I will be satisfied if my epitaph shall be written thus: "Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, who only courted the low Ambition to have it said that he striven to ameliorate the condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color."thaddeus stevens
Ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
Ambition is but Avarice on stilts and masked.walter savage landor
Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes;The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods.Alexander Pope
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.oscar wilde
Ambition never comes to an end.Yoshida Kenk?, Tsurezure-Gusa (Essays in Idleness) (ca. 14th century).
"I couldn't afford to learn it," said the Mock Turtle with a sigh. "I only took the regular course." "What was that?" inquired Alice. "Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with," the Mock Turtle replied; "and then the different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision."Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter IX
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.The earliest attributions of this yet found are to it being a saying of William Scott, 1st Baron Stowell, in History of the Anti-Corn Law League (1853), by Archibald Prentice, p. 54; around 1876 it began to began to be cited to W. Scott, and then around 1880 sometimes to Walter Scott, but without citations of source, including a variant: "Selfish ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude" in a publication of 1907. It seems to only recently to have begun to be attributed to Sallust, on the internet.
What cannot praise effect in mighty minds, When flattery soothes, and when Ambition blinds!john dryden
A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his Ambition.john adams
May each of my grandsons know, at an early age, what his life's Ambition is -- and may he be successful in his pursuit of that goal.bette davis
It is my Ambition to be, as a private individual, abolished and voided from history, leaving it markless, no refuse save the printed books; I wish I had enough sense to see ahead thirty years ago, and like some of the Elizabethans, not signed them. It is my aim, and every effort bent, that the sum and history of my life, which in the same sentence is my obit and epitaph too, shall be them both: He made the books and he died.william faulkner
I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and Ambition and self-seeking and every thing that is contrary to God's law, the Holy Ghost will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit and Ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God; and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.dwight l. moody
It seems beyond the comprehension of people that someone can be born to draw comic strips, but I think I was. My Ambition from earliest memory was to produce a daily comic strip.charles m. schulz
The truth is really an Ambition which is beyond us.peter ustinov
Vain the Ambition of kingsWho seek by trophies and dead thingsTo leave a living name behind,And weave but nets to catch the wind.john webster
Advertisements are of great use to the vulgar. First of all, as they are instruments of Ambition. A man that is by no means big enough for the Gazette, may easily creep into the advertisements; by which means we often see an apothecary in the same paper of news with a plenipotentiary, or a running footman with an ambassador.joseph addison
The common faults of American language are an Ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.james fenimore cooper
Methinks I am like a man, who having struck on many shoals, and having narrowly escap'd shipwreck in passing a small frith, has yet the temerity to put out to sea in the same leaky weather-beaten vessel, and even carries his Ambition so far as to think of compassing the globe under these disadvantageous circumstances.David Hume
In all ages of the world, priests have been enemies to liberty; and it is certain, that this steady conduct of theirs must have been founded on fixed reasons of interest and Ambition. Liberty of thinking, and of expressing our thoughts, is always fatal to priestly power, and to those pious frauds, on which it is commonly founded; and, by an infallible connexion, which prevails among all kinds of liberty, this privilege can never be enjoyed, at least has never yet been enjoyed, but in a free government.David Hume
The relationship between Slobodan and Mira is very strong and quite pathological. Milosevic was intelligent enough, but Mira gave him the love for power, and the Ambition. She made him what he is.Slobodan Milosevic
The First thing that strikes a traveler in the United States is the innumerable multitude of those who seek to emerge from their original condition; and the second is the rarity of lofty Ambition to be observed in the midst of the universally ambitious stir of society. No Americans are devoid of a yearning desire to rise, but hardly any appear to entertain hopes of great magnitude or to pursue very lofty aims. All are constantly seeking to acquire property, power, and reputation.alexis de tocqueville
Wisdom is corrupted by Ambition, even when the quality of the Ambition is intellectual. For Ambition, even of this quality, is but a form of self-love.henry taylor
Full of hopes beyond their power though not beyond their Ambition.Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (5th century BC), Book III, 39.
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 cited in: Supervisory Management'. Vol. 1 (1955). p. 60
Wisdom is corrupted by Ambition, even when the quality of the Ambition is intellectual. For Ambition, even of this quality, is but a form of self-love…Wisdom.
The whole life is a succession of dreams. My Ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.Swami Vivekananda, in a letter from New York to Mary Hale (10 February 1896), in Complete Works, 5.100.
If the artist is necessarily sensitive, does that sensitiveness form in its essence a state constantly liable to shade off into the morbid? Does this liability, moreover, increase in proportion as the effort is great and the Ambition intense?"The Journal of the Brothers de Goncourt," Fortnightly Review (October 1888)
When he says that in that day all his thoughts perish, or flow away, perhaps under this expression he censures the madness of princes in setting no bounds to their hopes and desires, and scaling the very heavens in their Ambition, like the insane Alexander of Macedon, who, upon hearing that there were other worlds, wept that he had not yet conquered one, although soon after the funeral urn sufficed him.John Calvin, in his interpretation of Psalm 146 in On The Book Of Psalms (1557) as translated by Rev. James Anderson (1849)
I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting Ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on the other.Macbeth, Scene VII