Quotations The Best Quotes About Ambition  

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Ambition is the last refuge of failure. Oscar Wilde

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Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare

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“The trick in life (and sales) is to learn from everybody, even those with less credentials than you. It could mean the difference between being number two ... and being number One!” Reginald V. Johnson

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Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"I...keep trying to be perfect. For you. So you'll notice me." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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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 principals which direct them. Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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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. Sallust

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When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero

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It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. Seneca the Younger

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Most idiots don't have that much ambition.

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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Abraham Lincoln

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Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. Robert Burton

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He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. William Shakespeare

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Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. Christopher Marlowe

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If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. Publilius Syrus

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Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. Sir John Lubbock, 1st Baronet

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The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right. John D. Rockefeller

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I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build. John D. Rockefeller

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Hasty climbers have sudden falls.

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The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. William Penn

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If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms. Henry Miller

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

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"Everything that anyone respects is what men naturally excel at: fighting, accruing wealth, playing at power...." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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“Passion presented with a greater challenge achieves a greater goal.” Aberjhani

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Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs. Horace Walpole

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I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men. Virgil

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Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain

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Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. -- The Root Of The Righteous A. W. Tozer

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So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. Jonathan Swift

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Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing. Robert Southey

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Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others. Susan Sontag

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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime. James Russell Lowell

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Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. Charles Caleb Colton

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Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Alexander Pope

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The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory. Cicero

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As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke

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The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes. Jean de La Bruyère

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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for? Robert Browning

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'Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do! Robert Browning

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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. Joseph Conrad

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It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. George Eliot

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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 Dalí

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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

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The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self. Charles Cooley

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

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Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow