Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes
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.
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Ambition is the last infirmity of noble minds.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there
An ounce of hypocracy is worth a pound of ambition.
Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.
The Macedonians are a newly emergent people in search of a past to help legitimize their precarious present as they attempt to establish their singular identity in a Slavic world dominated historically by Serbs and Bulgarians. One need understand only a single geopolitical fact: As one measures conflicting Serb and Bulgarian claims over the past nine centuries, they intersect in Macedonia. Macedonia is where the historical Serb thrust to the south and the historical thrust to the west meet. This is not to say that present Serb and Bulgarian ambitions, where the past has precedence over the present and future.
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.
Put personal ambition away from you, and then you will find consolation in living or in dying, whatever may happen to you.
History teaches us these lessons for the interveners: leave your prejudices at home, keep your ambitions low, have enough resources to do the job, do not lose the golden hour, make security your first priority, involve the neighbours.
I rejoiced so greatly when I heard of your answer in the case of some who seemed to be filled with extravagant ambition for the office of legate, and to hope for it with impudence, even more than I can say. And not only I but all who love your name rejoiced with exceeding great joy. Moreover, when I read your letter written in the cause of the Church of Rodez, then was my mouth filled with laughter and my tongue with joy. Such things as these are worthy of your Apostleship, they honour the highest See, they are just what is becoming to the Bishop of the world. Whence, also, I bow my knees to the Author of your unique Primacy... In truth, you have been raised to this chair for the fall and rising again of many.
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