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The ideal, or even my own ideal, I shall probably not attain.

And to attain it, we must be aware of its full meaning—and ready to pay its full price.

Every thought was bent to attain the end, no labour was deemed to arduous.

While God's Will may be for our happiness, we can attain to neither the happiness nor the Will—as yet.

I may attain great merit by my struggle, but I cannot make myself a Kant.

We marvel that we had no prescience of these, and that we did not attain to them sooner.

Make me to long only for the beauty of holiness, and to be satisfied if I attain to it.

If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

And you have been able to attain to hot food thus quickly because you were prepared.

How many years would you have to pass before you could attain the dignity he has gained?

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to succeed in reaching," from stem of Old French ataindre (11c., Modern French atteindre) "to come up to, reach, attain, endeavor, strive," from Vulgar Latin *adtangere, from Latin attingere "to touch, to arrive at," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tangere "to touch" (see tangent). Latin attingere had a wide range of meanings, including "to attack, to strike, to appropriate, to manage," all somehow suggested by the literal sense "to touch." Related: Attained; attaining.

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