Sayings about Ambition

Meanness looks through one eye only, ambition is blind. ~ Russian Proverbs

He, who opens his heart for ambition, closes it for the rest. ~ Chinese Proverb

Ambition begets troubles. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Do not let big ambitions overshadow small successes. ~Saying

If you want to go up in the world, veil ambition with the forms of humanity. ~ Chinese Proverb

He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes. ~ Chinese Proverb

To feed the ambition in your heart is like carrying a tiger under your arm. ~ Chinese Proverb

Ambition and fleas jump high. ~ German Proverbs

The ambitious one makes friends with the elephant, and then tramples upon the ant. ~ Indian Proverbs

Every ambitious man is a captive and every covetous one a pauper. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

Ambition and revenge are always hungry. ~ Danish Proverbs

Ambition destroys its possessor. ~ Hebrew Proverb

False ambition serves the neck. ~ Egyptian Proverbs

After a rich man gets rich, his next ambition is to get richer. ~ American Proverb

A man with too much ambition cannot sleep in peace. ~ Chadian Proverbs

When ambition ends, happiness begins. ~ Hungarian Proverbs

Quotations about Ambition

Saying about Ambition

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back. ~ Ben Jonson

Ambition fortifies the will of man to become ruler over other men: it operates with deception, cajolery, and violence; it is the action of impurity upon impurity. ~ T.S. Eliot

Big results require big ambitions. ~ James Champy

Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

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 Quotes

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. ~ Henry Jackson van Dyke

Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law but its appetite. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Quotes

The modesty of certain ambitious persons consists in becoming great without making too much noise; it may be said that they advance in the world on tiptoe. ~ Voltaire

Don’t let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand. ~ William Feather

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires. ~ Benjamin Franklin Quotes

Ambition can creep as well as soar. ~ Edmund Burke

The ambitious deceive themselves when they propose an end to their ambition; for that end, when attained, becomes a means. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Beware ambition; heaven is not reached with pride; but with submission. ~ Thomas Middleton

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

To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being. ~ Sir John Lubbock

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

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds. ~ Christopher Marlowe

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. ~ Joseph Conrad

Take away ambition and vanity, and where will be your heroes and patriots? ~ Seneca

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. ~ Carl Edward Sagan

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy. ~ Charlie McCarthy

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking. ~ Edward Dahlberg

We frequently pass from love to ambition, but one seldom returns from ambition to love. ~ Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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 misery. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory end perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, of place, of ceremonial respects and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court. ~ Sir Philip Sidney

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

What is ambition? It is a glorious cheat! Angels of light walk not so dazzlingly the sapphire walls of heaven. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

Everyone has before his eyes an end which he pursues till death; but for many that end is a feather which they blow before them in the air. ~ Robert Nicoll

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune’s ice prefers to Virtue’s land. ~ John Dryden

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. ~ C. Archie Danielson

Few are unhappy than those who have great ambition, but little energy to urge it into activity. ~ Norman MacDonald

Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to achieve. Most people’s sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money. ~ Judith M. Bardwick

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favor cannot satisfy him. ~ Samuel Johnson

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

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable. ~ Joseph Joubert

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. ~ Sir Walter Scott

Ambition is the last infirmity of noble minds. ~ James Matthew Barrie

My ambition is not to be just a good fighter. I want to be great, something special. ~ Sugar Ray Leonard

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping. ~ Jonathan Swift

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

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. ~ Sir Henry Taylor

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principals which direct them. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. ~ William Lilly

The ambitious climbs up high and perilous stairs, and never cares how to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall. ~ Thomas Adams

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. ~ Buddha

Think. Think about your appearance, associations, actions, ambitions, accomplishment. ~ Thomas J. Watson

Ambition’s debt is paid. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

Ambition’s cradle oftenest is its grave. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go. ~ James R. Cook

Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue. ~ Quintilian

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability. ~ William Feather

Ambition has no rest! ~ Baron Lytton

A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm–it can creep, but it cannot fly. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of Fortune. ~ William Penn

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. ~ Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Ambition aspires to descend. ~ Pierre Corneille

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Ambition is not a vice of little people. ~ Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

When once ambition has passed its natural limits, its progress is boundless. ~ Seneca

Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Ambition if it feeds at all does so on the ambition of others. ~ Susan Sontag

I think my greatest ambition in life is to pass on to others what I know. ~ Frank Sinatra

Ambition is no cure for love! ~ Sir Walter Scott,

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions. ~ David Hume

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need. ~ Ben Jonson

Ambition is the mind’s immodesty. ~ Sir William D’Avenant

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. ~ William Shakespeare

Think not ambition wise, because ‘t is brave. ~ Sir William D’Avenant

No man is born without ambitious worldly desires. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune. ~ Jean de la Bruyere

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top. ~ Robert Burton

Which dreams indeed are ambition, for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. ~ William Shakespeare

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. ~ Salvador Dali

Ambition — it is the last infirmity of noble minds. ~ James M. Barrie

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment. ~ Thomas Otway

Ambition is a gilded misery, a secret poison, a hidden plague, the engineer of deceit, the mother of hypocrisy, the parent of envy, the original of vices, the moth of holiness, the blinder of hearts, turning medicines into maladies, and remedies into diseases. ~ Thomas Brooks

Ambition thinks no face so beautiful as that which looks from under a crown. ~ Sir Philip Sidney

Time is the only critic without ambition. ~ John Steinbeck

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition’s hands. ~ Lord Byron

If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now. ~ Mildred McAfee

It is observed by Cicero, that men of the greatest and most shining parts are most actuated by ambition. ~ Joseph Addison

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. ~ Samuel Johnson

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it. ~ Marcus Annaeus Seneca

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

I begin where most people end, with a full conviction of the emptiness of all sorts of ambition, and the unsatisfactory nature of all human pleasures. ~ Alexander Pope

Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities. ~ Frank Herbert

Ambition, madam, is a great man’s madness. ~ John Webster

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

The object of ambition, unlike that of love, never being wholly possessed, ambition is the more durable passion of the two. ~ Baron Lytton

If ambition doesn’t hurt you, you haven’t got it. ~ Kathleen Norris

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. ~ Pearl Bailey

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme, to be sublimely great, or to be nothing. ~ Thomas Southerne

Blood only serves to wash Ambition’s hands. ~ Lord Byron

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. ~ Thomas Dunn English

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. ~ Publilius Syrus

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen. ~ EMIL CIORAN

What is ambition but desire of greatness? And what is greatness but extent of power? ~ Sir Thomas Higgons

To appear unambitious amongst the ambitious is to invite loathing or fear. To be in the game, but not playing with intent to win, is to be the enemy. ~ Josephine Hart

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal; I had an ambition to build. ~ John D. Rockefeller

By low ambition and the thirst of praise. ~ William Cowper

Do not let big ambitions overshadow small successes. ~ Author Unknown

Ambition never comes to an end. ~ Yoshida Kenko

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. ~ Ambrose Bierce

Two men are equally free from the rage of ambition; are they therefore equal in merit? Perhaps not; one may be above ambition, the other below it. ~ Fluk Greville

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. ~ Oscar Wilde

Ambition is not what man does… but what man would do. ~ Robert Browning

I hope I shall have ambition until the day I die. ~ Clare Boothe Luce

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