Ambition Quotes

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

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

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

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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

Ambition's cradle oftenest is its grave
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

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

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

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

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

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

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, like a torrent, never looks back
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point.
Saint Augustine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
Kenneth Tynan

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 makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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