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74 Ambition Quotes

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 Quotes

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Ambition has no rest!

Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, first Baron Lytton Quotes , Source: Richelieu (act III, sc. 1)

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By low ambition and the thirst of praise.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Table Talk (l. 591)

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On the summit see, The seals of office glitter in his eyes; He climbs, he pants, he grasps them! At his heels, Close at his heels, a demagogue ascends, And with a dexterous jerk soon twists him down, And wins them, but to lose them in his turn.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. IV, l. 58)

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But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.

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

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If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.

Elizabeth I Quotes , Source: Worthies of England (vol. I, p. 419), by Thomas Fuller, (written on window pane under words written

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They please, are pleas'd, they give to get esteem Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Traveller (l. 266)

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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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I strike the stars with by sublime head. [Lat., Sublimi feriam sidera vertice.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) Quotes , Source: Carmina (bk. I, 1)

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I see, but cannot reach, the height That lies forever in the light.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quotes , Source: Christus--The Golden Legend (p. II, A Village Church)

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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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Here may we reign secure, and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in Hell. Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 263)

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Such joy ambition finds.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 92)

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But what will not ambition and revenge Descend to? who aspires must down as low As high he soar'd, obnoxious first and last To basest things.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. IX, l. 168)

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Who know but He, whose hand the lightning forms, Who heaves old ocean, and who wings the storms, Pours fierce ambition in a Caesar's mind.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. I, l. 157)

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Oh, sons of earth! attempt ye still to rise. By mountains pil'd on mountains to the skies? Heav'n still with laughter the vain toil surveys, And buries madmen in the heaps they raise.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. IV, l. 74)

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Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if you had aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

F. Hawes Quotes

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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.

Judith M. Bardwick Quotes

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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.

Robert Burton Quotes

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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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The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

Marcus T. Cicero Quotes

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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.

Joseph Conrad Quotes

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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.

James R. Cook 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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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 Quotes

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