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Quotes About Ambition

Ambition is the desire for personal achievement. Ambitious individuals strive to attain their goals. Below is a compilation of famous quotes and sayings relating to ambition. Do you have a favorite quote or quotes about ambition that you think others would enjoy? Let us know.


Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.  ~ Mark Twain


Ambition is the last refuge of failure.  ~ Oscar Wilde


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


A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions  ~ Marcus Aurelius


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


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


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.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.  ~ Albert Einstein


You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do.  ~ Henry Ford


Nothing arouses ambition so mush as the trumpet clang of another's fame.  ~ Baltasar Gracian


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


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be.  ~ Bob Dylan


To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.  ~ Samuel Johnson


You have to think anyway, so why not think big.  ~ Donald Trump


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


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


Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.  ~ Salvador Dalí


Every scarecrow has a secret ambition to terrorize.  ~ Stanislaw J. Lec


Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.  ~ Oscar Wilde


Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus.  ~ Susan Longacre


Ambition can creep as well as soar.  ~ Edmund Burke


Not failure, but low aim, is a crime.  ~ James Russell Lowell


Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.  ~ Walter Savage Landor


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


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


Ambition is destruction, only competence matters.  ~ Jill Robinson


Ambition, having reached the summit, longs to descend.  ~ Pierre Corneille


Ambition has its disappointmentsto sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us.  ~ Benjamin Franklin


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