Ambition Quotes

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

My ambition is to be happy.
Penelope Cruz

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 not a vice of little people
Montaigne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

Think not ambition wise, because 't is brave.
William Davenant

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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

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

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

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back
Ben Jonson

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

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

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

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



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