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

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

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
Edward Dahlberg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Character cannot be developed in peace and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Thomas Merton

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

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

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

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

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
Elvis Presley

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

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



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