The first faint gleamings of thought in its mind, are but reflections from the parents' own intellect; the first manifestations of temperament, are from the contagious parental fountain; the first aspirations of soul, are but the warmings and promptings of the parental spirit.
We need not believe that this aspiration that shows itself in the pure mind of a little child is a trailing glory that he has brought with him from some pre-existent state.
That I was of temperament and aspirations that made his plans loathsome to me was no fault of his--only a heavy misfortune to myself.
He is addressing himself, it is true, to Philosophy; but his Philosophy is here little less than the Wisdom of Scripture: and the spiritual aspiration is the same--only uttered under greater difficulties--as that of the Psalmist when he exclaims, "One day in thy courts is better than a thousand!"
His aspiration to become a watchmaker was an early symptom of his extraordinary turn for mechanics.
In Spenser's imaginative mind, these aspirations became real persons who set out to win laurels in a fairyland, lighted with the soft light of the moon, and presided over by the good genius that loves to uplift struggling and weary souls.
THE IMPROVEMENT OF RACIAL STOCK A vast new territory of inquiry and achievement, as yet totally unexplored, is opened by the endocrines to the eugenists, and those idealists whose most earnest aspiration is the improvement of racial stock as a necessary preliminary to improvement of racial life.
The dream fell on him one calm summer night; And thus in that fair form still heavenward turning Eternal aspiration, endless yearning, Stood now the Thought before his gladden'd sight.
Each new aspiration after truth becomes a form of prayer.