Quotes for
the Journey:

Ambition


  

Ambition is like hunger;
it obeys no law but its appetite.

Henry Wheeler Shaw

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of humankind.       -Joseph Conrad
   

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

   

It is the nature of ambition to make people 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.       -Sallust

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

Noble people compare and estimate themselves by an idea which is higher than themselves; and a mean person, by one lower than him- or herself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar person aspires.       -Henry Ward Beecher

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

   

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.       -Henry Taylor

   

There is another more subtle way in which the innocence of childhood is lost: when the child is infected with the desire to become somebody. Contemplate the crowds of people who are striving might and main to become, not what Nature intended them to be-- musicians, cooks, mechanics, carpenters, gardeners, inventors-- but "somebody":  to become successful, famous, powerful; to become something that will bring not quiet and self-fulfillment, but self-glorification and self-expansion.       -Tony deMello

    

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

   

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

    
Beware of ambition!  It's one of the true double-edged swords. . . . depending upon how we define it, it may be one of our great motivators that helps us to grow and learn and become who we're meant to be, or one of our great destroyers that holds us down and turns us into something we never imagined, in our worst nightmares, that we ever would become as human beings.       -tom walsh
    
It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is produced in the world.      -William Cobbett
   

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

   
It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.       -Seneca
   
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.       -Oscar Wilde
    

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

    

We grow small trying to be great.       -E. Stanley Jones

   

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Seek happiness in tranquility and avoid ambition even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.     -Mary Shelley
  
There was no more dangerous kind of madman than one who devoted a good brain and a courageous heart to unhealthy ambitions.     -Michael Moorcock, The City in the Autumn Stars
  
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
  
If people hold no ambitions in this world, they suffer unknowingly.  If people hold ambitions, they suffer knowingly, but very slowly.     -Alan Lightman, Einstein's Dreams
  
People who are intelligently ambitious are always looking at the wider picture.  They look for opportunities to contribute.  They look for what needs to be done.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
The biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition.     -Rabindranath Tagore
  
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.     -Salvador Dalí
  
Yes, the truth is that people's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.     -Aristotle, Politics
  
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.  The desire to reach hearts is wise.     -Maya Angelou
  
Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions.  I'm so glad I have such a lot.  And there never seems to be any end to them--that's the best of it.  Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still.  It does make life so interesting.     -Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
  

   

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