Most popular ambition quotes
Real happiness cannot exist when we are not free. Burdened by so many ambitions, we are not able to be free.
Normal is not something to aspire to; it is something to get away from.
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.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.
To win anything, we must have the ambition to do so.
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.
We all live under the same sky, but we don't have the same horizon.
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ballpark.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
If you play to win, as I do, the game never ends.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
We're here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?
Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
Every man believes he has a greater possibility.
As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.
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.
Ambition hath no mean, it is either upon all fours or upon tiptoes.
Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for.
The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Nothing is so common-place as to wish to be remarkable.
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.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
The treacheries of ambition never cease.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Ability without ambition is like kindling wood without the spark.
Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.
The aims of life are the best defense against death.
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.
In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition.
Ambition is the subtlest beast of the intellectual and moral field. It is wonderfully adroit in concealing itself from its owner.
Ambition is a dream with a V-8 engine.
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.
Ambition—it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite.
My ambition is handicapped by my laziness.
Well it is known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
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.
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
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.
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.
Ambition and love are the wings of great actions.
The acorn of ambition often grows into an oak from which men hang.
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.
Ambition, if it were to be savored, let alone achieved, had to be rooted in possibility.
Ambition is only vanity ennobled.
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.
Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.
We often pass from love to ambition, but we hardly ever return from ambition to love.
Ambition hath one heel nailed in hell, though she stretch her finger to touch the heavens.
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.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.
Ambition is a lust that's never quench'd, Grows more inflam'd and madder by enjoyment.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.
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 breaks through the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
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.
Ambition 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.
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.
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 will, and should, always outstrip achievement.
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.
Ambition is the death of thought.
The ability to work hard and make sacrifices comes naturally to those who know exactly what they want.
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
All that spirits desire, spirits attain.
Ambition might more usefully be defined as the desire to maximize your talents in the service of work you find worthwhile and rewarding.
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.