Ambition Quotes

The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.

John Keats

My sole literary ambition is to write one good novel, then retire to my hut in the desert, assume the lotus position, compose my mind and senses, and sink into meditation, contemplating my novel

Edward Abbey

The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of "eternity"; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book - what everyone else does not say in a book.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

Derek Jarman

Golf is an open exhibition of overweening ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill soured by a whiff of arrogance

Alistair Cooke

Other passions have objects to flatter them, and seem to content and satisfy them for a while; there is power in ambition, pleasure in luxury, and pelf in covetousness; but envy can gain nothing but vexation


Weve gotta roll with the punches Learn to play all of our hunches. Makin the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition And learn to trust your intuition. Plowin straight ahead come what may.

James William "Jimmy" Buffett

Putting people into homes, though a desirable goal, shouldnt be our countrys primary objective. Keeping them in their homes should be the ambition.

Warren Edward Buffett

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself.. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

Barack Obama

Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.

Vita Sackville-West

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment.

Frances Burney

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

Helen Adams Keller

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

Michael Korda

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

Charlie McCarthy

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.

Henry Ward Beecher
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