Quotations on Ambition

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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
(Keywords: Men, Work, Ambition, Class, Motive, Spirit, Students, Will)

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.
- Adam Ant
(Keywords: Work, Achievement, Ambition, Results)

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
(Keywords: Idea, Ambition, Man)

All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
- Paul Auster
(Keywords: Money, Time, Ambition, Children, Poems, Prose)

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
(Keywords: Love, Ambition, Blessings, Earth, Man)

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Virtue, Ambition, Vice)

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Goal, Ambition, Taste)

Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice.
- Georges Bizet
(Keywords: Religion, Ambition, Exploitation, Injustice, Vice)

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Character, Ambition, May, Passion, Principles)

To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong and whose independence I shall defend until my dying day.
- Rosa Bonheur
(Keywords: Sex, Ambition, Day, Dying, Independence)

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
(Keywords: Love, Successful, Ambition, Merit)

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Success, Ambition, Persistence)

Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Keywords: Religion, Love, Ambition, Influence, Loyalty, Order, Religious, United)

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
- Robert Burton
(Keywords: Men, Power, Ambition, Succeed, Will)

I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Success, Failure, Hope, Ambition, Succeed, Washington)

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Love, People, Fear, Ambition, Pity, Pride, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Leader, Strength, Ambition, Obstacles, Will)

Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to.
- Ethan Coen
(Keywords: Design, Movies, Opportunity, Ambition, Being)

The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Soul, Greatness, Ambition, Literary)

The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
- James F. Cooper
(Keywords: Abuse, Ambition, American, Effect, Faults, Language, Simplicity, Want)

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
(Keywords: Soul, Ambition, Sea)

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity.
- Mitch Daniels
(Keywords: Policy, Failure, Optimism, Ambition, American, Future, Jobs, Now, Prosperity, Risk, Risk-taking, Spirit)

One of the things I realized early in my career is that you do what you believe, in knowing that if you don't, you will never like yourself. When you compromise out of fear or ambition, it eats inside you.
- Samuel Dash
(Keywords: Fear, Ambition, Career, Compromise, Will)

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
(Keywords: Talent, Thought, Ambition, Nothing)

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
(Keywords: Men, People, Virtue, Ambition, Fortune, Merit, Moderation, Want)

But as a young kid, I never did, really have an ambition to be a farmer. I never thought, gee, I would like to farm, and I want to raise these crops. I didn't quite know what I wanted to do.
- Sam Donaldson
(Keywords: Thought, Ambition, Want)

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond
(Keywords: Achievement, Ambition, Caring, Christ, Folly, Man, World, Worth)

Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
- William Eardley IV
(Keywords: Success, Ambition, Persistence)

At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
- Brian Eno
(Keywords: Art, Music, Ambition, Beginning)

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
- William Feather
(Keywords: Ability, Ambition, Tragedy)

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.
- Michael J. Fox
(Keywords: Acting, Ambition, First, Growing up, Writer)

The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.
- Sigmund Freud
(Keywords: Character, Ambition, Bed, Connection, Psychoanalysis)

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?
- Vincent Van Gogh
(Keywords: Men, Ambition, Vanity, Youth)

Before we got married, I had tremendous ambition. Once we got married and I started having children, then I just thought that that was my real life. Steve was definitely more ambitious than I.
- Eydie Gorme
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Ambition, Children)

I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him, it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious.
- Alan Hansen
(Keywords: People, Ambition, Talk, Talking)

It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
- Alan Hansen
(Keywords: Perception, Ambition, Fans, Public)

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
(Keywords: Success, Work, Ambition, Deserted, Fact, May, Old)

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
- Jim Henson
(Keywords: People, Hope, Ambition, Difference, World)

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
(Keywords: Boyfriend, Ambition, American, Film, Hollywood)

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 rumor.
- Aldous Huxley
(Keywords: Death, Knowledge, Belief, Ambition, Frustration, Hell, Majority, Rumor)

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
(Keywords: People, Ambition, Man, Mind, World)

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Men, Ambition, Office)

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
- Thomas Jefferson
(Keywords: Virtue, Ambition, Dependence, Tools)

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
- Samuel Johnson
(Keywords: Home, Ambition, Desire, End, Labor, Result)

As the country now turns a new leaf, our ambition is to give hope to each and every Afghan.
- Hamid Karzai
(Keywords: Hope, Ambition, Country, Now)

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
- Herbert Kaufman
(Keywords: Success, Courage, Failure, Habit, Victory, Ambition, Persistence)

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller
(Keywords: Experience, Success, Soul, Character, Ambition, Quiet, Suffering)

My ambition is peace and perfection.
- DeForest Kelley
(Keywords: Peace, Ambition, Perfection)

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
(Keywords: Time, Ambition, Trade, Writer, Years)

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
- Walter Savage Landor
(Keywords: Power, Ambition, Fame, Grave, Rest, Reward)



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