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
I would like to think that ambition is a gift if looked at from a Christian perspective. It seems to me that God was ambitious when He made the world and all that is in it. His plans for us are ambitious. He sees us redeemed to Himself--worshipping Him in this life and for eternity. How amazing--creatures who follow the flesh can, by His power of transformation, be made into spiritual beings--saints actually. That is ambition! Was not Christ ambitious when He went to the cross? His act would redeem mankind--or those who believed on His name. It is a message that is not accepted by everyone, of course, though His ambition is for everyone to come to the Father through Him.
DIANE GLANCY, "Dreams Are Dangerous; They Uncover Your Bones", Ambition: Essays by members of The Chrysostom Society
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
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Driftwood
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
EDMUND BURKE, Letters on a Regicide Peace
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
Never doubt what small men will do for great power.
PAOLO BACIGALUPI, The Windup Girl
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
An ambition to excel in petty things obstructs the progress to nobler aims.
CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought
There was no more dangerous kind of madman than one who devoted a good brain and a courageous heart to unhealthy ambitions.
MICHAEL MOORCOCK, The City in the Autumn Stars