Quotes about Ambition

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.

Chinese Proverb

On what strange stuff Ambition feeds!

Eliza Cook

By low ambition and the thirst of praise.

William Cowper

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.

John Dryden

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

He was utterly without ambition [Chas. II.]. He detested business, and would sooner have abdicated his crown than have undergone the trouble of really directing the administration.

Thomas Babington Macaulay

Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

John Milton

Such joy ambition finds.

John Milton

But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd, obnoxious first and last To basest things.

John Milton

Who know but He, whose hand the lightning forms, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms, Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind.

Alexander Pope

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

Herbert N. Casson

Big results require big ambitions.

James Champy

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

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.

James R. Cook

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 Dali

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

C. Archie Danielson

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.

Sir John Denham

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

Thomas Dunn English

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

Joseph Joubert

Ambition never comes to an end.

Yoshida Kenko

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

William Lilly

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

Charlie McCarthy

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