You never fail until you stop trying.
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.Oscar Wilde,"Phrases and Philosophies for the use of the Young", in The Chameleon (Oxford, December 1894).
I charge thee, fling away ambition; by that sin fell the angels.William Shakespeare, Henry VIII (1613), Act III, scene ii.
Full of hopes beyond their power though not beyond their ambition.Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (5th century BC), Book III, 39.
Ambition never comes to an end.Yoshida Kenk?, Tsurezure-Gusa (Essays in Idleness) (ca. 14th century).
Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.Benjamin Franklin, "On True Happiness", Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 November 1735.
Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.Henry Ward Beecher, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 11.
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