119 Ambitious Person Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of ambitious person quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about being ambitious.

The Most Famous Ambitious Person Quotes (Best in 2024)

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The highly ambitious person, in spite of all his successes, always remains dissatisfied, in the same way as a greedy baby is never satisfied. — Melanie Klein

In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric. — Maya Angelou

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

I never saw myself as being ambitious, I saw myself as being in love with the profession. I'm a people person. I love to get to know different kinds of people. — Jack Kelley

I'm not an overly ambitious person; I don't feel like I have to excel. — Chris Evert

It is not the delicate neurotic person who is prone to angina, but the robust, the vigorous in mind and body, the keen and ambitious man, the indicator of whose engines is always at full speed ahead. — William Osler

I have never been an ambitious person, and my participation in this industry is a fluke, but only male writers can afford to be coy and self-deprecating. — Diablo Cody

I have a tendency, just because I'm an ambitious person, to get impatient with things and want them to be moving faster then they are. — Pablo Schreiber

Taking on a leadership role doesn't mean that you only have to be personally ambitious. — Jacinda Ardern

Everyone who knew [Barack] Obama from being in Hyde Park knew he was the smartest guy in any room he walked into; a decent, compassionate, lovely person; pragmatic, middle-of-the-road and ambitious. — Bill Ayers

Ambitious Man Quotes

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Greed is but a word jealous men inflict upon the ambitious. — Marcus Licinius Crassus

Boys, be ambitious. Be ambitious not for money, not for selfish aggrandizement, not for the evanescent thing which men call fame. Be ambitious for the attainment of all that a man can be. — William Clark

The ambitious man has never found his true vocation. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Ambitious person quote Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die
Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

In physiology, as in all other sciences, no discovery is useless, no curiosity misplaced or too ambitious, and we may be certain that every advance achieved in the quest of pure knowledge will sooner or later play its part in the service of man. — Ernest Starling

One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It's brutal. And there's a trophy. — Bobby Flay

A man should know about himself two or three things: whether he is a coward; whether he is an honest man or given to lies; whether he is an ambitious man. One should define oneself first of all in those terms, and only then in terms of culture, race, creed. — Joseph Brodsky

Ambitious person quote Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarte
Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selevtive you become.

Thinking men cannot be ruled; ambitious men do not stagnate. — Ayn Rand

If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man's outward actions – if he continues to be just a snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect that his 'conversion' was largely imaginary. — C. S. Lewis

Man is by nature competitive, combative, ambitious, jealous, envious, and vengeful. — Arthur Keith

Who can wonder at the attractiveness... of the bar, for our ambitious young men, when the highest bribes of society are at the feet of the successful orator? — Marsilio Ficino

Being Ambitious Quotes

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A nation can survive its fools, even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within....for the traitor appears not to be a traitor...he rots the soul of a nation...he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Further, Take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others. — David Brainerd

Don't be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams. — Dwayne Johnson

Ambitious person quote To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when the
To love a person is to see all of their magic, and to remind them of it when they have forgotten.

It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it. — Arnold J. Toynbee

I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading. — Amy Poehler

I knew that one day I would come to this point that I would make something so outrageous and so ambitious that... it'd be that Don Quixote feeling, that I'd have to tilt at a windmill. Sometimes you've got to do it. That's the only way you can do things. — Oliver Stone

Ambitious person quote Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at al
Life has a way of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.

Climbing is an artistic, creative thing; it's about being spontaneous, traveling, seeing the world, hanging out. It's a balance of setting goals while enjoying the process, being ambitious without being too competitive. — Chris Sharma

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and the ignorant believe to be liberty. — Fisher Ames

Angels in America' - which is composed of two three-hour plays, 'Millennium Approaches' and 'Perestroika' - proved to be a watershed drama, the most lyrical and ambitious augury of an era since Tennessee Williams's 'The Glass Menagerie. — John Lahr

I absolutely adore and idolise women. All women. I think they are all amazing. The female musicians I've met have been far more inspiring than the male ones. Women tend to be much more creative and ambitious. I think I may have been a woman in a past life. — Robert Plant

Ambition Quotes

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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

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

Remember that you will never reach a higher standard than you yourself set. Then set your mark high, and step by step, even though it be by painful effort, by self-denial and sacrifice, ascend the whole length of the ladder of progress. — Ellen G. White

Ambitious person quote Don't confuse my personality with my attitude... My personality is who I am, my
Don't confuse my personality with my attitude... My personality is who I am, my attitude depends on who you are...

