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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.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

The ambitious are forever followed by adulation for they receive the most pleasure from flattery.

Author: Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)

Profession: Anglo-Irish Author, Poet, Playwright

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.

Author: Angus Grossart

Profession: American Business Executive

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

I shall strike the stars with my unlifted head.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

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.

Author: David Hume (1711-1776)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Historian

He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

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.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

We grow small trying to be great.

Author: Eli Stanley Jones (1884-1973)

Profession: American Missionary

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.

Author: Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

Profession: French Moralist

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.

Author: Kenneth Kaunda (1924)

Profession: Zambian Politician, President

Ambition never comes to an end.

Author: Yoshida Kenko


A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk.

Author: Lao-Tzu

Profession: Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism, Author of the ''Tao Te Ching''