Ambition Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Individual ambition is undoubtedly a strong motive in student work, but there is such a thing among students everywhere as ambition for others, call it class spirit, esprit de corps, good fellowship, or good will to men.
Herbert Baxter Adams

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

My ambition is to be happy.
Penelope Cruz

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

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

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability
William Feather

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When I was asked to join this club and I saw the quality and ambitions of the manager it was an easy choice for me to make.
Alberto Ricardo Carvalho

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

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

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

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

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
Christian Nestell Bovee

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

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

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

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

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

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth.
Oliver Reed

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

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

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



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