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Big results require big ambitions.

Author: James Champy

Profession: American Author and International Management Consultant

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

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.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

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.

Author: Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Profession: Polish-born British Novelist

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.

Author: James R. Cook (1728-1779)

Profession: British Navigator

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.

Author: Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929)

Profession: American Sociologist

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.

Author: Laurel Cutler

Profession: American Business Executive

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.

Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)

Profession: American Author, Critic

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.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Author: C. Archie Danielson


Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.

Author: Sir John Denham (1615-1668)

Profession: British Poet, Dramatist

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.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

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.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.

Author: Thomas Dunn English (1819-1902)

Profession: American Physician, Lawyer