Be realistic, demand the impossible! — Che Guevara

Hell is not a place you go if you're not a Christian, it's the failure of your life's greatest ambition. — Immortal Technique

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Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. — Timothy Leary

Ambitious person quote A strong person loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, perseveres...
A strong person loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, perseveres... No matter what life throws at them.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. — Cesar Chavez

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Ambition is priceless, its something that's in your veins. — Wale

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Ambition without principle never was long under the guidance of good sense. — Alexander Hamilton

I emphasize that I am full of ambition and hope and of full charm of life. But I can renounce all at the time of need, and that is the real sacrifice. — Bhagat Singh

High Ambition Quotes

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When routine bites hard, and ambitions are low. When resentment rides high, but emotion won't grow...and we're changing our ways, taking different roads. Love will tear us apart. — Ian Curtis

As Christians, I challenge you. Have a great aim - have a high standard - make Jesus your ideal...make Him an ideal not merely to be admired but also to be followed. — Eric Liddell

I finished my junior year of high school and flew out to Los Angeles. I didn't know the difference between a manager and an agent. But I got here and just started hustling and meeting anyone I could. — Jake Paul

Ambitious person quote A person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected.
A person who feels appreciated will always do more than is expected.

We must always set the bar high, otherwise we do not progress. — Kylian Mbappe

I always set my ambitions very high. You want to be the greatest athlete, but I realized that life is not about that. I was a little bit blind. — Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Let us see how high we can fly before the sun melts the wax in our wings. — E. O. Wilson

Ambitious person quote Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn.
Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer give a damn.

It’s just the game itself that drives me. I just want to be able to compete at a high level. — Kawhi Leonard

I see Macbeth as a young, open-faced warrior, who is gradually sucked into a whirpool of events because of his ambition. When he meets the weird sisters and hears their prophecy, he's like the man who hopes to win a million - a gamble for high stakes. — Roman Polanski

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles. — Karl von Clausewitz

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

Life Ambition Quotes

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We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts are filled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigor and have great goals, rising and aspiring to reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination. — Hassan al-Banna

What is your ambition in life today? Is it to get rich? Is it to make a name for yourself? Is it even to do some wonderful thing for God? Listen to me, beloved. The highest desire that can possess any human heart is a longing to see God. — J. Vernon McGee

Happiness is man's greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness. — Epicurus

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Life passes most people by while they're making grand plans for it. — George Jung

I want the finer things in my life, so I hustle. — 50 Cent

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My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil's most wanted list. — Leonard Ravenhill

Ambitious person quote Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should
Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.

All the people throughout my life who were naysayers pissed me off. But they've all given me a fervor; an angry ambition that cannot be stopped - and I look forward to finding a therapist and working on that. — Tobey Maguire

I told as much of my life as I could to encourage people: to encourage others to get to where they should be, where they want to be. — Folorunsho Alakija

My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition. — Yann Martel

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth. — Oliver Reed

Great Ambition Quotes

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By Gryffindor, the bravest were Prized far beyond the rest; For Ravenclaw, the cleverest Would always be the best; For Hufflepuff, hard workers were Most worthy of admission; And power-hungry Slytherin Loved those of great ambition. — J. K. Rowling

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

When Jesus is truly our Lord, He directs our lives and we gladly obey Him. Indeed, we bring every part of our lives under His lordship - our home and family, our sexuality and marriage, our job or unemployment, our money and possessions, our ambitions and recreations. — John Stott

Ambitious person quote Be the one who makes everyone feel like someone!
Be the one who makes everyone feel like someone!

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. — Mark Twain

Belief in oneself and knowing who you are, I mean, that’s the foundation for everything great. — Jay-Z

Always make your future bigger than your past. — Dan Sullivan

Ambitious person quote What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another eprson,
What you feel about another person, what you think or say about another eprson, what you do to another person - you do to you. Give judgement and criticism and you give it to yourself. Give love and appreciation to another person or anything, and you give it to yourself.

