AMBITION QUOTES III

quotations about ambition

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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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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Ambition displeases when it has been sated ... having reached the peak, it aspires to descend.

PIERRE CORNEILLE, Cinna

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

THOMAS OTWAY, attributed, A Dictionary of Thoughts

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A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.

MARCUS AURELIUS, Meditations

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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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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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