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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.

Author: Judith M. Bardwick

Profession: American Academic

Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Profession: British Playwright

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

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 principals which direct them.

Author: Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Profession: French General, Emperor

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

'Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

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.

Author: Robert Burton (1576-1640)

Profession: British Clergyman, Scholar

As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

Author: Herbert N. Casson

Profession: American Author