Ambition Quotes

Most popular ambition quotes

The ability to work hard and make sacrifices comes naturally to those who know exactly what they want.

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Ambition is only vanity ennobled.
Ambition is the death of thought.
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.

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Ambition is a dream with a V-8 engine.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
The treacheries of ambition never cease.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace.


My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.


Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.
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Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
Every man believes he has a greater possibility.
If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it.
Ambition—it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
If you play to win, as I do, the game never ends.
Ambition and love are the wings of great actions.


Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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To win anything, we must have the ambition to do so.
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.


Ambition will, and should, always outstrip achievement.
Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
Well it is known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.


Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.
Ability without ambition is like kindling wood without the spark.


The acorn of ambition often grows into an oak from which men hang.
Ambition hath no mean, it is either upon all fours or upon tiptoes.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't have the same horizon.

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Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.


As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for.
Normal is not something to aspire to; it is something to get away from.

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We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?

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

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Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
If Man, Ambition is the common'st thing:/ Each one, by nature, loves to be a King.
One often goes from love to ambition, but one rarely returns from ambition to love.
Ambition breaks through the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
We often pass from love to ambition, but we hardly ever return from ambition to love.
Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.


Ambition is a lust that's never quench'd,
Grows more inflam'd and madder by enjoyment.
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.
Ambition, if it were to be savored, let alone achieved, had to be rooted in possibility.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Ambition hath one heel nailed in hell, though she stretch her finger to touch the heavens.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
Real happiness cannot exist when we are not free. Burdened by so many ambitions, we are not able to be free.


Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.


Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
Ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world.  It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.
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.
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.  When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.


A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
A man must have his dreams—memory dreams of the past and eager dreams of the future. I never want to stop reaching for new goals.


Ambition is the subtlest beast of the intellectual and moral field.  It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
In the long run men hit only what they aim at.  Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
Ambition might more usefully be defined as the desire to maximize your talents in the service of work you find worthwhile and rewarding.


An ambition is a little creeper that creeps and creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, "Come and find me, come and find me."
Ambition is peculiarly the passion of great minds. It is the aspiration after a sphere of those who feel within them the capability of filling one.
Is like the sea wave, which the more you drink
The more you thirst—yea—drink too much, as men
Have done on rafts of wreck—it drives you mad.
Where there are large powers with little ambition (which will happen sometimes, though seldom) nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
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.
Keep away from 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.
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
A man without ambition is like a bird without wings. He can never soar in the heights above, but must walk like a weakling, unnoticed, with the crowds below.
Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, they still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
They fight for the sake of ambition, which is so powerful a passion in the human breast that, no matter the rank to which a man may rise, he never abandons it.
Where ambition can be so happy as to cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of all human passions.
When I started to write these plays, I wanted to attempt something of ambition and size even if that meant I might be accused of straying too close to ambition's ugly twin, pretentiousness.

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When I think about someone who is ambitious, I think about someone who does three things: They take credit for their own work and ideas; they step up when opportunities arise; and they proactively create opportunities for themselves.