Ambition Quotes

Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to achieve. Most people’s sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money.
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Bardwick, Judith M.
American Academic

Ambition — it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
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Barrie, Sir James M.
1860-1937 British Playwright

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
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Beecher, Henry Ward
1813-1887 American Preacher Orator Writer

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
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Bierce, Ambrose
1842-1914 American Author Editor Journalist The Devil’s Dictionary

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them.
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Bonaparte, Napoleon
1769-1821 French General Emperor

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.
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Browning, Robert
1812-1889 British Poet

‘Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!
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Browning, Robert
1812-1889 British Poet

Ambition is not what man does… but what man would do.
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Browning, Robert
1812-1889 British Poet

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
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Browning, Robert
1812-1889 British Poet

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
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Bruyere, Jean De La
1645-1696 French Classical Writer

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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Burke, Edmund
1729-1797 British Political Writer Statesman

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
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Burton, Robert
1576-1640 British Clergyman Scholar

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
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Byron, Lord
1788-1824 British Poet

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition’s hands.
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Byron, Lord
1788-1824 British Poet

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
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Casson, Herbert N.
American Author

Big results require big ambitions.
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Champy, James
American Author and International Management Consultant

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
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Cicero, Marcus T.
c 106-43 BC Great Roman Orator Politician

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
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Cicero, Marcus T.
c 106-43 BC Great Roman Orator Politician

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.
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Colton, Charles Caleb
1780-1832 British Sportsman Writer

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
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Conrad, Joseph
1857-1924 Polish-born British Novelist

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
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Cook, James R.
1728-1779 British Navigator

The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
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Cooley, Charles Horton
1864-1929 American Sociologist

I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.
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Cutler, Laurel
American Business Executive

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
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Dahlberg, Edward
1900-1977 American Author Critic

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
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Dali, Salvador
1904-1989 Spanish Painter

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
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Danielson, C. Archie

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
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Denham, Sir John
1615-1668 British Poet Dramatist

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
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Eliot, George
1819-1880 British Novelist

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo
1803-1882 American Poet Essayist

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
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English, Thomas Dunn
1819-1902 American Physician Lawyer

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
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Franklin, Benjamin
1706-1790 American Scientist Publisher Diplomat

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
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Goldsmith, Oliver
1728-1774 Anglo-Irish Author Poet Playwright

I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
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Grossart, Angus
American Business Executive

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
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Hoffer, Eric
1902-1983 American Author Philosopher

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.
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Horace
BC 65-8 Italian Poet

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.
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Hume, David
1711-1776 Scottish Philosopher Historian

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
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Johnson, Samuel
1709-1784 British Author

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
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Johnson, Samuel
1709-1784 British Author

We grow small trying to be great.
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Jones, Eli Stanley
1884-1973 American Missionary

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
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Joubert, Joseph
1754-1824 French Moralist

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
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Kaunda, Kenneth
1924 Zambian Politician President

Ambition never comes to an end.
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Kenko, Yoshida

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
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La Bruyere, Jean De
1645-1696 French Writer

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
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Lao-Tzu
BC 600 Chinese Philosopher Founder of Taoism Author of the Tao Te Ching

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
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Lilly, William

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
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Lincoln, Abraham
1809-1865 Sixteenth President of the USA

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
1819-1892 American Poet

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
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Lowell, James Russell
1819-1891 American Poet Critic Editor

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
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Lubbock, Sir John
1834-1913 British Statesman Banker Naturalist

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
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Machiavelli, Niccolo
1469-1527 Italian Author Statesman

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
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Marlowe, Christopher
1564-1593 British Dramatist Poet

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.
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Mcafee, Mildred

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
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McCarthy, Charlie

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
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Miller, Henry
1891-1980 American Author

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
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Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
1533-1592 French Philosopher Essayist

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
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Nathan, George Jean
1882-1958 American Critic

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
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Otway, Thomas
1652-1685 British Dramatist

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
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Penn, William
1644-1718 British Religious Leader Founder of Pennsylvania

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
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Pope, Alexander
1688-1744 British Poet Critic Translator

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
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Proverb, Hungarian
Sayings of Hungarian Origin

Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
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Proverb, Italian
Sayings of Italian Origin

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
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Quinet, Edgar
1803-1875 French Poet Historian Politician

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
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Rockefeller, John D.
1839-1937 American Industrialist Philanthropist Founder Exxon

The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day’s task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.
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Rockefeller, John D.
1839-1937 American Industrialist Philanthropist Founder Exxon

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
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Rogers, Kenny
American Country Singer Actor

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
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Sallust
BC 86-34 Roman Historian

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
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Scott, Sir Walter
1771-1832 British Novelist Poet

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.
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Seneca
4 BC � 65 AD Spanish-born Roman Statesman philosopher

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
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Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
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Sidney, Sir Philip
1554-1586 British Author Courtier

Every child has great ambitions. As he grows, he is bombarded by negative suggestions — you can’t do this; you can’t do that; be careful; look for security, and so on. Year by year, he experiences the realities of life, and his ambitions fade away. Figuratively speaking, most children die by the time they reach their adulthood.
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Sinha, Shall

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
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Sontag, Susan
1933 American Essayist

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
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Southey, Robert
1774-1843 British Author

There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.
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Stanley, Arthur P.

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
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Swift, Jonathan
1667-1745 Anglo-Irish Satirist

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
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Syrus, Publilius
1st Century BC Roman Writer

Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
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Taylor, Sir Henry
1800-1886 British Author

So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
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Tennyson, Lord Alfred
1809-1892 British Poet

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. [The Root Of The Righteous]
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Tozer, A. W.
-1963 American Preacher

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
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Twain, Mark
1835-1910 American Humorist Writer

Where ambition ends happiness begins.
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Unknown, Source

I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.
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Virgil
c 70 – 19 BC Roman Poet

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I’d place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
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Walpole, Horace
1717-1797 British Author

Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
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Wilde, Oscar
1856-1900 British Author Wit

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