Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Be realistic, demand the impossible!
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
Great minds have purposes; others have wishes.
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.
Big results require big ambitions.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.
Someone said to me, 'If fifty percent of the experts in Hollywood said you had no talent and should give up, what would you do?' My answer was then and still is, 'If a hundred percent told me that, all one hundred percent would be wrong.'
We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
To endure is greater than to dare; to tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted my no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it; to go through intrigue spotless; to forgo even ambition when the end is gained - who can say this is not greatness?
But 'tis common proof, that lowliness is young ambition's ladder, whereto the climber-upward turns his face; but when he once attains the upmost round, he then turns his back, looks in the clouds, scorning the vase defrees by which he did ascend.
Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.
The passion of self-aggrandizement is persistent but plastic; it will never disappear from a vigorous mind, but may become morally higher by attaching itself to a larger conception of what constitutes the self.
Nothing arouses ambition so much in the heart as the trumpet-clang of another's fame.
Dreams, indeed, are ambition; for the very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. And I hold ambition of so airy and light a quality that it is but a shadow's shadow.
To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court
How like a mounting devil in the heart rules the unreined ambition.
I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.
People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think of them.
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