189 Inspiring Quotes about Ambition

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Acting was a way out at first. A way out of not knowing what to do a way of focusing ambitions. And the ambition wasn’t for fame. The ambition was to do an interesting job.

— Harrison Ford

I have no ambition to change my nature, I merely intend to conquer my dislikes.

— Georges Bernanos, The Diary of a Country Priest

We have made it our overriding ambition to escape work, and as a consequence have debased work until it is only fit to escape from. We have debased the products of work and have been, in turn, debased by them.(pg. 43, “The Unsettling of America”)

— Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Money as the sole ambition has no value.

— Habeeb Akande

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

— Walter H. Cottingham

We should try to bring to any power what we have as women. We will destroy it all if we try to imitate that absolutely unfeeling driving ambition that we have seen coming at us across the desk.

— Colleen Dewhurst

Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope – and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future.

— Bob Riley

I’m nothing but my ambition to become more than the marionette others created me to be.

— Jennifer Megan Varnadore

I write flawed characters. Ones that do not always make the best decisions and are driven by ambition or lust. They are not black or white, they are in the large space that exists between.

— Kevin James Breaux

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 Van Dyke

Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.

— Aristotle, Politics

Every work of art is aggressive, Isabella. And every artist’s life is a small war or a large one, beginning with oneself and one’s limitations. To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunity.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Angel’s Game

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others.

— Alexander Hamilton

Very often ambition and entrepreneurial drive, in combination, beat brilliance.

— Edward O. Wilson, Letters to a Young Scientist

People who have NO ambition to make a difference in this life should not interrupt the people who DO.

— Tanya Masse

As most real writers do, he wrote because he had something to say, not because of any specific ambition to be a writer.

— James Hilton, Random Harvest

This is a woman whose belly is filled with pride. She has been eating nothing but her own ambition for nearly thirty years.

— Philippa Gregory, The White Queen

I am a storyteller, not a historian, and it’s my ambition to create something compelling – something unputdownable and riveting – that chimes with the real history but is, in fact, fiction.

— Sara Sheridan

Getting drunk with success and sick with ambition only leads to one route destruction!

— Olawale Daniel

I think there are lots of ways to exercise ambition and accomplish things using leadership without going into elected politics. So, categorically, I have no intention of going into elected politics. None.

— Chris Hadfield

Whatever success I may have attained is due to the fact that since I was old enough to work at all, my ambition has never deserted me.

— Anna Held

The natural ambition of woman is through marriage to climb up, leaning upon a man; but those days are gone. You shall be great without the help of any man, just as you are.

— Swami Vivekananda

My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I’ll do that. I will be free.

— Venus Williams

Besides(..), it’s a poor woman whose ambition is only to be loved.

— Sarah Perry, The Essex Serpent

I’m hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure.

— George W. Bush

Nippers was a whiskered, sallow, and, upon the whole, rather piratical-looking young man of about five and twenty. I always deemed him the victim of two evil powers — ambition and indigestion.

— Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

…there are more terrifying monstrosities in the world than Anthropophagi. Monstrosities who, with a smile and a comforting pat on the head, are willing to sacrifice a child upon the altar of their own overweening ambition and pride.

— Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist

My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and given the people a chance to know what real liberty means. And if I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly.

— Pancho Villa

The PM glanced a look of pure malevolence. A terrifying glimpse into what madness, ego and naked ambition it takes to lead a modern democracy.

— Alan Dean, Spaceship Over Vancouver

This general eclipse of ambition and determination and fortitude, all of the very qualities on which I have prided myself, is ridiculous, and, I must admit, somewhat obscene.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Evil, unlike good, is constantly at war with those most like itself, and ambition is its spur.

— John Connolly, The Infernals

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 Dalí

With ravenous passion and reckless ambition he forged his thoughts into words, obsessed with the notion that dying would not be the last thing he would do.

— Hubert Martin

Throughout my lifetime I’ve left pieces of my heart here and there. And now, there’s almost barely enough to stay alive. But I force a smile, knowing that my ambition far exceeded my talent.

— Johnny Depp

Travel is as much a passion as ambition or love.

— Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Romance and Reality, by L.E.L

People Power is too often an inverted fairy story – the triumph of innocence coming at the start and the Ugly Sisters of intrigue and ambition coming on stage in triumph for the final curtain.

— Mark Almond

I’m all for ambition and stretch goals. I set them for myself. But leadership isn’t the same as cheerleading. Believing in something is a necessary but absolutely insufficient condition for making it come true.

— Margaret Heffernan

Every dream, every hope, every ambition would have been true…. If only…. If only you were mine!

— Kiran Joshi, Beyond forever…in love

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

— Susan Sontag

When aspirations are perceived to be achievable, ambition and drive can erase excuses.

— Lorii Myers, No Excuses, The Fit Mind-Fit Body Strategy Book

Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along.

— Carroll Shelby

My ambition is not to leave behind me a pile of money for my heirs to quarrel about, but to find out what there is of interest in this world before I cross the border and begin to explore the other world.

— George H. Hepworth, Brown Studies, or Camp Fires and Morals

The ambition of men compels them to break even the most heartfelt vows.

— A.H. Septimius

Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns.

— Thomas Bulfinch

You are always a bishop with a ambition and second as a fisher.

— Deyth Banger

There has to be a way to redirect employee’s driving ambition and to channel it more productively. There is. Create heroes in every role. Make every role, performed at excellence, a respected profession.

— Marcus Buckingham

The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody, ‘ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.

— Frida Kahlo

Even if we’ve never been inside a synagogue or a mosque or a church—even if we have, and vowed never to go back—deep down in our striving hearts, beneath all the ambition and the fear, we suspect that we were made for a different sort of life.

— Heather Choate Davis, Elijah & the SAT: Reflections on a hairy old desert prophet and the benchmarking of our children’s lives

[I]t occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

— C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

Here at lastWe shall be free;the Almighty hath not builtHere for his envy, will not drive us hence:Here we may reign secure, and in my choiceTo reign is worth ambition though in Hell:Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven.

— John Milton

The mere ambition to write a poem is enough to kill it.

— Henri Michaux

To live in the shadow of another person…to desire to be adored as that person is….is the weakest ambition of all. Find yourself. Be loved as yourself.

— Faye Hall

I’m essentially the result of other people’s imagination. And that’s fine. Because of other people’s imagination, I’ve played parts I would never have thought I could do. Still, I’ve never had a hankering or an ambition for any particular role.

— John Hurt

No ambition which feeds on blood can be a worthy one

— Nilesh Rathod, Destiny of Shattered Dreams

Bring your dreams into reality. Believe in yourself. You know you have what it takes to make your dreams come true. Start now and work with ambition for total success. Aim high and make it happen.

— Mark F. LaMoure

Whether driven by ambition or circumstance, every career gets disrupted.

— Jay Samit, Disrupt You!: Master Personal Transformation, Seize Opportunity, and Thrive in the Era of Endless Innovation

We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.

— Sheryl Sandberg

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

— Helen Keller

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, Individuality From ‘The Gods and Other Lectures’

It was the only ambition I ever had – not to be a dancer or Hollywood movie star, but to be a housewife in a good marriage.

— Doris Day

Perhaps middle age is or should be a period of shedding shells the shell of ambition the shell of material accumulations and possessions the shell of the ego.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

If I can’t even protect my captain’s dream, then whatever ambition I have is nothing but talk! Luffy must be the man who becomes the Pirate King!Roronoa Zoro

— Eiichirō Oda

I have no ambitions at all! I have none… seriously. I want to be a good father. I want to be a good husband. I want to be a good son, a good brother, a good family member. I don’t have any ambition to direct a film or write a play. I like acting.

— Pilou Asbaek

A lot of the time, you see all this ambition from these black actors, and it’s just pouring off the screen. Because they don’t often get a chance to work, and when they do, they don’t usually get a chance to work with other black people.

— Elvis Mitchell

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.

— Jim Henson

Ambition’s ambition is immortality. To create an eternal legacy.

— Renzo Dante (Saligiare)

It is the age of ambition that proves the mettle of men

— José de Alencar

My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life.