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

When people are inspired, they achieve more than they ever thought possible. — Michael Abrashoff

Dream big. There is nothing seen that wasn’t imagined. There’s no overnight success. You have to start by dreaming big and working towards your goal. — Folorunsho Alakija

How sweet the morning air is! ...How small we feel with our petty ambitions and strivings in the presence of the great elemental forces of Nature! — Arthur Conan Doyle

Ambitious Women Quotes

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I am naturally fond of adventure, a little ambitious, and a good deal romantic - but patriotism was the true secret of my success. — Sarah Emma Edmonds

Here you have an incredibly ambitious, accomplished woman who comes up against some of the same problems that women in power come up against today. Cleopatra plays an oddly pivotal role in world history as well; in her lifetime, Alexandria is the center of the universe, Rome is still a backwater. — Stacy Schiff

When men call women ambitious they mean pushy. — Liz Truss

Traditionally women have been more reticent to acknowledge their ambition and to say it with pride. So I like having people who work for us who are ambitious, engaged, respectful. Mis-hiring is a huge mistake. It's a tremendous opportunity cost throwing the position to the wrong person. — Ivanka Trump

We need to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We have to step up as women and take the lead. — Beyonce Knowles

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women. — Louisa May Alcott

If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted, there is practically nothing she can't do. — Helen Lawrenson

Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier. — Sheryl Sandberg

Other women who are killing it should motivate you, thrill you, challenge you and inspire you. — Taylor Swift

I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want. — Madonna Ciccone

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More Ambitious Person Quotes

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I am an ambitious person, but I am not ambitious in the sense that I want jobs only for the sake of them... I am here to do things I think are worthwhile. I am always careful that the political positions I take are consistent with good policy. I would not want to be prime minister of Australia at any price. — Malcolm Turnbull

You are not your bank account, or your ambitiousness. You're not the cold clay lump with a big belly you leave behind when you die. You're not your collection of walking personality disorders. You are spirit, you are love. — Anne Lamott

I think in the end, when you're famous, people like to narrow you down to a few personality traits. I think I've just become this ambitious, say-whatever's-on-her-mind, intimidating person. And that's part of my personality, but it's certainly not anywhere near the whole thing. — Madonna Ciccone

If you start from a belief that the most knowledgeable person on earth does not have even one percent of the total knowledge on earth, that shoots down social engineering, economic central planning, judicial activism, and innumerable other ambitious notions favored by the political left. — Thomas Sowell

I don't think I'd be happy if I were satisfied. I enjoy challenge, and I wouldn't say that I'm an ambitious person career-wise or financially, really. I would like to travel more comfortably, but that's really about all I need. — Jason Isbell

I think time management and dedication are the main factors along with being an organized person. To say I was highly ambitious would be an understatement. I'm never one to sit around, I always have to be creating in various facets to keep myself entertained. — Ashley Purdy

Once the rudiments of loyalty are in place, the ambitious have been inclined to work with them to promote their own political advancement, and they have availed themselves of the symbols of loyalty to mobilize popular support for their own personal ends. — Michael Waller

I'm a very driven, ambitious, positive person. But I'm a spiritual person as well. I believe in creative visualization. So for me to go to America - which I find such a positive place - well, I took to it like a duck to water. — Victoria Beckham

I'm an ambitious person. I mean, if I did that... I would self-destruct, in the sense that the decadence would be too strong an attraction for me. Whether that be in the form of gambling, fast cars, alcohol, drugs, whatever it happens to be... I think the lure of that lifestyle would be too strong. — James Packer

A person of mature years and ripe development, who is expecting nothing from literature but the corroboration and renewal of past ideas, may find satisfaction in a lucidity so complete as to occasion no imaginative excitement, but young and ambitious students are not content with it. They seek the excitement because they are capable of the growth that it accompanies. — Charles Horton Cooley

If we insist that public life be reserved for those whose personal history is pristine, we are not going to get paragons of virtue running our affairs. We will get the very rich, who contract out the messy things in life the very dull, who have nothing to hide and nothing to show and the very devious, expert at covering their tracks and ambitious enough to risk their discovery. — Charles Krauthammer

Every politician deep inside is authoritarian. If the person doesn't have ambition, that's not a politician. Society needs to put every ambitious, every effective politician into such a position that it helps - that this person helps improve society. That's why I'm always talking about need to change the system rather than should we go with Navalny or Gudkov or Yavlinsky or Khodorkovsky. We all have our ambitions. We're all ambitious people. — Mikhail Khodorkovsky

