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Ambition Quotes

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Ambition Quotes
too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men. .


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..

George Jean Nathan

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. .

Joseph Conrad

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune..

Jean De La Bruyere

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood..

Kahlil Gibran, "The Visit of Wisdom"

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. .

Henry Ward Beecher

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. .

Joseph Conrad, A Personal Record, 1912

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority, otherwise called ambition. .

Cesare Pavese

Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds..

James Barrie

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.

Sir Walter Scott

Ambition can creep as well as soar. .

Edmund Burke

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..

Benjamin Franklin

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

William Lilly

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others..

Susan Sontag

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. .

Edward Dahlberg

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment. .

Thomas Otway

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

Charlie McCarthy

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing. .

Robert Southey

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals..

Sir John Denham

Ambition is not a vice of little people..

Michel de Montaigne

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do. .

Robert Browning

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable..

Joseph Joubert

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. .

Niccolo Machiavelli

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds..

Thomas Dunn English

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..

Charles Caleb Colton

Ambition never comes to an end..

Yoshida Kenko

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping..

Jonathan Swift

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff..

William Shakespeare

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. .

Ambrose Bierce

An ounce of hypocracy is worth a pound of ambition..

Michael Korda

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands..

Lord (George Gordon) Byron

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him..

William Shakespeare

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..

Salvador Dali

Big results require big ambitions..

James Champy

Children, you must remember something. A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive..

Pearl Bailey, Talking to Myself (1971)

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great..

Kenny Rogers

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps..

David Lloyd George

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. .

William Faulkner

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..

Shall Sinha

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition..

Abraham Lincoln

From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and stubborn pride, And when at last the fight is won, God, keep me still unsatisfied. .

Louis Untermeyer, Prayer (last verse)

Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment, 'Stay, thou art so fair..

Robert Francis Kennedy

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..

Napoleon Bonaparte

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime..

James Russell Lowell

Hasty climbers have sudden falls..

Italian Proverb

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage. .

Samuel Johnson

He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.

William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 2

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. .

Lord (George Gordon) Byron

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk. .


Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. .

Langston Hughes

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..

James R. Cook

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build. .

John D. Rockefeller

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. .

Henry David Thoreau, Walden (chapter 18)

I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head. .


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. .

Laurel Cutler

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms. .

Henry Miller

If you can imagine it, You can achieve it. If you can dream it, You can become it..

William Arthur Ward

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..

Mildred Mcafee

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest..

Publilius Syrus

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. .

C. Archie Danielson

It gets to be part of your everyday routine. I expect to be there on Sunday. I expect to be there at practice. I think back to when I first started school in the first grade and how long it seemed to take to go from first through 12th.You figure in ninth grade you're never going to get out of high school, and you couldn't wait. Here I am in my 14th year and going on 13 for not missing basically a day of school .

Brett Favre, article by John McClain, "Houston Chronicle", September 26, 2004

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful. .

Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. .

Seneca (Seneca the Elder)

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. .


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. .

George Eliot

It's them as take advantage that get advantage I this world..

George Eliot

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom..

Angus Grossart

Keep away from 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. .

Mark Twain

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 .

A. W. Tozer

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. .

Robert Burton

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition. .

William Osler

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible. .

Eric Hoffer

Men would be angels, angels would be gods..

Alexander Pope

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. .

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. .

Christopher Marlowe

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. .

William Blake

No man rises so high as he knows not whither he goes..

Oliver Cromwell

No matter how good you get you can always get better and that's the exciting part..

Tiger Woods

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.


Nothing we achieve in this world is achieved alone. It is always achieved with others teaching us along the way. .

Lee J. Colan, INSPIRE!

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs. .

Horace Walpole

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. .

Sir John Lubbock

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars..

Les Brown

So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be..

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.

Oliver Goldsmith

The comfort zone takes our greatest aspirations and turns them into excuses for not bothering to aspire. .

Peter McWilliams

The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer... He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen. .

Robert L. Schwartz

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves..

Herbert N. Casson

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory..

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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. .

Charles Horton Cooley

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships. .

H. G. [Herbert George] Wells

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. .

John D. Rockefeller

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become..

Harold Taylor

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. .

Jean De La Bruyere

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. .

William Penn

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. .

William Shakespeare

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

Arthur P. Stanley

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of others..

Jean De La Bruyere

There is only so much one can learn online. University is the last refuge of those who mistrust Wikipedia. .


Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue. .

Edgar Quinet

Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!.

Robert Browning

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. .

Anatole France

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. .

Sir Philip Sidney

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. .

Samuel Johnson

To get it right, be born with luck or else make it. Never give up. Get the knack of getting people to help you and also pitch in yourself. A little money helps, but what really gets it right is to never -- I repeat -- never under any conditions face the facts..

Ruth Gordon

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..

Judith M. Bardwick

We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have 'crossed bridges' in their imagination far ahead of the crowd..


We grow small trying to be great..

Eli Stanley Jones

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake . . . by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. .

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, from

We must love stupid people better than ourselves; are they not the really unfortunate ones of this world? Do not people without taste and without ideal grow constantly weary, rejoicing in nothing, and being quite useless here below?.

George Sand

We should, I believe, beware of the pitfalls described by Taine: 'Imagine a man who sets out on a voyage equipped with a pair of spectacles that magnify things to an extraordinary degree. A hair on his hand, a spot on the tablecloth, the shifting fold of a coat, all will attract his attention; at this rate, he will not go far, he will spend his day taking six steps and will never get out of his room.' We have to get out of this room. .

Robert Francis Kennedy

What every man needs, regardless of his job or the kind of work he is doing, is a vision of what his place is and may be. He needs an objective and a purpose. He needs a feeling and a belief that he has some worthwhile thing to do. What this is no one can tell him. It must be his own creation. Its success will be measured by the nature of his vision, what he has done to equip himself, and how well he has performed along the line of its development. .

Joseph Morrell Dodge

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me..

Robert Browning

When ambition ends, happiness begins..


When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees..

Kenneth Kaunda

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. .

David Hume

Where ambition ends happiness begins..

Source Unknown

Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. .

Sir Henry Taylor

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..

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do..

Henry Ford

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth..

John Lennon

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