— Natalie Massenet

Relax your fears, let your ambition take the wheel for a while; it’ll take you somewhere exciting that you’ve never been.

— Noel DeJesus

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 achieved.

— Helen Keller

It was Tigerstar’s ambition that destroyed him. If he had been willing to wait for power to come to him, he would’ve been the greatest leader in the forest.

— Erin Hunter, Outcast

I found that female pathfinders generally integrate characteristics commonly associated with being women – like the capacity to be intimate – with ‘male’ ones like ambition and courage.

— Gail Sheehy

Certainly the best times were when I was alone with mathematics, free of ambition and pretense, and indifferent to the world.

— Robert Langlands

In the professional world of leadership ambition and potential are the most excessive commodities.

— Noel DeJesus, 44 Days of Leadership

We refuse to despair of mankind. Without having the unreasonable ambition to save men, we still want to serve them.

— Albert Camus, The Plague

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

— Alexander Pope

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, Killosophy

Your ambition is the most reliable alarm clock.

— Faisal Khosa

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

Many people have the ambition to succeed they may even have a special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job there is no need to master themselves.

— John Stevenson

The voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Always bet on the underdog. They’ve got ambition and nothing to lose.

— Clint Borgen

The belief in their actions can mend constellations. The ambition in their thirst for knowledge can both create and destroy.

— F.K. Preston

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

— Orison Swett Marden

Women don’t take enough risks. Men are just ‘foot on the gas pedal.’ We’re not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap.

— Sheryl Sandberg

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If our mission is grand & our vision is glorious, we need great values that match our ambition or else, we toil in vain…

— Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.

— John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

Spending time with people without ambition is a self-destruction.

— Amen Muffler

Do not, for one second, allow people with closed minds and no ambition to make a difference in this life silence you or stop you from going above and beyond.

— Tanya Masse

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

— Thomas Merton

True ambition is trying to paint yourself out of a corner

— Josh Stern, And That’s Why I’m Single: What Good Is Having A Lucky Horseshoe Up Your Butt When The Horse Is Still Attached?

A lot of people see it as a kind of failure to stay in the place where you’re from, especially if you’re from the Midwest. Like ambition is geographic.

— Leah Stewart, The History of Us

Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am.

— Thomas Merton

Frog in the mud is happier than the man, because it has no ambition to reach the stars!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

All I would tell people is to hold on to what was individual about themselves not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own terms.

— Harrison Ford

Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice ambition envy anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is it ever thus, at the end of things? Does any woman ever count the grains of her harvest and say: Good enough? Or does one always think of what more one might have laid in, had the labor been harder, the ambition more vast, the choices more sage?

— Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing

The ambition of much of today’s literary theory seems to be to find ways to read literature without imagination.

— Charles Simic, The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.

— Niccolo Machiavelli

It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve.

— Mo Farah

The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.

— Habeeb Akande

But a reader’s ambition knows no bounds.

— Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

When a leader replaces the value of selfless service with selfish ambition they have officially regressed back into a boss.

— Noel DeJesus, 44 Days of Leadership

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what interests you and that you can do well and put your whole soul into it-every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

— John D. Rockefeller III

Everyone was willing to take some small risk to lessen the damage of their ambition and disorder and lawlessness.

— Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Groves, with his eye for sizing up people who could get things done, saw the deep ambition Oppenheimer covered with his surface charm.

— Garry Wills, Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State

An average person with average talent, ambition and education can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals.

— Brian Tracy

When ambition exceeds ability, you are going to experience hardship. We have the choice to fear it or embrace it.

— Kevin Jorgenson

I didn’t have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.

— Jodie Foster

Being kind is the most important thing I’ve ever been taught. That’s what my parents always told me – more important than ambition or success is being kind to people. The cornerstone of my life. What I aspire to is to be kind.

— Rafe Spall

Give your ambition a name.

— Clifford Cohen

Does any woman ever count the grains of her harvest and say: Good enough? Or does one always think of what more one might have laid in, had the labor been harder, the ambition more vast, the choices more sage?

— Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had and also the people I’ve had around me. I want to stay hopeful, even though I get scared about why we’re even alive at all.

