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Ambition Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Ambition

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Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

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Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
- Bono

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experiences of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened,
vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

 

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

Ambition has one heel nailed in well,
though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
- Lao Tzu

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
- Salvador Dali

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Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
- Baruch Spinoza

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
- Charles Baudelaire

People in the U.K.
cannot understand whether Blair has lost his mind or
whether his ambition to be the second-most-powerful
man in the world made him lose his mind.
- Bianca Jagger

I should have been smart enough to stay happy.
But my ambition ruled my life.
- Eva Gabor

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.
- James K. Polk

All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown;
like streams supplied from springs below,
which scatter blessings as they go.
- Charles Cotton

Where there are large powers with little ambition...
nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
- Jonathan Swift

It's incredible considering the public perception that
he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent,
and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be.
- Alan Hansen

I used to think I had ambition...
but now I'm not so sure.
It may have been only discontent.
They're easily confused.
- Rachel Field

I didn't know then that I would never be able to leave
the sounds and smells of these sights behind me,
but I was fiercely conscious of one thing-my ambition.
- Emanuel Celler

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American,
courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
- Katharine Hepburn

As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman.
- Lynn Davies

Ambition has but one reward for all:
A little power,
a little transient fame; A grave to rest in,
and a fading name!
- Walter Savage Landor

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim,
wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame;
obtained with labour,
for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it,
best enjoyed.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme;
to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
- Shakti Gawain

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices;
so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
- A. C. Benson

Maybe wanting to retire is my ambition.
- Brenda Blethyn

My mother carried on and supported us;
her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
- Philip Levine

My biggest ambition is never to be bored.
I'm not aggressive enough to strongly run after being an actress.
- Anjelica Huston

Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope -
and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.
- Bob Riley

My ambition is peace and perfection.
- DeForest Kelley

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition;
to curb that,
is the first step to contentment, since to diminish
expectation is to increase enjoyment.
- Frances Burney

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather
an ambition than a bounty.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I;
it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

If you have ambition, you might not achieve anything,
but without ambition, you are almost certain not to achieve anything.
- Whitfield Diffie

I have the desire to work as an actress,
but I have no ambition to be a star.
- Ally Sheedy

Independence is not a whim or an ambition.
It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group.
- Aslan Maskhadov

Whatever success I may have attained is due to the
fact that since I was old enough to work at all,
my ambition has never deserted me.
- Anna Held

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself;
his aim is so exalted that riches,
office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.
- Samuel Johnson

There are so many things to take into account -
your ambition,
your ego, the press, the consumers.
You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.
- Giorgio Armani

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
Whether it be true or not, I can say for one
that I have no other so great as that
of being truly esteemed of my fellow men,
by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.
- Abraham Lincoln

Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career,
Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.
- Annette Funicello

Ambition is not what man does...
but what man would do.
- Robert Browning

I had a burning ambition.
Otherwise, I wouldn't have accomplished it.
- Claire Bloom

I've never looked ahead very much in my life.
I've never had any grand plan from the outset.
I had no burning ambition to do what I do.
- Tracey Ullman

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the
people who made a difference in this world.
My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.
- Jim Henson

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation,
wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
- Riccardo Muti

My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing,
speed and defense - on the order of Mike Gibbons.
- Gene Tunney

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

Though ambition in itself is a vice,
yet it is often the parent of virtues.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

Me only have one ambition, y'know.
I only have one thing I really like to see happen.
I like to see mankind live together -
black,
white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.
- Bob Marley

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
- William Feather

My ambition is to go back to Spurs and Rangers in some
capacity and give something back that they gave to me.
- Graham Roberts

At the beginning of the 20th century,
the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music,
which was then considered as the noblest art.
- Brian Eno

I have no ambition to surprise my reader.
Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse.
- Anthony Trollope

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher,
and that's still what I do: teach.
- Mike Krzyzewski

I wanted to be an outstanding player,
that was my ambition.
- Imran Khan

I am still full of ambition.
- Jan Timman

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
- Milan Kundera

But we need to show that the EU can modernise itself,
can adapt to the needs of its citizens,
can take their views into account.
That will be our ambition for the UK Presidency.
- John Hutton

I wasn't really interested in doing television.
I don't have that much ambition.
My agent, Eileen Feldman, has all the ambition for me.
- Meg Tilly

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career,
and to young men it is the worthiest ambition.
Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
- Pat Riley

The same ambition can destroy or save,
and make a patriot as it makes a knave.
- Alexander Pope

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for,
the thing before which every ambition of man is folly
and all lower achievement vain.
- Henry Drummond

As a teenager I was so insecure.
I was the type of guy that never fitted in because
he never dared to choose.
I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all.
For nothing.
And that thought took away all my ambition too.
- Johnny Depp

Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive
any number of hits on the nose.
- Wilfred Owen

An once of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.
- Michael Korda

My ambition is to be happy.
- Penelope Cruz

That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex,
fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is.
- Jock Sturges

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.
- Steven Brust

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
- William Shakespeare

Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me,
but as far as I think it possible for man to go.
- James Cook

The experience awakened 'my tremendous musical ambition,
which has never subsided to this day.
- Georg Solti


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