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74 Ambition Quotes

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 Quotes

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Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Bill Bradley Quotes

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For all may have, If they dare to try, a glorious life, or grave.

George Herbert Quotes , Source: The Temple--The Church-Porch

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Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we would storm heaven itself in our folly. [Lat., Nil mortalibus arduum est: Coelum ipsum petimus stultitia.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (I, 3, 37)

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Drift-Wood--Table-Talk

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The man who seeks one thing in life, and but one, May hope to achieve it before life be done; But he who seeks all things, wherever he goes, Only reaps from the hopes which around him he sows A harvest of barren regrets.

Lord Lytton (Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton) ("Owen Meredith") Quotes , Source: Lucile (pt. I, canto II, st. 8)

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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.

Herbert N. Casson Quotes

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Big results require big ambitions.

James Champy Quotes

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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.

Laurel Cutler Quotes

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You are rewarding a teacher poorly if you remain always a pupil.

Friedrich Nietzsche Quotes

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

William Shakespeare Quotes

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On what strange stuff Ambition feeds!

Eliza Cook Quotes , Source: Thomas Hood

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No steps backward. [Lat., Vestigia nulla retrorsum.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Epistles (I, 1, 74)

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He was utterly without ambition [Chas. II.]. He detested business, and would sooner have abdicated his crown than have undergone the trouble of really directing the administration.

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes , Source: History of England (Character of Charles II) (vol. I, ch. II)

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Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

Jonathan Swift Quotes

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Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.

Buddha Quotes

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Ambition is the last refuge of failure.

Oscar Wilde Quotes

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When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to the second or even the third rank. [Lat., Prima enim sequentem, honestumn est in secundis, tertiisque consistere.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Oratore (I)

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The great refusal. [It., Il gran rifiuto.]

Dante ("Dante Alighieri") Quotes , Source: Inferno (canto III, LX), supposedly referring to Celestive V, elected Pope in 1294

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Be nice to people on your way up because you might meet 'em on your way down.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Absalom and Achitophel (pt. I, l. 198)

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The shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice A banner with the strange device, Excelsior!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Excelsior

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If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Regained (bk. II, l. 426)

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What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.

Robert Browning Quotes

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When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.

Kenneth Kaunda Quotes

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

Niccolo Machiavelli Quotes

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