— Lana Del Rey

There’s something very beautiful and compelling about someone who has ambition and someone who knows what they want, but it can get a little frustrating at times, so I understand that. I have sympathy for that.

— Michael Ealy

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 achieved.

— Helen Keller

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there.

— Jim Henson

Women cannot compete with men in physical prowess. And why in the name of all that is sane should we? Why not rather have our ambition go into sport for health, endurance, and the mere love of it?

— Michael Sokolove, Warrior Girls: Protecting Our Daughters Against the Injury Epidemic in Women’s Sports

‘Titanic’ made me want to tell stories… To have all these characters and costumes and have ambition and think big and have dreams… It came at a very troubled period of my life.

— Xavier Dolan

The message for all students should be: Put down the bong and get to work, because the number of curious, eager-to-learn peers around the world with the means and ambition to get a great college education is about to increase a thousandfold.

— Kevin Carey

I know what other people think about me, ” Rusty told her. “ ‘That Rusty, ’ they say. ‘Charming and handsome, ’ they say first, of course—they’re not blind. Then they add, ‘All the ambition and drive of a chocolate sundae.’

— Sarah Rees Brennan, Untold

All I would tell people is to hold on to what was individual about themselves not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find in on your own terms.

— Harrison Ford

Although Poets are vain and ambitious, their vanity and ambition are of the purest kind attainable in this world. They are ambitious to be accepted for what they altimately are as revealed in their poetry.

— Stephen Spender

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.

— Aldous Huxley

My ambition was to live like music.

— Mary Gaitskill

But ambition is a funny thing: it creeps in when you least expect it and keeps you moving, even when you think you want to stay put.

— Lena Dunham, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”

You can spend the rest of your life fighting to be respected, accepted and understood by the people you have created a life with or you can start living a life where that isn’t a daily goal and ambition in your relationship.

— Shannon L. Alder

Don’t allow ambition to rob you of destiny.

— Vonae Deyshawn, More Than: Abandon Your Labels, Embrace Your Calling

All I wanted to do was write – at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn’t need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.

— Paul Auster

Nothing arouses ambition so much as the trumpet clang of another’s fame.

— Baltasar Gracian

be much more friendly to such things that matter most .Things that will propel your vision and ambition to higher heights. Things that will help you enlarge your tentacles. Do not look down on small things however

— Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that’s still what I do: teach.

— Mike Krzyzewski

It is not my ambition to marry a white woman or swim in a white pool. It is political equality that we want.

— Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Coming from a small town, I didn’t have big dreams. My biggest ambition was to find a job for myself.

— Nawazuddin Siddiqui

My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.

— Juliette Binoche

Men of great ambition have sought happiness . . . and have found fame.

— Napoléon Bonaparte

As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.

— Johnny Depp

The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government.

— James K. Polk

The negative thoughts inside my head blown into a multiple rays of hope for my goals in life adding some motivated aspects of my ambition triggered my inner sanctum to prolong the basic human emotions.

— Fernando Lachica, OFW: This is My Life and Story

One needs more than ambition and talent to make a success of anything, really. There must be love and a vocation.

— Jessye Norman

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well and when you find it put your whole soul into it-every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

— John D. Rockefeller III

With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia. That’s why they’re playing first class cricket. It’s just a different attitude.

— Shane Warne

there is little difference between man and beast, but what ambition and glory makes.

— Margaret Cavendish

A woman today who has no goal, no purpose, no ambition patterning her days into the future, making her stretch and grow beyond that small score of years in which her body can fill its biological function, is committing a kind of suicide.

— Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

Any fool with ambition and heartlessness can be a ruler.

— Tomichan Matheikal, The Nomad Learns Morality

Suicide is a confession of failure. And like divorce, it is shrouded in excuses and rationalizations spun endlessly to disguise the simple fact that all one’s energy, passion, appetite and ambition have been aborted.

— Al Álvarez, The Savage God: A Study of Suicide

Any work done by a follower of Christ to the glory of God is “gold, silver, precious stones.” But if any follower of Christ works with any self-interest or personal ambition involved, it will be “wood, hay, and stubble” and will be burned.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

There are thousands of other women to choose from. You understand me? And this court runs on ambition alone.

