reach for the moon

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reach for the moon

To set one's goals or ambitions very high; to try to attain or achieve something particularly difficult. My parents always taught me to reach for the moon when I was growing up—that I could be anything I set my mind to! With all that money, you could do whatever you want. Reach for the moon, kiddo!
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Several of his books, including two with Buzz Aldrin "Reaching for the Moon" and Look to the Stars," and Mary Higgins Clark's "Ghost Ship" were New York Times best-sellers.
China may be reaching for the moon, but Xi's speech was a reminder that its greatest territorial ambitions may lie much closer to home.
'We're not reaching for the moon. We just want to bring back the competitiveness and the winning culture in the team,' said Lim, who replaced Nosa Omorogbe following a disappointing finish by the Las Pinas-based squad last season.
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Not content with reaching for the moon, Sir Richard - who celebrates his 67th birthday a few days after the event - stepped up to the plate for the New York date.
Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon by Colin Burgess and Kate Doolan, with Bert Vis.
Jeffrey, a Manila-born Chinese, recalls a haunting folk tale told by his grandmother, about a sad poet in the old country who was 'reaching for the moon. ' But his beloved had stolen the moon and hidden it in an earthen jar.
Interest in Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) enjoyed a renaissance in the lesbian community with the 2013 release of the film Reaching for the Moon, which documents Bishop's torrid relationship with the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.
Rendered in dazzling hues, Reaching for the Moon details the 15 years Bishop (buttressed by her father's estate) spent in Brazil with Soares.
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With every other market in retreat - property, shares, retail - classic cars are reaching for the moon.
It's fun for groups to set themselves targets and challenges--some classes have pledged to walk as far as the distance from their school to London; some have set their sights on reaching Athens, home of the Olympic Games; while others are going cosmic and reaching for the moon!
(http://buzzaldrin.com/the-man/biography/) Aldrin has written a slew of books , including "Return to Earth," his 1973 autobiography that was a precursor to "Magnificent Desolation"; "Men From Earth" (1997); "Encounter with Tiber" (1997) and "The Return" (2001), two science fiction novels with John Barnes; and a pair of illustrated children's books, "Reaching for the Moon" (2008) and "Look to the Stars" (2009), with Wendell Minor.
BEIJING: The first Chinese man to walk in space was hailed as a national hero Monday, as the emerging space power gave one of its clearest indications yet that it is now reaching for the moon.
Reaching for the moon, Buzz Aldrin, ill, Wendell Minor, Read by author, Live Oak Media, 2006.