Ambition Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

My ambition is to be happy.
Penelope Cruz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

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

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
Adam Ant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 makes more trusty slaves than need
Ben Jonson

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

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

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
Marquis De Vauvenargues

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

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



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