Ambition Quotes


Ambition is the spur that makes man struggle with destiny. It is heaven’s own incentive to make purpose great and achievement greater. -Donald G. Mitchell

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. -Publilius Syrus (85BC-43BC)

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. -H.W. Beecher

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees. -Kenneth Kaunda

Well it is known that ambition can creep as well as soar. -Edmund Burke

To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court. -Sir P. Sidney

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. -Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. -Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue. -Edgar Quinet (1803-1875)

Ambition is but the evil shadow of aspiration. -G. Macdonald

I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. -Angus Grossart

Discontent follows ambition like a shadow. -Anonymous

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. -Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. -Herbert N. Casson

It is a psychological law that whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind; that is, we must register a vow with ourselves, we must make our resolution with vigor, with faith that we can do the thing we want to do; we must register our conviction with such intensity that the great creative forces within us will tend to realize them. Our impressions will become expressions just in proportion to the vigor with which we register our vows to accomplish our ambitions, to make our visions realities. -Orison S. Marden

Great souls, by nature half divine, soar to the stars, and hold a near acquaintance with the gods. -Rowe

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me. -Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. -Thomas Dunn English

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. -William Penn (1644-1718)

If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider. -Dr. Joyce Brothers

Though ambition itself is a vice, it is often the parent of virtues. -Quintilian A.D. 80

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. -Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great. -Mark Twain

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. -George Eliot (1819-1880)

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. -Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC3-65AD)

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. -Oscar Wilde

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now. -Mildred McAfee

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. -Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933)

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. -Arnold H. Glasgow

This one is a bit tongue-in-cheek:
“To be unhappy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” -Samuel Johnson

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