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Ambition Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Ambition.

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

Related topics: Motivational Leadership Success

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
- Bono

 

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
- Baruch Spinoza

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
- Charles Baudelaire

Ambition has one heel nailed in well,
though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
- Lao Tzu

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
- Salvador Dali

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
Whether it be true or not, I can say for one
that I have no other so great as that
of being truly esteemed of my fellow men,
by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
- Abraham Lincoln

I wasn't really interested in doing television.
I don't have that much ambition.
My agent, Eileen Feldman, has all the ambition for me.
- Meg Tilly

May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster,
war, from all lands, with her hated associates,
rapine and insatiable ambition!
- Daniel Boone

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 Van Dyke

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I;
it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

My mother wanted me off her hands.
She was a working woman.
She designed clothes, and she was a celebrity collector.
It's my mother's ambition to be a celebrity.
- Stephen Sondheim

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

I used to think I had ambition...
but now I'm not so sure.
It may have been only discontent.
They're easily confused.
- Rachel Field

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.
- James Madison

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

The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn,
been made the prey of ambition.
- Mercy Otis Warren

All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown;
like streams supplied from springs below,
which scatter blessings as they go.
- Charles Cotton

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.
- Angela Carter

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary
readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for
one reader in a hundred years' time.
- Arthur Koestler

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority
otherwise called ambition.
- Cesare Pavese

What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition?
- Samuel Richardson

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

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips,
others by their restlessness and ambition.
- John Ruskin

Mel is nuts.
He puts on a suit and a tie and acts like a normal
person so people think he's okay.
He's definitely out in left field.
He's got the ambition of a boy.
- Dom DeLuise

The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize
the intimate connection between wetting the bed and
the character trait of ambition.
- Sigmund Freud

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

Whatever success I may have attained is due to the
fact that since I was old enough to work at all,
my ambition has never deserted me.
- Anna Held

As a teenager I was so insecure.
I was the type of guy that never fitted in because
he never dared to choose.
I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all.
For nothing.
And that thought took away all my ambition too.
- Johnny Depp

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now,
or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice,
selfishness, ambition, and injustice.
- Elihu Root

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
- James K. Polk

The incentive to ambition is the love of power.
- William Hazlitt

I see my face in the mirror, and I said,
No, my ambition is not to be an actor.
- Dino De Laurentiis

My one ambition is to play a hero.
- Sessue Hayakawa

My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week.
And that's what I'm doing.
- Van Morrison

I did not want to be depressed by the gap existing
between my weakness and my ambition.
- Ella Maillart

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook.
At seven I wanted to be Napoleon.
And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
- Salvador Dali

If boyhood and youth are but vanity,
must it not be our ambition to become men?
- Vincent Van Gogh

I should have been smart enough to stay happy.
But my ambition ruled my life.
- Eva Gabor

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
- Carl Sagan

As the country now turns a new leaf,
our ambition is to give hope to each and every Afghan.
- Hamid Karzai

I wanted to be an outstanding player,
that was my ambition.
- Imran Khan

Ambition, in a private man is a vice,
is in a prince the virtue.
- Philip Massinger

Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career,
Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.
- Annette Funicello

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

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
- Michel de Montaigne

My craziest ambition is to take John Madden's job and salary.
- Michael Strahan

Where there are large powers with little ambition...
nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
- Jonathan Swift

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he
pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will,
he will reach them in spite of all obstacles.
- Karl Von Clausewitz

My ambition is to be happy.
- Penelope Cruz

People in the U.K.
cannot understand whether Blair has lost his mind or
whether his ambition to be the second-most-powerful
man in the world made him lose his mind.
- Bianca Jagger

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

I have no ambition to surprise my reader.
Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.
- Anthony Trollope

My ambition is to go back to Spurs and Rangers in some
capacity and give something back that they gave to me.
- Graham Roberts

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
- William Shakespeare

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.
- Taylor Caldwell

A man without ambition is dead.
A man with ambition but no love is dead.
A man with ambition and love for his blessings here
on earth is ever so alive.
- Pearl Bailey

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion,
or delusion.
- Derek Jarman

If you have ambition, you might not achieve anything,
but without ambition, you are almost certain not to achieve anything.
- Whitfield Diffie

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life;
it supports them all,
lends strength to them all ambition,
cruelty,
avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
- Marquis de Sade

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before,
but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
- Joseph Conrad

One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering
ambition for their daughters.
- Lawrence Welk

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust,
like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
- John Webster

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation,
wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
- Riccardo Muti

I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him,
it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious.
- Alan Hansen


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