Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
Ambition is the last infirmity of noble minds.
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.
Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ''coaches'' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
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.
Golf is an open exhibition of overweening ambition, courage deflated by stupidity, skill scoured by a whiff of arrogance
Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
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.
Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong.
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.
The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.
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.
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.
I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day's work like a happy child at play.
If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider.