Quotes about Ambition

To eat at another's table is your ambition's height. [Lat., Bona summa putes, aliena vivere quadra.]

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

Ed Petrarch

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Oscar Wilde

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition. •Michael Korda We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity. •G. K. Chesterton Often a noble face hides filthy ways. •Euripides The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.

Michael Korda

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

Orison Swett Marden

Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.

Joseph Addison

Here at lastWe shall be free;the Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us hence:Here we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in Hell:Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven. - Paradise Lost.

John Milton

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

Thomas Otway

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. -Timothy Leary.

Timothy Leary

Since you go where all have gone before, why do you torment your your disgraceful life with such mean ambitions, O miser? [Lat., Abiturus illuc priores abierunt, Quid mente caeca torques spiritum? Tibi dico, avare.]

Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Well, then--our course is chosen--spread the sail-- Heave oft the lead, and mark the soundings well-- Look to the helm, good master--many a shoal Marks this stern coast, and rocks, where sits the Siren Who, like ambition, lures men to their ruin.

Sir Walter Scott

Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.

Henry H. Haskins

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.

William Seneca

Praise enough To fill the ambition of a private man, That Chatham's language was his mother-tongue.

William Cowper

If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear there'd be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.

Nadine Gordimer

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.

Christian Nestell Bovee

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

Carl Sagan

The nature of a society is largely determined by the direction in which talent and ambition flow--by the tilt of the social landscape.

Eric Hoffer

Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation?--Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground?--Why by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humour or caprice?

George Washington

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Timothy Leary

What is your sex's earliest, latest care, Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.

Lord George Lyttleton

'Twas his ambition, generous and great A life to life's great end to consecrate.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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