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.


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

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

Joyce Brothers

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

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.

Joseph Addison

Ambition displeases when it has been sated... Having reached the peak, it aspires to descend.

Pierre Corneille

There is just one hope for repulsing the tyrannical ambition of civilization to conquer every inch on the whole earth. That hope is the organization of spirited people who will fight for the freedom and preservation of the wilderness.

Bob Marshall
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