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

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

Pierre Corneille

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
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