Quotes About Ambition

Every man believes that he has a greater possibility.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.
Charles de Gaulle

As he was valiant, I honor him; but as he was ambitious, I slew him.
William Shakespeare

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.
Walter Savage Landor

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another’s fame.
Baltasar Gracian

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
Ben Jonson

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

A man’s worth is no greather than the worth of his ambitions.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
Jean de La Bruyre

Ambition hath no mean, it is either upon all fours or upon tiptoes.
George Savile

Ambition is the grand enemy of all peace.
John Cowper Powys

Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
Robert Browning

The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease.  The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison

Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

If Man, Ambition is the common’st thing:/ Each one, by nature, loves to be a King.
Robert Herrick

One often goes from love to ambition, but one rarely returns from ambition to love.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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



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