Ambition Quotes And Sayings


Ambition Quotes And Sayings

Here is a collection of ambition quotes and sayings from various authors, celebrities, famous persons, and other sources compiled by for you to read and enjoy.

“Every man has his secret desire, I suppose, and mine is someday to own a farm.” 
– A.G. Street

“I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.” 
Abraham Lincoln

“A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.”
– Adous Huxley 

“His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.” 
– Aeschylus

“Anxiety is the handmaiden of contemporary ambition.” 
– Alain De Botton

“If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.” 
– Alan Lightman

“Too many people out there tell us what we can and cannot do but…they don’t know who we are, what’s put in us.” 
– Alex Rogers

“Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes,”
Alexander Pope

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

“The world looks very different to me now at twenty. I have outgrown my early opinions and ideals with my short dresses, just as Mrs. Walton said we would. Now the critics can say ‘Thou waitest till thy woman’s fingers wrought the best that lay within thy woman’s heart.” 
– Annie Fellows Johnston

“You will follow me, if we are what we are, you and I, if we live, if the world exists, if you know the meaning of this moment and can’t let it slip by, as others let it slip, into the senselessness of the unwilled and unreached.” 
– Ayn Rand

“There are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.”
– Barack Obama

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.”
– Barack Obama 

“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 

“Ambition — it is the last infirmity of noble minds.”
– Barrie, Sir James M.

“Housewife: a position requiring great ambition to fill. Must have the determination to scrub mold, the good taste to distribute a checking account, and the good will to repeat this at a maid service or department store after her husband starts coming home drunk.” 
– Bauvard

“Modern wife: A position thought to require great ambition to fill. After initially showing some skill at a maid service or department store, the husband takes her home to find that she has risen too high in the world to generalize that skill, which drives him to drink.” 
– Bauvard

“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 

“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 

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

“Ambition is not what man does… but what man would do.”
– Browning, Robert

“The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.”
– Carl Sagan 

“I’m either going to be a writer or a bum.” 
– Carl Sandburg

“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.” 
– Carl Von Clausewitz

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

“Ambition is to the mind what the cap is to the falcon; it blinds us first, and then compels us to tower, by reason of our blindness. But alas, when we are at the summit of a vain ambition, we are also at the depth of real misery. We are placed where time cannot improve, but must impair us; where chance and change cannot befriend, but may betray us; in short, by attaining all we wish, and gaining all we want, we have only reached a pinnacle where we have nothing to hope, but everything to fear.”
– Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon

“Once set fire to the train of a man’s ambition, and it will never cease to burn until it reaches the glittering “Catharine Wheel” by which he has been dazzled, or, failing that, has scorched the luckless aspirant to a cinder.”
– Charles William Day

Ambition is a “lucifer” applied to a barrel of gunpowder, the explosion of which, where it succeeds in blowing one man into a niche, dashes twenty to atoms.”
– Charles William Day

“Why do I do anything?’ she says. ‘I’m educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I’m so smart I can negate any dream.” 
– Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

“I was ambitious and desperate to direct my first film, so I capitulated and blew it. Never again. Never fucking again.” 
– Craig Ferguson

“An encouraged person will eventually get his drive from encouragement; he becomes more dependent. A person that never really receives encouragement learns to move out of spite; he becomes more independent.” 
– Criss Jami

“As long as I am breathing, in my eyes, I am just beginning.” 
– Criss Jami

“Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.” 
– Criss Jami

“The power of hope! Even a lack of ambition can, for a time, pay off as a necessary facet, as long as hope outweighs it.” 
– Criss Jami

Women rescue men just as much as, if not more than, men rescue women.” 
– Criss Jami

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