Ambition Quotes

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
Pat Riley

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

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
Adam Ant

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

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

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

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

By 2014 we want to be internationally recognised as the number one club [Chelsea ambitions]
Peter Kenyon

Someday we may have as many followers as the harpsichord. [Lofty ambition indeed!]
Eddie Condon

Long-held ambition [on appearing in Coronation Street]
Ian McKellen

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

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

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

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

And remember, the people that you've seen here tonight are professionals, so please don't try any of this at home, because you are ugly and hung like a hampster. - Celebrity Naked Ambition (2003)
Nick Frost

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

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

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

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 not what man does... but what man would do.
Robert Browning

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back
Ben Jonson

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

Beware ambition; heaven is not reached with pride; but with submission
Thomas Middleton

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

I have a much greater ambition to be the best racket player than the best prose writer.
William Hazlitt

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

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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



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