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.
He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man, by one lower than himself.
When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
The desire to reach hearts is wise
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
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
I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
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.
Ambition it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself And falls on the other side
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.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.
The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.
The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed, you must have a larger ambition.
It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.
Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.
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