— Cindy Pon, Fury of the Phoenix

There is no cure for ambition other than success.

— Matshona Dhliwayo

Success should be an ambition within the parameters of Purpose.

— Bidemi Mark-Mordi

Nobody in Colonial America, to be sure, believed that society owed every child the ultimate in education, but intelligence, industry, and thrift combined with ambition got many a poor man’s son into the colonial colleges.

— Louis B. Wright

God uses lust to impel men to marry ambition to office avarice to earning and fear to faith. God led me like an old blind goat.

— Martin Luther

The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations.

— Alva Myrdal

Erosion of corruption is ambition of a nation. Sow the revolution or go for contribution; if not, opt corroboration.

— Vikrmn, Corpkshetra

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

— Edmund Burke

Lincoln’s stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition – in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village.

— John George Nicolay

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

— Thomas Jefferson

It is indeed strange, given the heavy emphasis placed by chroniclers on Churchill’s sheer magnitude of personality, that the ingredient of pure ambition should be so much ignored or even disallowed.

— Christopher Hitchens, Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays

Let no pleasure tempt thee, no profit allure thee, no ambition corrupt thee, to do anything which thou knowest to be evil; so shalt thou always live jollily; for a good conscience is a continual Christmas.

— Benjamin Franklin

A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Having been alive it won’t be so hard in the end to lie down and rest.

— Pearl Bailey

What’s important is the ambition that results from our weakness.

— Sharon Creech, The Great Unexpected

For the Javanese…the purpose of knowledge (kaweruh) is love, not ambition or cleverness. Knowledge comes from caring enough to suffer and learn.

— Therese Walsh, The Last Will of Moira Leahy

I hope I shall have ambition until the day I die.

— Clare Boothe Luce

At last a lifetime ambition of mine to become a pimp was satisfied.

— Jack Woodford, The Autobiography of Jack Woodford

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.

— Alfred P. Sloan

Woe is the mind of the common man, so easily controlled by the prospect of an ambition never to be truly attained. This is what tyrants live on and by what commoners are blissfully burdened and subdued.

— Evan Meekins, The Black Banner

The greater your ambition for the health of the world, the more sinister, diabolical, complex, and threatening the resistance you will meet.

— Steven Franssen, Make Self-Knowledge Great Again

People with ambition don’t give a damn what other people think of them.

— Diane Setterfield

A dreamless sleep and a life without ambition are synonymous with death.

— Faisal Khosa

I didn’t start off as a journalist; I started off as a poet. My ambition was to practise poetry. Then I found journalism, but that other voice never fled from me.

— Ta-Nehisi Coates

We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Unjustified ambition kills value, Kills someone else’s desire to fly, Cuts their wings, sucks their air.If there is nothing else, it eats its own life.

— Dejan Stojanovic

The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.

— Roger Ebert

In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.

— George Bernard Shaw

Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act.

— Damien Echols, Life After Death

In the West, it was believed that attitude and ambition saved you. In Africa, we had learned that no one was immune to capricious tragedy.

— Alexandra Fuller

Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.

— Oscar Wilde

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

Premature satisfaction with half-success is a dream-killer of ambition , nobody should indulge in it.

— Osunsakin Adewale, The Hour of Temptation

It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because the is always the thought that everything might be done better and again

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

If ambition doesn’t hurt you you haven’t got it.

— Kathleen Norris

I have lost the consolation of faith/ though not the ambition to worship

— Forrest Gander

Great ambition without contribution is without significance. The Emperor’s Club

— Steve William Laible

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

— Thomas Carlyle

Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.

— Bryant McGill

The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well and when you find it put your whole soul into it-every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

— John D. Rockefeller III

Every success I have ever had or will have in the future comes not solelyfrom my own ambition and hard work, but also from those that have encouraged, supported and challenged me. Success is never, ever a one person job.

— T.S. Tate

Nick looked to the sky again, searching for a last glimpse of the shiny jet. ‘For us, maybe, but courtesy of Nina and her reckless ambition Ellie Wilding will remember this day for the rest of her life.

— Helene Young