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AMBITION
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[ Also see Achievement Applause Aspiration Desire Endeavor Enterprise Enthusiasm Expectation Fame Glory Hope Indolence Motive Progress Purpose Reputation Restlessness Success Wishes Youth Zeal ]

Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

They please, are pleas'd, they give to get esteem
  Till, seeming blest, they grow to what they seem.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 266)

Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
      - Baltasar Gracian (used pseudonym Lorenzo Gracian)

The path of glory leads but to the grave.
      - Thomas Gray

Ambition is torment enough for an enemy; for it affords as much discontentment in enjoying as in want, making men like poisoned rats, which, when they have tasted of their bane, cannot rest till they drink, and then can much less rest till they die.
      - Joseph Hall

O cursed ambition, thou devouring bird,
  How dost thou from the field of honesty
    Pick every grain of profit or delight,
      And mock the reaper's toil!
      - William Havard

All may have, if they dare try, a glorious life or grave.
      - George Herbert

For all may have,
  If they dare to try, a glorious life, or grave.
      - George Herbert,
        The Temple--The Church-Porch

What is ambition but desire of greatness?
  And what is greatness but extent of power?
      - Sir Thomas Higgons

The glorious frailty of the noble mind.
      - John Hoole

I strike the stars with by sublime head.
  [Lat., Sublimi feriam sidera vertice.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. I, 1)

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), Carmina
         (I, 3, 37)

No steps backward.
  [Lat., Vestigia nulla retrorsum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 1, 74)

If we look abroad upon the great multitude of mankind, and endeavor to trace out the principles of action in every individual, it will, I think, seem highly probable that ambition runs through the whole species, and that every man in proportion to the vigor of his complexion, is more or less actuated by it.
      - Thomas Hughes

Where ambition can be so happy as to cover its enterprises even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of all human passions.
      - David Hume

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.
      - David Hume

The cheat ambition, eager to espouse
  Dominion, courts it with a lying show,
    And shines in borrow'd pomp to serve a turn;
      But the match made, the farce is at an end;
        And all the hireling equipage of virtues,
          Faith, honor, justice, gratitude and friendship,
            Discharg'd at once.
      - Charles Jefferys (Jeffreys or Jeffries)

The cheat ambition, eager to espouse dominion, courts it with a lying show, and shines in borrowed pomp to serve a turn.
      - Lord Francis Jeffrey

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favor cannot satisfy him.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Ambition is a rebel both to the soul and reason, and enforces all laws, all conscience; treads upon religion, and offers violence to nature's self.
      - Ben Jonson

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
      - Ben Jonson

Ambition, like a torrent, never looks back.
      - Ben Jonson

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

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
      - Helen Adams Keller

A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.
      - Jean de la Bruyere


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