quotations about ambition
Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
J.M. BARRIE, The Twelve-Pound Look
Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
SUSAN SONTAG, The Benefactor
'Tis immortality to die aspiring.
GEORGE CHAPMAN, Conspiracy of Charles, Duke of Byron
Two men are equally free from the rage of ambition; are they therefore equal in merit? Perhaps not; one may be above ambition, the other below it.
FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections
Ambition like a liquid ruby stains.
SAMUEL R. DELANY, Babel-17
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
QUINTILIAN, attributed, Day's Collacon
Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme, to be sublimely great, or to be nothing.
T. SOUTHERN, attributed, Day's Collacon
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Driftwood
Ambition is the ecclesiastical lust.
DANIEL NOONAN, The Passion of Fulton Sheen
A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast in it to raise it.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
Ambition fortifies the will of man to become ruler over other men: it operates with deception, cajolery, and violence, it is the action of impurity upon impurity.
T. S. ELIOT, Murder in the Cathedral
Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
EMIL CIORAN, History & Utopia
Like a goddess on her azure hill, the star of my ambition, the mistress of my dream; a thing apart, that we can worship, but not touch; a wild desire, that, in the madness of the thought, soars higher in its dignity, and leaves me weeping in the dust.
WILLIAM BATCHELDER GREENE, "Ambition", Imogen and Other Poems
Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
JONATHAN SWIFT, "Thoughts on Various Subjects"
Ambition is therefore liable to failure and can even destroy the ambitious one. Only the ambition that falls in line with God's drawnout plan becomes fruitful.
KINGSTONE NGWIRA, Journals of Regulatory Frame Work in Malawi
Ambition displeases when it has been sated ... having reached the peak, it aspires to descend.
PIERRE CORNEILLE, Cinna
There is scarce any passion so heartily decried by moralists and satirists, as AMBITION; and yet, methinks, ambition is not a vice but in a vicious mind: in a virtuous mind it is a virtue, and will be found to take its color from the character in which it is mixed. Ambition is a desire of superiority; and a man may become superior, either by making others less or himself greater.
FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections
Ambition is an uncomfortable companion many times. He creates a discontent with present surroundings and achievements; he is never satisfied but always pressing forward to better things in the future. Restless, energetic, purposeful, it is ambition that makes of the creature a real man.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON, The (Southwest Texas State) College Star, June 19, 1929
Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
EDWARD DAHLBERG, Alms for Oblivion