The Best Quotes About Ambition  

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Ambition is the last refuge of failure. Oscar Wilde
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare
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
“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
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
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
"I...keep trying to be perfect. For you. So you'll notice me." Janet Morris, Chris Morris
Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do. Robert Browning
It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. Seneca the Younger
Most idiots don't have that much ambition.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Abraham Lincoln
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Cicero
As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. William Shakespeare
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
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. Publilius Syrus
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward. George Jean Nathan
He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron
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
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. Christopher Marlowe
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
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. William Penn
Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Alexander Pope
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
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
Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. Jonathan Swift