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach, and even this negative recompense has been yet granted to very few.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.”


In literature:

He beheld himself the richest landowner in that locality; he was the chosen friend of the King; had he not a right to aspire to anything?
"The Honor of the Name" by Emile Gaboriau
Two stupid little boys; two little boys who have been taught their Catechism, and will one day aspire to the priesthood.
"The Untilled Field" by George Moore
What had become of the proud, high-spirited ambitious girl, who laughed at adverse fortune, and forgot poverty in lofty aspirations?
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
His aspirings drooped earthward.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Montagu hath hinted that the duke so aspires.
"The Last Of The Barons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
You indeed, so richly endowed with a man's genius, have a right to man's aspirations.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I confess I did once aspire to be Queen not only of Palmyra, but of the East.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
As man aspires to higher knowledge, he begins to get a realization as to what he is.
"Dorothy's Mystical Adventures in Oz" by Robert J. Evans
The keynote of Johnnie Consadine's character was aspiration.
"The Power and the Glory" by Grace MacGowan Cooke
The West was now the quarter toward which the thoughts of every aspiring Athenian were directed.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Caste destroyed all ideas of human brotherhood; it robbed the soul of its affections and its aspirations.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume I" by John Lord
It was the immoral women who often aspired to the highest culture.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
Aurelius aspired to its complete emancipation.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV" by John Lord
He was the morning star of European hopes and aspirations.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
He is French in his aspirations, acquisitions, in his virtues and vices.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume IX" by John Lord
There was a singular combination of aspiration with peace at that time.
"Recollections and Impressions" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
I could not do otherwise, as I would never think of aspiring without the permission of her parents.
"The Joy of Captain Ribot" by Armando Palacio Valdés
What an unlimited area for higher aspirations!
"Empires and Emperors of Russia, China, Korea, and Japan" by Péter Vay
His personal aspiration was a national goal.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
Almost every one aspires to come into touch with a bit of plant life.
"England" by Frank Fox

In poetry:

'Tis easy to put out a fire,
E'er to the roof its flames aspire:
As easy 'tis bad thoughts to quell,
If you will them in time repel.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Where midst some vast expanse the mind,
Which swelling virtue fires,
Forgets that earth it leaves behind,
And to it's heaven aspires:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
Then I plight my troth that I
Will to that reward aspire,--
A poor offering at the fire
By those beauteous eyes supplied.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
That light of blessing from the sky
Made us the fuel of its blaze,
And fragrant bush and stream and I
Were one aspiring cry of praise.
"The Nepean" by John Le Gay Brereton
Nor thou, Ambition! e'er again,
With splendour dazzling to betray,
And aspirations fierce and vain,
Shall tempt my steps—away! away!
"Mature Reflections" by Thomas Gent
Then come, O, ye vanish'd sunbeams,
That fell from the higher truth;
And come, O, ye aspirations
That peal'd through the march of youth.
"Ah! The Dreams" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

You see, I am an aspiring artist, struggling to attain work in my craft, I was working at Pizza Hut when I met Breck and his family.
Compassion, empathy and understanding are traits people almost universally yearn for, and aspire to and an upcoming event in Youngsville aims to foster these traits across varying religious denominations.
Each of the aspiring firearms instructors had to give a 10- to 15-minute presentation to show his skills in front of a classroom.
Upwardly mobile San Franciscans aspiring to the Good Life had to have a country place down the Peninsula.
Bullen bolsters Beavers' field hockey aspirations.
Project Aspire was developed at the University of Chicago.
Every teen aspires to own the hot new fashion item of the week or attain the new look of the year, right.
Forty years ago, an aspiring musician named Kermit Lynch opened a wine shop in Berkeley, California.
It was a foregone conclusion that Secretary of State aspirant Hillary Clinton would sail through her confirmation hearing on Tuesday morning.
Cooks — and, perhaps, aspiring chefs and future television personalities — can compete to perform live at the Comcast Bite of Seattle.
Jazmen McGinnis has done more in three years than many other aspiring long-distance runners can dream of.
Red Lights aspires to be a genre movie of ideas.
The son of famed ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau was in Marin County Thursday morning to witness an aspiring moment at a local beach.
Uh oh, there's trouble a-brewin' behind the scenes of Gossip Girl between aspiring double threats Leighton Meester and Taylor Momsen.
The Art of Surfing The surf culture -- once a fringe domain of hardy, freewheeling spirits who aspired only to ride the perfect wave -- has, over the last 40 years, permeated mainstream society in nearly every way.

In science:

Any method aspiring to introduce an arbitrary amount of clustering into a network must interpolate between two extremely different topologies.
Random Networks with Tunable Degree Distribution and Clustering
But until then I shall consider the more ambitious perdurantist, who aspires to define persistence, and so faces the RDA.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In metaphysics, I am an aspiring Humean: to that extent, I like Sider’s position.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
In consequence, they do not aspire to faithfully reproduce all the physical conditions relevant for the solar photosphere; instead, they consider convection in a polytropically stratified perfect compressible fluid, with closed boundaries and fixed diffusivities.
Structures in compressible magnetoconvection and the nature of umbral dots
About 10% of obligate microflora is Gram(-) microflora (Ott 2004). The research of small intestines microflora is a difficult procedure. Materials for such research are received by capture of aspirate during the GIT intestinoscopy.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
From the practical point of view of the neutron scatterer who aspires to synthesize his or her own samples, transition metal organic complexes often have the advantage of being easy to grow.
Crystals for neutron scattering studies of quantum magnetism
PWDs aspire (wish) to be employed / self- employed or earn money; to be more exact want to be economically independent.
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
We aspire to explore novel constraints that are suitable for the discovery of new structures in high dimensional tasks.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions
The aim of this paper is twofold; a) to overview and analyze the potential of social networks and semantic web technologies in learning b) to present an exploratory prototype, depicting the feasability of aggregating these two technologies, in order to gain feedback and aspire new ideas.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
However, a closer look at some of the examples used to illustrate such a situation (Silvey, 1975), reveals that the decisions are driven exclusively by the risk function and not by any aspiration to learn from data about the true θ ∗ .
Why the Decision Theoretic Perspective Misrepresents Frequentist Inference: 'Nuts and Bolts' vs. Learning from Data
Through education FuturICT aspires to scientific, technological, and societal progress in order to improve the lives of everyone and to achieve social justice, understanding and international peace.
Despite these aspirations, millions of people have no access to education at any stage in their lives.
But I think that we ought to take into account the general aspiration of Einstein. I mean that he tried to build a unified field theory.
Quantum theory requires gravity and superrelativity
This aspired to form databases where different sites of heterogeneous databases would cooperate and be updated together.
Information Integration and Computational Logic
If I ever find myself in a position to teach, I will certainly aspire to be as good as Ed.
Computational Asteroseismology