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)

There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.
- Giorgio Armani
(Keywords: Ambition, Ego, Press)

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)

I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.
- Tallulah Bankhead
(Keywords: Ambition, World)

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

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Ambition, Desire, Enemies, Friends, Living)

My only ambition is to be true every moment I am living.
- Juliette Binoche
(Keywords: Ambition, Living)

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)

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Ambition, Circumstances, Thinking)

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)

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
- Bono
(Keywords: Ambition, End)

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)

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
- Robert Browning
(Keywords: Ambition, Man)

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.
- Steven Brust
(Keywords: Ambition, Man, Old, Waiting)

This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Ambition, Corruption, Legislators)

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)

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.
- Frances Burney
(Keywords: Ambition, Contentment, Enjoyment, Expectation, First, Mind)

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)

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.
- Taylor Caldwell
(Keywords: Ambition, Fire, Obscurity)

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Ambition, Boredom, Exhaustion)

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
(Keywords: Ambition, Appearance)

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)

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Ambition, Potential)

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)

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
(Keywords: Ambition, Man)

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
(Keywords: Ambition, Man)

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)

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
(Keywords: Ambition, Blessings, Profit)

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)

I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way.
- Joe DiMaggio
(Keywords: Ambition, Help)

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)

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
(Keywords: Ambition, Mankind, World)

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)

Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
- William Feather
(Keywords: Ambition, Job, Sight)



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