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I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition.

Tags: Aspire, Pick  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

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.

Tags: Idea, Mean  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

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

Tags: Cannot, Merit  ✍ Author: Eleanor Roosevelt

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

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.

Tags: Progress, True  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.

Tags: Failure, Last  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

Tags: Germ, Growth  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Tags: Fit, Virtue  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

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

Tags: Men, Politics  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

Tags: Sterner, Stuff  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.

Tags: Another, Knowledge  ✍ Author: Charles Babbage

The core character of Victorians is one of aspiration and ambition, and Victorians have, since first settlement days... demonstrated that core character over and over again.

Tags: Again, Character  ✍ Author: Ted Baillieu

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.

Tags: Often, Parent  ✍ Author: Hosea Ballou

I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition.

Tags: Free, Wish  ✍ Author: Tallulah Bankhead

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

Tags: Friends, Living  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.

Tags: General, Thinking  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

Tags: Creep, Soar  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls.

Tags: Fire, Souls  ✍ Author: Taylor Caldwell

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

Tags: Die, Great  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.

Tags: Greatest, Soul  ✍ Author: Edward Dahlberg

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Tags: Bird, Intelligence  ✍ Author: Salvador Dali

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.

Tags: Age, Wanted  ✍ Author: Salvador Dali

As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman.

Tags: Enjoyed, Great  ✍ Author: Lynn Davies

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.

Tags: Great, Men  ✍ Author: Benjamin Disraeli

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.

Tags: High, Stand  ✍ Author: Wayne Dyer
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Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

Tags: Path, Success  ✍ Author: William Eardley IV

The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise.

Tags: Movies, Often  ✍ Author: Roger Ebert

Am I ambitious? I used to be afraid of that word but now I think ambition is a good thing.

Tags: Afraid, Good  ✍ Author: Vera Farmiga

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.

Tags: Ability, Few  ✍ Author: William Feather

Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.

Tags: Far, Job  ✍ Author: William Feather

I knew I could sing. That one thing I did believe in was that I could sing, but then constantly getting rejected, it started to get me down. But my voice was always there and my dream and my ambition was always there when I went through bad times.

Tags: Bad, Dream  ✍ Author: Rebecca Ferguson

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.

Tags: Acting, Wanted  ✍ Author: Michael J. Fox

The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition.

Tags: Between, Character  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.

Tags: Great, Minds  ✍ Author: John Gavin

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?

Tags: Become, Men  ✍ Author: Vincent Van Gogh

Ambition is best tempered with self-knowledge!

Tags: Best, Tempered  ✍ Author: William Hague

A dream without ambition is like a car without gas... you're not going anywhere.

Tags: Car, Dream  ✍ Author: Sean Hampton

The incentive to ambition is the love of power.

Tags: Love, Power  ✍ Author: William Hazlitt

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.

Tags: American, Married  ✍ Author: Katharine Hepburn

What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan.

Tags: Fan, Wanted  ✍ Author: Katharine Hepburn

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.

Tags: Delusion, Illusion  ✍ Author: Derek Jarman

Ambition is sneered at by some bands. It seems like a pretty good thing to me.

Tags: Good, Pretty  ✍ Author: Alex Kapranos

Places like New York are just too intense, too much about money, too much about ambition; it's all too superficial for me.

Tags: Money, York  ✍ Author: Carmen Kass

Ambition never comes to an end.

Tags: End  ✍ Author: Walter Kaufmann

I didn't have the equipment for the regular world of being a lawyer. I didn't have the imagination for that. I did have a funny kind of ambition, but I didn't know where to put it.

Tags: Funny, Put  ✍ Author: Michael Lindsay-Hogg

My ambition was to be a record producer, and I had started doing that in the late '60s with my work with the MC5 and my friend Livingston Taylor.

Tags: Friend, Work  ✍ Author: Jon Landau

Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!

Tags: Power, Rest  ✍ Author: Walter Savage Landor

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked.

Tags: Avarice, Masked  ✍ Author: Walter Savage Landor

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition.

 ✍ Author: James Madison

I did not want to be depressed by the gap existing between my weakness and my ambition.

Tags: Between, Depressed  ✍ Author: Ella Maillart

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

Tags: Begins, Happiness  ✍ Author: Thomas Merton

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

Tags: Vice  ✍ Author: Michel de Montaigne

My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything.

