Ambition Quotes

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

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

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.
Niccolo Machiavelli

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

I've long harboured radio presenting ambitions. [Unfortunately the British public doesn't harbour that same ambition back!]
Abi Titmuss

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
Adam Ant

Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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

Ambition, in a private man is a vice, Is in a prince the virtue (The Bashful Lover)
Philip Massinger

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

Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.
Bob Dylan

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

He had ambitions, at one time, to become a sex maniac, but he failed his practical.
Les Dawson

A mother should have some fantasy about her child's future. It will increase her interest in the child. [Hmm isn't any mother actually interested in the child irrespective of dreams and ambitions!]
James Hillman

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

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

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

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

Music was what I always wanted to do and I was one of the lucky few to achieve my ambition and earn a living from it for which I'm very grateful.
Babyface

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

The only positive benefit of the injury to Flintoff may be the end of his captaincy ambitions
Mike Atherton

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

The trouble with military rule is that every colonel or general is soon full of ambition. The navy takes over today and the army tomorrow.
Yakubu Gowon

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

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

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

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

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.
Steven Brust

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

It's been a lifetime ambition of mine to play an 007 villain.
Angelina Jolie

My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.
Juliette Binoche

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

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

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

Golf is an open exhibition of overweening ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill soured by a whiff of arrogance.
Alistair Cooke

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

On her childhood ambitions: I wanted to own a chain of hotels. Another crazy idea was to be Governor of California.
Caprice

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
Walter Landor

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

Ambition is not a vice of little people
Montaigne

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

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



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