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  Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.  
 -  American proverb
  

  To rise high, conceal ambition.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Caution is the downfall to ambition.  
 -  American proverb
  

  False ambition serves the neck.  
 -  Egyptian proverb
  

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

  Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  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
  

  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
  

  Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.  
 -  Bob Marley
  

  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
  

  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
  

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

  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
  

  The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.  
 -  Carl Sagan
  

  My ambition is handicapped by laziness.  
 -  Charles Bukowski
  

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

  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
  

  Get going. Move forward. Aim high. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.  
 -  Donald Trump
  

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

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

  Attach yourself to what is spiritually superior, regardless of what other people think or do. Hold to your true aspirations no matter what is going on around you.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.  
 -  Evan Esar
  

  I think my greatest ambition in life is to pass on to others what I know.  
 -  Frank Sinatra
  

  It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a whole book - what everyone else does not say in a whole book.  
 -  Friedrich Nietzsche
  

  I had no ambition when I was a kid other than to play guitar and get in a rock 'n' roll band. I don't really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front. Like in the Beatles, I was the one who kept quiet at the back and let the other egos be at the front.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  The ambitious are criticized by those that have given up.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  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
  

  There is a loftier ambition than to stand high in the world - it is to step down and lift mankind a little higher.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

  I had no ambition when I was a kid other than to play guitar and get in a rock 'n' roll band. I don't really like to be the guy in the white suit at the front. Like in the Beatles, I was the one who kept quiet at the back and let the other egos be at the front.  
 -  George Harrison
  

  The ambitious are criticized by those that have given up.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  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
  

  There is a loftier ambition than to stand high in the world - it is to step down and lift mankind a little higher.  
 -  Henry van Dyke
  

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

  To do something, however small, to make others happier and better, is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope, which can inspire a human being.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

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

  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
  

  A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.  
 -  Marcus Aurelius
  

  Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night - there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.  
 -  Marilyn Monroe
  

  Keep away from 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.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

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

  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
  

  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 biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition.  
 -  Rabindranath Tagore
  

  Inspiration follows aspiration.  
 -  Rabindranath Tagore
  

  Of course I'm ambitious. What's wrong with that? Otherwise you sleep all day.  
 -  Ringo Starr
  

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

  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
  

  Criticism is the price of ambition.  
 -  Robin Sharma
  

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

  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 Dali
  

  Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.  
 -  Salvador Dali
  

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

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

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

  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
  

  I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.  
 -  Thomas Carlyle
  

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

  Finally I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already have surpassed myself.  
 -  Thomas Merton
  

  Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations that go along with any goal. Realistic goals, goals restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first or second problem, at which point you throw in the towel.  
 -  Tim Ferriss
  

  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
  

  Self-discipline is the the ability to funnel our desires and passions in a productive direction, for a sustained period of time in order to achieve our goals. It is the connective tissue that links ambition with achievement.  
 -  Tommy Newberry
  

  Females these days really need to search for a man with goals and ambition because 10 years from now 'Swag' isn't going to pay your bills...  
 -  Unknown
  

  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
  

  Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.  
 -  Washington Irving
  

  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
  

  Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

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