pur-suit / pərˈso͞ot
1. the act of following in order to overtake, hunt, etc.
The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.
John Buchan, 1875-1940
2. a quest or effort to attain or secure
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire, 1880-1918
3. a pastime or occupation which takes up a lot of one’s time
Such a superiority do the pursuits of literature possess above every other occupation, that even he who attains but a mediocrity in them, merits the pre-eminence above those that excel the most in the common and vulgar professions.
David Hume, 1711-1776