The amount of guilt you deal with as a parent is pretty profound. It's a constant balancing act. I'm an ambitious person, but when I became a father, ambition had a different hold on me. Providing for my kids was important, but the superficial ambition drifted away. — Jim Gaffigan

I feel a huge gratification out of being right. To see my projects connect in a way in which the audience is passionate is a huge compliment. For me it's like, if a person is ambitious enough, they run in a tunnel that doesn't end...And I learn things about myself all the time. — 50 Cent

I don't think I'm very much like the person I am on the show. I'm certainly not as ambitious; no, that's not true, I'm kind of ambitious. In a nice way. But there's a part of me. A lot of me. There's a lot of what I think is funny. — Samantha Bee

I don't have any interest in doing superhero franchise movies. I don't connect to the fantastic and I'm not a comic person, it's just not my thing, so I'm not looking in that direction - but ambitious films on a big scale I'm very interested in looking at. I'm interested in reality, I'm interested in people, so it's just about finding a project I'm interested in. — David Mackenzie

In the Republic Plato presents a theory of personality. ... He speaks of three faculties, the appetitive, the ambitious, and the rational. ... The most dangerous faculty according to Plato is the appetitive for it bonds the soul to the senses and the realm of sense objects. — Thomas McEvilley

I think you may judge of a man’s character by the persons whose affection he seeks. If you find a man seeking only the affection of those who are great, depend upon it he is ambitious and self-seeking; but when you observe that a man seeks the affection of those who can do nothing for him, but for whom he must do everything, you know that he is not seeking himself, but that pure benevolence sways his heart. — Charles Spurgeon

The companies we admire are like the people we admire: resilient, authentic, personable, collaborative, ambitious, and humble. — Roscoe Conkling

I'm a forthright person and I am ambitious and I do hope that I get to do more, interesting work but not at the expense of me not being who I am. — Jessica Clark

If this superstitious fear of Spirits were taken away, and with it, Prognostiques from Dreams, false Prophecies, and many other things depending thereon, by which, crafty ambitious persons abuse the simple people, men would be much more fitted then they are for civill Obedience. — Thomas Hobbes

Electra Heart is the antithesis of everything I stand for. And the point of introducing her and building a concept around her is that she stands for the corrupt side of American ideology, and basically that's the corruption of yourself. My worst fear - that's anyone's worst fear - is to lose myself and become an empty person. And that happens a lot when you're very ambitious. — Marina and the Diamonds

A Dream of Undying Fame is a probing, elegant and balanced book. Louis Breger shows how Freud’s traumatic childhood shaped his ambitious, detached and authoritarian personality, and led to the betrayal of his mentor, Josef Breuer. Breger’s analysis exposes a fascinating paradox: Freud both invented psychoanalysis and impoverished its development. A must-read for everyone interested in how ideas can change the world. — Brenda Webster

A person’s first duty, a young person’s at any rate, is to be ambitious, and the noblest ambition is that of leaving behind something of permanent value. — G. H. Hardy

You know, women in Hollywood, we don't get action franchises and superheroes. The rom-coms that made Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, and Reese Witherspoon stars are out of favor right now- nobody is making them. In this business, if you are an ambitious person, you don't wait for people to hand you opportunities. You have to make a way for yourself. — Elizabeth Banks

When ambition enters, creativity disappears - because an ambitious man cannot be creative, because an ambitious man cannot love any activity for its own sake. While he is painting he is looking ahead; he is thinking, 'When am I going to get a Nobel Prize?' When he is writing a novel, he is looking ahead. He is always in the future - and a creative person is always in the present. — Osho

[Kay] was not at all an unpleasant person really, but clever, quick, proud, passionate and ambitious. He was one of those people who would be neither a follower nor a leader, but only an aspiring heart, impatient in the failing body which imprisoned it. — T. H. White

Some persons can give themselves away to an ambitious pursuit and have that be all the giving-themselves-away-to-something they need to do. Though sometimes this changes as the players get older and the pursuit more stress-fraught. American experience seems to suggest that people are virtually unlimited in their need to give themselves away, on various levels. Some just prefer to do it in secret. — David Foster Wallace

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