Quotes about Ambition

The slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many as can help in making his fortune. Jean de La Bruyere

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable. Joseph Joubert

All rising to a great place is by a winding stair. Francis Bacon

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

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. Sir Walter Scott

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

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

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

Ambition, old as mankind, the immemorial weakness of the strong. Vita Sackville-West

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues. Quintilian

The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords. F E Smith

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. Angela Carter

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin

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

Ambition, like love, can abide no lingering; and ever urgeth on his own successes, hating nothing but what may stop them. Sir Philip Sidney

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others. Susan Sontag

Ambition: n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living, and made ridiculous by friends when dead. Ambrose Bierce

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