It is even obvious, in many forms of love choice, that the object serves as a substitute for some unattained ego ideal of our own.
It is the pursuit not of the unattained but of the unattainable to which we are vowed.
Signor Bari Tone is a singer of extraordinary power, and has a perception of the humorous yet unattained by Lablache.
Life is a constant reaching after the unattained for ourselves and for the world.
If a man has a hungry heart, for ever yearning after unattained and impossible blessings, then there is no rest there.
She did not lose her hold upon the actual because she was striving after the unattained.
Only this, that they see the unattained burning ever so clearly before them that all the attained seems as nothing in their eyes.
For the present the circus must remain an unattained dream to Lou.
There is a region, and only one, in which it is safe to set our hearts on unattained good.
The spirit is your ideal, the unattained, the otherworldly; spirit is the name of your—god, "God is spirit."
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.