Tags: Good, Job  ✍ Author: Ilie Nastase

I have no desire to play King Lear or Hamlet. I never had a grand ambition. I just followed my nose.

Tags: Desire, Nose  ✍ Author: Liam Neeson

I can't sing. Definitely no ambition in that area.

Tags: Definitely, Sing  ✍ Author: Corin Nemec

Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first.

Tags: Against, Parents  ✍ Author: Archie Panjabi

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition.

Tags: Sense, Sins  ✍ Author: Cesare Pavese

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave.

Tags: Destroy, Makes  ✍ Author: Alexander Pope

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.

Tags: Dream, Engine  ✍ Author: Elvis Presley

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.

Tags: Often, Parent  ✍ Author: Sean Quinn

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

Tags: Often, Times  ✍ Author: Sean Quinn

Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion.

Tags: Become, Moment  ✍ Author: Kimi Raikkonen

It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team's ambition.

Tags: Easy, Team  ✍ Author: Kimi Raikkonen

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.

Tags: Great, Small  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.

Tags: Respect, Secret  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.

Tags: Love, Often  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it.

Tags: Activity, Soul  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.

Tags: Others, Work  ✍ Author: John Ruskin

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

Tags: Human, Perfect  ✍ Author: Carl Sagan

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

Tags: Blood, Gratitude  ✍ Author: Aulis Sallinen

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.

Tags: Pride, Rather  ✍ Author: Albert Schweitzer

Time is the only critic without ambition.

Tags: Critic, Time  ✍ Author: John Steinbeck

I always had ambition. I always knew I was going to go to college. I could party and do that stuff, but I always got straight A's and a 4.0 and all that.

Tags: College, Stuff  ✍ Author: Miles Teller

The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.

Tags: Dinner, Next  ✍ Author: Taki Theodoracopulos

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

Tags: Her, She  ✍ Author: Mike Tyson

I've never looked ahead very much in my life. I've never had any grand plan from the outset. I had no burning ambition to do what I do.

Tags: Life, Plan  ✍ Author: Tracey Ullman

The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.

Tags: Beyond, Truth  ✍ Author: Peter Ustinov

The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us.

Tags: Beyond, Truth  ✍ Author: Peter Ustinov

I have an ounce of Lady Gaga's full-bodied ambition.

Tags: Lady, Ounce  ✍ Author: Rufus Wainwright

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.

Tags: High, Place  ✍ Author: Horace Walpole

The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn, been made the prey of ambition.

Tags: Mankind, Turn  ✍ Author: Mercy Otis Warren

Achievement results from work realizing ambition.

Tags: Results, Work  ✍ Author: Adam Ant

There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again.

Tags: Again, Ego  ✍ Author: Giorgio Armani

I wish I had a little more ambition. But then what would I do? Turn down more roles with more vehemence? Me no likey worky.

Tags: Turn, Wish  ✍ Author: Ellen Barkin

Ambition it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

Tags: Last, Minds  ✍ Author: J. M. Barrie

Ambition - it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

Tags: Last, Minds  ✍ Author: James M. Barrie

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.

Tags: Beauty, Goal  ✍ Author: Charles Baudelaire

I played football when I was little. I didn't want to be an actress at all, I wanted to be a majorette in an Australian circus. That was my ambition.

Tags: Football, Wanted  ✍ Author: Emmanuelle Beart

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

Tags: Men, Often  ✍ Author: A. C. Benson

My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.

Tags: Beautiful, Money  ✍ Author: Juliette Binoche

Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice.

Tags: Religion, Strong  ✍ Author: Georges Bizet

Maybe wanting to retire is my ambition.

Tags: Maybe, Wanting  ✍ Author: Brenda Blethyn

I had a burning ambition. Otherwise, I wouldn't have accomplished it.

Tags: Burning, Otherwise  ✍ Author: Claire Bloom

To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition for the sex to which I proudly belong and whose independence I shall defend until my dying day.

Tags: Great, Sex  ✍ Author: Rosa Bonheur

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.

Tags: End, Off  ✍ Author: Bono

May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition!

Tags: May, War  ✍ Author: Daniel Boone

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.

Tags: Love, Successful  ✍ Author: Jim Bouton

I've known people with exceptional talent - and some have wasted it. Ambition spurs a man on.

Tags: Known, Talent  ✍ Author: Geoffrey Boycott

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

Tags: Path, Success  ✍ Author: Bill Bradley

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.

 ✍ Author: Robert Browning

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