Ambition Quotes

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.

Bryant H. McGill

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.

Emil Cioran

The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty but to have a slave of his own.

Sir Richard Francis Burton

Love, a pleasant folly; ambition, a serious stupidity.

Nicolas Chamfort

The most effective moments in the theatre are those that appeal to basic and commonplace emotions--love of woman, love of home, love of country, love of right, anger, jealousy, revenge, ambition, lust, and treachery.

CLAYTON HAMILTON

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

Ambition is the manure of glory.

Pietro Aretino

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition.

Adam Smith

Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.

William Feather

Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.

Annette Funicello

It is always my endeavour however in making a picture that it should be without a companion in the world. At least such should be a painters ambition.

John Constable

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.

Riccardo Muti

Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.

Henry H. Haskins

Tis plain that there is not in nature a point of stability to be found: everything either ascends or declines. When wars are ended abroad, sedition begins at home, and when men are freed from fighting for necessity, they quarrel through ambition.

Sir Walter Scott

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

Thomas Carlyle

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

Aldous Huxley

Devotion to duty is a fire that warms us but worldly ambition is a fire that consumes us.

Unknown

So my great love for thee lies tranquil, deep, Forever; though above it passions fierce, Ambition, hatred, jealousy; like waves That seem from earths core to the sky to leap, But oceans depths can never really pierce; Hide its great calm, while all the surface raves.

Francis William Bourdillon

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.

Marquis De Sade

To seek solitude like a wild animal. That is my only ambition.

Dalai Lama

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

Samuel Johnson

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Helen Keller

If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider.

Joyce Brothers
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