Ambition Quotes

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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 can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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

Ambition is not a vice of little people
Montaigne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
Adam Ant

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

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

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

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

Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My ambition is to be happy.
Penelope Cruz

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

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



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