Ambition Quotes

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That sense of ambition, of aspiration, of moving forward, will be very important [leaving the Labour party then, Hazel?]
Hazel Blears

Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.
Sallust

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

The question that is so clearly in many potential parents minds: 'Why should we stunt our ambitions and impoverish our lives in order to be insulted and looked down upon in our old age?'
J A Schumpeter

Neither poetry, nor ambition, nor love have any alertness of countenance as they pass by me.
John Keats

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
Benjamin Disraeli

With some basic skills, ambition and persistence, then there is little limit to what you can achieve, and by trying you can often surprise yourself.
Joe Gold

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back
Ben Jonson

England's main problem [in rugby] is they lack confidence. If you don't have confidence, you have no ambition, and it's very difficult to play without any ryhthm. [on 2006 performance]
Jonathan Davies

Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.
James Cook

The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed, you must have a larger ambition.
John D Rockefeller

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Quintilian

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
Balthasar Gracian

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

But if thou livest in Adam, and Adam reigns in thee, then thou art not a child of God, nor born again of him. For since thou art overcome by the world, and since the prince therefore rules in thee by pride, ambition and selflove, thou art on this very account to be numbered amongst the children of the devil.
John Arndt

It has always been my ambition to see the group deliver a full year of profitability. Now this has been achieved, it is the right time for the business and the right time for me to explore other challenges [on leaving lastminute]
Martha Lane Fox

As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman.
Lynn Davies

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme - to be sublimely great or to be nothing. [a profound quote indeed]
Shakti Gawain

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

Where does this guy's ambition go? That's very peculiar. I think he's a very disturbing person, I think he's a very disturbing politician. Personally, I feel his interest is a self-interest [on George Galloway]
Helen Mirren

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest
Oliver Goldsmith

Ambition is torment enough for an enemy; for it affords as much discontentment in enjoying as in want, making men like poisoned rats, which, when they have tasted of their bane, cannot rest till they drink, and then can much less rest till they die
Joseph Hall

It's very frustrating. The lads showed a lot of ambition in the first half, they went out to sustain it in the second but couldn't build on it. [on losing to France]
Andy Robinson

Festival of the impassioned efforts and manifold ambitions of all forms of youthful activity of every generation springing from the threshold of life.
Baron Pierre De Coubertin

The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.
William Hazlitt

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
Marquis De Vauvenargues

Other passions have objects to flatter them, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation
Montaigne

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
Marcus Aurelius

Ambition is not a vice of little people
Montaigne

Nothing can be more destructive to ambition, and the passion for conquest, than the true system of astronomy. What a poor thing is even the whole globe in comparison of the infinite extent of nature!
Bernard Fontenelle

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumour.
Aldous Huxley

Look, I have already said I am not going to put any artificial limits on our ambitions this time around [on the election in 2005]
Charles Kennedy

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
Saint Augustine

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Jonathan Swift

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

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead.
Pearl Bailey

Unruly ambition is deaf, not only to the advice of friends, but to the counsels and monitions of reason itself.
Sir Roger L'Estrange

Ambition - it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
J M Barrie

I would like to lose some of the weight that I have put on since I stopped playing football [on ambitions for dancing]
John Barnes

The difference between ambition and discontent is quite a fine line and sometimes it is hard to tell which is which and which you are feeling!
Rachel Field

Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand
William Feather

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.
Marcus Aurelius

People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence.
Margaret Mead

To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.
Sir John Lubbock

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
Henry Jackson Van Dyke

In our country, true teams rarely exist . . . social barriers and personal ambitions have reduced athletes to dissolute cliques or individuals thrown together for mutual profit . . . Yet these rugby players. with their muddied, cracked bodies, are struggling to hold onto a sense of humanity that we in America have lost and are unlikely to regain. The game may only be to move a ball forward on a dirt field, but the task can be accomplished with an unshackled joy and its memories will be a permanent delight. The women and men who play on that rugby field are more alive than too many of us will ever be. The foolish emptiness we think we perceive in their existence is only our own
Victor Cahn

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



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