AMBITION QUOTES III

quotations about ambition

With the ambitious, the failure of one expedient is the suggestion of another; but with the irresolute, defeat usually occasions abandonment of purpose.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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There are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

BARACK OBAMA, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20. 2009

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Ambition is a "lucifer" applied to a barrel of gunpowder, the explosion of which, where it succeeds in blowing one man into a niche, dashes twenty to atoms.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY, The Maxims, Experiences, and Observations of Agogos

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It's no secret ambition bites the nails of success.

U2, "The Fly"

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Ambition, in one respect, is like a singer's voice; pitched at too high a key, it breaks and comes to nothing.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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An ambition to excel in petty things obstructs the progress to nobler aims.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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Ambitious princes value inherited kingdoms not so much as conquered provinces.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

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Ambition is a germ which should produce an intense desire to make the world a better place in which to live, and should not be used for purely personal accumulations.

WALTER MATTHEWS, "Ambition", Human Life From Many Angles

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If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.

ALAN LIGHTMAN, Einstein's Dreams

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Ambition, like a torrent, ne'er looks back.

BEN JONSON, Catiline

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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

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Ambition knows no gorge but the grave.

CARL SEELBACH, attributed, Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages

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Ambition is the mind's immodesty.

WILLIAM DAVENANT, attributed, Day's Collacon

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I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something -- the eternal "what's the use?" -- sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Flaubert in Egypt: A Sensibility on Tour

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Ambition is a devouring fire, who can poise it? It is a wind, who can fathom it? It is an abyss, who is able to recount the sources and issues thereof?

N. CAUSSIN, attributed, Day's Collacon

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I love the smell of fresh ambition in the morning.

ANONYMOUS

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Ambition spells the difference between those who are content to let random circumstances determine their journey through life, and those who would like to have a say in where they end up.

RACHEL BRIDGE, Ambition: Why It's Good to Want More and How to Get It

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Ambition is the fuel that holds the many opposing fragments of my life together. Ambition is a buffer zone. A war zone. All the contradictions that are within me.

DIANE GLANCY, "Dreams Are Dangerous; They Uncover Your Bones", Ambition: Essays by members of The Chrysostom Society

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If you're like me, accolades make you want more accolades. Though responsible for great success and progress, ambition can also cause feelings of worthlessness, mania and anxiety.... At its worst, ambition mirrors the sick cycle of addiction.

CAROLINE BEATON, "Addicted To Ambition: 3 Ways Millennials Can Manage Their Stress", Forbes, February 10, 2016

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Of all the passions which have ever called into action the tongue, the pen, or the sword, which have overturned the throne, and shaken the altar to its base, ambition is the first and mightiest. It uses crime as a means, virtue as a mask. It respects nothing sacred.

F. A. LANGE, The History of Materialism

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