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Ambition, not so much for vulgar ends, but for fame, glints in every mind.
Sir Winston Churchill

All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger, but calculating risk and
acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength
to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
Oscar Wilde

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an
Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend.
Katharine Hepburn

My main ambition as a gardener is to water my orange trees with gin, then all I have to do
is squeeze the juice into a glass.
W. C. Fields

A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man's attention and to inflame his ambition.
John Adams

It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during
all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey.
Robert G. Ingersoll

False ambition serves the neck.
Egyptian proverb

It was my ambition all my life to be master of the spoken word.
Sir Winston Churchill

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped
him get his fortune.
Wilson Mizner

If a person has ambition, things will be accomplished.
Chinese proverb

You are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the
effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn't making you
stronger, they're making you weaker.
Tim Ferriss

A strength to harm is perilous in the hand of an ambitious head.
Elizabeth I

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 principles which direct them.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Inspiration follows aspiration.
Rabindranath Tagore

My ambition is handicapped by laziness.
Charles Bukowski

To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty;
to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; and to forgo even
ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?
William Makepeace Thackeray

Well it is known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
Maya Angelou

Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.
Ronald Reagan

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and
suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success
Helen Keller

My only ambition in life is to wear size 28 jeans.
Karl Lagerfeld

At least eighty percent of millionaires are self-made. That is, they started with nothing but
ambition and energy, the same way most of us start.
Brian Tracy

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
Thomas Jefferson

All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires,
slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will
make him happy.
C. S. Lewis

How far, alas, do man's endeavours fall short in practice of his aspirations!
Sir Winston Churchill

By faithfully working eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve
hours a day.
Robert Frost

In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do
is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Theodore Roosevelt

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What
you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.
Alan Alda

Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.
Criss Jami

It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It
is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
Anthony Trollope

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
Washington Irving

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye
fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.
Dag Hammarskjold

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