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Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Big results require big ambitions.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to achieve. Most people's sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
We grow small trying to be great.
Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
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.
The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment. [The Root Of The Righteous]
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
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.
As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.
The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
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 is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

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