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Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
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.
The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs.
I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.
Where ambition ends happiness begins.
Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes.
Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.
Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.
To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.
Every child has great ambitions. As he grows, he is bombarded by negative suggestions -- you can't do this; you can't do that; be careful; look for security, and so on. Year by year, he experiences the realities of life, and his ambitions fade away. Figuratively speaking, most children die by the time they reach their adulthood.
Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.
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.
The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.
I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.
Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.
Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.
Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.
Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.
A slave has but one master. An ambitious man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
Ambition never comes to an end.
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.
He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.
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.
The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.
Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
I want to work with the top people, because only they have the courage and the confidence and the risk-seeking profile that you need.
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.
I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end.

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