Ambition Quotes

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

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

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions.
Omar Bongo

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

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

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 a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now and then, but every turn of the card and cast of the dice keeps the gambler alive - besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any thing else.
Lord Byron

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

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

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 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

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

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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

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

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

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

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

At the age of six I wantd to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
Salvador Dali

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

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

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
Adam Ant

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

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

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

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

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

My ambition is to be happy.
Penelope Cruz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



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