AMBITION QUOTES VI

quotations about ambition

Ambition is only bad if it is an ambition for small things.

SCOTT CAIRNS, introduction, Ambition: Essays by members of The Chrysostom Society

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I blame Alexis Carrington and JR Ewing. Then again, Gordon Gecko didn't help matters. The deliciously awful main characters of 1980's television shows such as Dynasty and Dallas, and films such as Wall Street, came to personify the idea that ambition is a dirty word, a short-hand way of describing ruthless, selfish, amoral people mercilessly trampling over each other in their efforts to seize power, money, status or all three.... And over the years the image has stuck. Indeed even the words used to describe ambition are harsh -- raw, naked, burning ambition anyone? The problem is that this cartoon image of ambition is not what true ambition is about at all. In reality, ambition is simply the desire to make the most of your potential to achieve something special.

RACHEL BRIDGE, "Why Ambition Should No Longer Be a Dirty Word", Huffington Post, February 26, 2016

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The topic of ambition is especially relevant in a world in which personal achievement, power and fame are prized above everything else. But at what price?

TOM SCHAEFER, "The many faces of ambition -- is it a virtue or vice?", The Wichita Eagle, February 14, 2016

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Self-oriented ambition is not a gift from the Father of lights. It is a bad legacy from the father of lies. We are better off without it.

JOHN KOESSLER, The Radical Pursuit of Rest: Escaping the Productivity Trap

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If your ambition is very strong, and is directed toward something definite, every action of your mind, every action of your personality, and every action of your faculties will become constructive.

CHRISTIAN LARSON, Your Forces and How to Use Them

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Is there an unselfish ambition? A tamed ambition? A sanctified ambition? I would like to think so, though it seems doubtful. Nonetheless -- thank you, ambition, for being in my life.

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

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Ambition is the force that makes amazing things happen in the world. Without it we would have no progress, no inventions, no innovation, and no change for the better. Indeed one person's ambition is the driving force behind many of the incredible achievements in our society, whether that be inventing the motor car, discovering electricity or creating incredible works of art.

RACHEL BRIDGE, "Why Ambition Should No Longer Be a Dirty Word", Huffington Post, February 26, 2016

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Never permit restless ambition. Whenever you feel the force of ambition, direct your mind at once in a calm, determined manner upon that which you really want to accomplish in life. Make this a daily practice, and you will steadily train all your faculties and powers not only to work for the realization of that ambition, but become more and more efficient in that direction.

CHRISTIAN LARSON, Your Forces and How to Use Them

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Ambition is like choler; which is an humor that maketh men active, earnest, full of alacrity, and stirring, if it be not stopped. But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh a dust, and thereby malign and venomous. So ambitious men, if they find the way open for their rising, and still get forward, they are rather busy than dangerous; but if they be checked in their desires, they become secretly discontent, and look upon men and matters with an evil eye, and are best pleased, when things go backward; which is the worst property in a servant of a prince, or state.

FRANCIS BACON, "Of Ambition", The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral

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But unscrupulous ambition has nothing to work upon, save in a nation corrupted by avarice and luxury.

ST. AUGUSTINE, The City of God

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