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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.
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Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
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All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
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Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
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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.
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What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.
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'Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!
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Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
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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.
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Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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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.
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He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
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As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.
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The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
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Big results require big ambitions.
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When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
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The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
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I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.
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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.
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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.
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Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
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Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
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It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
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Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
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Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
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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.
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The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
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I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
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Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
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Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.
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I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.
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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.
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He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
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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.
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We grow small trying to be great.
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Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
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When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
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Ambition never comes to an end.
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A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
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He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
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Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
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Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
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Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
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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.
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Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
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Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
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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.
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Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
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If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
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Ambition is not a vice of little people.
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A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
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Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
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The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
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Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
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When ambition ends, happiness begins.
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Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
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Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
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I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
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The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.
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Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
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It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
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Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
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It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.
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The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
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As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
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Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
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To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
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Every child has great ambitions. As he grows, he is bombarded by negative suggestions -- you can't do this; you can't do that; be careful; look for security, and so on. Year by year, he experiences the realities of life, and his ambitions fade away. Figuratively speaking, most children die by the time they reach their adulthood.
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Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
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Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
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There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.
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Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
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If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
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Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
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So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
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Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. [The Root Of The Righteous]
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Keep away from small 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.
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Where ambition ends happiness begins.
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I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.
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Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
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Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
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