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Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. Kenny Rogers, musician

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

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy. Bryant H. McGill, poet

Nothing we achieve in this world is achieved alone. It is always achieved with others teaching us along the way. Lee J. Colan, author

You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do. Henry Ford, industrialist

So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be. Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. Publilius Syrus, writer

Hasty climbers have sudden falls. Italian Proverbs,

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes, poet

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. Anatole France, novelist

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. Thomas Jefferson, president

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. Les Brown, motivational speaker

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. William Faulkner,

If you can imagine it,You can achieve it.If you can dream it,You can become it. William Arthur Ward, writer

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me. Robert Browning, poet

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth. John Lennon, musician

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. Niccolo Machiavelli, writer

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. Carl Sagan, scientist

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, musician

Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher

When ambition ends, happiness begins. Proverbs,

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

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. Sir Walter Scott,

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. William Shakespeare, dramatist

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him. William Shakespeare, dramatist

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake, poet

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of others. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. Salvador Dali, painter

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible. Eric Hoffer, writer

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher

The comfort zone takes our greatest aspirations and turns them into excuses for not bothering to aspire. Peter McWilliams, writer

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. Mark Twain, author

No matter how good you get you can always get better and that's the exciting part. Tiger Woods, athlete

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

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. Sir John Denham,

I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head. Horace, poet

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms. Henry Miller, author

Ambition is not a vice of little people. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority, otherwise called ambition. Cesare Pavese, poet

Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. Sir Henry Taylor,

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. James Madison, president

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, mathematician

Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds. James Barrie,

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. Ambrose Bierce, journalist

'Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do! Robert Browning, poet

Big results require big ambitions. James Champy,

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. Joseph Conrad, novelist

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk. Lao Tzu, philosopher

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Abraham Lincoln, president

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

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build. John D. Rockefeller, businessman

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare, dramatist

He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man William Shakespeare, dramatist

The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships. H. G. [Herbert George] Wells,

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,

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, explorer

We are told never to cross a bridge until we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have 'crossed bridges' in their imagination far ahead of the crowd. Anonymous,

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them. Napoleon Bonaparte, leader

Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke, statesman

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. Herbert N. Casson,

No man rises so high as he knows not whither he goes. Oliver Cromwell, soldier

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps. David Lloyd George, statesman

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly. Horace, poet

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage. Samuel Johnson, author

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. Sir John Lubbock, banker

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune. William Penn, leader

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others. Susan Sontag, author

Where ambition ends happiness begins. Source Unknown,

The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us. Peter Ustinov, actor

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us - avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Petrarch, poet

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential. Barack Obama, president

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman, writer

The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host. Theophrastus, philosopher

My ambition is peace and perfection. DeForest Kelley, actor

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes. Jean De La Bruyere, philosopher

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. Robert Burton, writer

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands. Lord (George Gordon) Byron, poet

It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful. Sebastian Roch Nicolas Chamfort,

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need. Laurel Cutler,

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery. Oliver Goldsmith, poet

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable. Joseph Joubert, writer

Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment, 'Stay, thou art so fair.' Robert Francis Kennedy, politician

An ounce of hypocracy is worth a pound of ambition. Michael Korda, novelist

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. William Lilly, celebrity

Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Alexander Pope, poet

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs. Horace Walpole, author

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. Thomas Jefferson, president

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

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, poet

My one ambition is to play a hero. Sessue Hayakawa, actor

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, musician

Children, you must remember something. A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Pearl Bailey, actress

Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to achieve. Most people's sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money. Judith M. Bardwick,

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. Charles Caleb Colton, writer

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. Joseph Conrad, novelist

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go. James R. Cook,

The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self. Charles Horton Cooley, sociologist

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, novelist

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. C. Archie Danielson,

It's them as take advantage that get advantage I this world. George Eliot, author

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. George Eliot, author

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. Thomas Dunn English,

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires. Benjamin Franklin, politician

Advance, and never halt, for advancing is perfection. Advance and do not fear the thorns in the path, for they draw only corrupt blood. Kahlil Gibran, artist

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. Angus Grossart,

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions. David Hume, philosopher

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. Samuel Johnson, author

We grow small trying to be great. Eli Stanley Jones,

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees. Kenneth Kaunda, statesman

Ambition never comes to an end. Yoshida Kenko,

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime. James Russell Lowell, poet

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, does teach us all to have aspiring minds. Christopher Marlowe, dramatist

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now. Mildred Mcafee,

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. Charlie McCarthy,

A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward. George Jean Nathan, editor

Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition. William Osler, scientist

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue. Edgar Quinet, historian

We must love stupid people better than ourselves; are they not the really unfortunate ones of this world? Do not people without taste and without ideal grow constantly weary, rejoicing in nothing, and being quite useless here below? George Sand, novelist

The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer... He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen. Robert L. Schwartz,

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue. Sir Philip Sidney,

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing. Robert Southey, poet

There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves. Arthur P. Stanley,

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. Jonathan Swift, writer

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. Harold Taylor, politician

Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. The Root Of The Righteous A. W. Tozer,

From compromise and things half done, Keep me with stern and stubborn pride,And when at last the fight is won,God, keep me still unsatisfied. Louis Untermeyer,

I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men. Virgil, poet

It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement. Anthony Trollope, author

God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so. Norman Mailer, novelist

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, coach

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition. Adam Smith, economist

Ambition it is the last infirmity of noble minds. J. M. Barrie, novelist

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, entertainer

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

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time. Arthur Koestler, novelist

Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect. Francois de la Rochefoucauld, writer

The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet. Barney Frank, politician

It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects... that is was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. Joseph Story, judge

Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to. Ethan Coen, director

I'm definitely responsible for the image that I put out there. But it does become frustrating, because I don't want 'sexy' to be my defining characteristic. I'd love for my ambition and will and intellect and sense of humour to define me as well. Eva Mendes, actress

It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team's ambition. Kimi Raikkonen, celebrity

There weren't a lot of career opportunities in crazy-fast hardcore punk, so you didn't have a lot of ambition, just the love and passion to play music with your friends. Dave Grohl, musician

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