Ambition Quotes

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 rumour.

Aldous Huxley

Vanity makes men ridiculous, pride odious and ambition terrible.

Sir Richard Steele

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

Workers of the world awaken. Break your chains, demand your rights. All the wealth you make is taken, by exploiting parasites. Shall you kneel in deep submission from your cradle to your grave. Is the height of your ambition to be a good and willing slave?

Joe Hill

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.

Robert Southey

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.

Benjamin Disraeli

Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue

Quintilian

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.

Baltasar Gracian

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.

Samuel Johnson

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes

Chinese Proverbs

Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition.

Jack Handy

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.

Buddha

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.

Jonathan Swift

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.

John Keats

My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances dont always come.

Ravi Shankar

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.

Helen Keller

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

Lord Chesterfield

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ''coaches'' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

Herbert Kaufman

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.

Unknown

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

Arthur Christopher Benson

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.

David Hume

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

Thomas Otway

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!

Walter Savage Landor

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.

Walter Savage Landor
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