Quotes with ambition
I was a hostess at Hooters, and that was sort of fun. I was 17, and then when I was 18, I waited [tables] for about a month. I wasn't cut out to be a waitress, and I certainly wasn't cut out to be a Hooters waitress. That was a short-lived ambition. Everyone would agree, if they could see me, Hooters isn't necessarily the best way to describe me.
The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
People resort to violence out of ambition or grievance, and the more powerful they are, the more violence they seem to commit,
Partisanship and ambition is not unusual in this state Capitol, but here in Texas, right now it has risen to a level of profound irresponsibility and the raw abuse of power.
June 25, 2013
Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion.
The Art of Loving (1956)
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
History is essential to wisdom and statesmanship. It teaches the young the virtues of freedom. By apprising them of the past it will enable them to judge the future; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise and knowing it, to defeat its views.
It seems a great hardship, indeed, for a young man with an ambition to do something in the world to be compelled to pay his own way through school and college by hard work. But history shows us that the men who have led in the van of human progress have been, as a rule, self-educated, self-made.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Moderation cannot have the credit of combating and subduing ambition,—they are never found together. Moderation is the languor and indolence of the soul, as ambition is its activity and ardor.
The ambitious deceive themselves when they propose an end to their ambition; for that end, when attained, becomes a means.
Those whom the world has delighted to honor have oftener been influenced in their doings by ambition and vanity than by patriotism.
What seems generosity is often disguised ambition, that despises small to run after greater interests.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Wisdom is corrupted by ambition, even when the quality of the ambition is intellectual. For ambition, even of this quality, is but a form of self-love…
Notes from Life (1853)
Where there are large powers with little ambition (which will happen sometimes, though seldom) nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.