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Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.

Author: William Lilly


Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892)

Profession: American Poet

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime . Not failure, but low aim is crime.

Author: James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

Profession: American Poet, Critic, Editor

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.

Author: Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913)

Profession: British Statesman, Banker, Naturalist

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

Nature that framed us of four elements, warring within our breasts for regiment, doth teach us all to have aspiring minds.

Author: Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Profession: British Dramatist, Poet

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.

Author: Mildred Mcafee


Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.

Author: Charlie McCarthy


If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.

Author: Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Profession: American Author

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

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.

Author: George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)

Profession: American Critic

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.

Author: Thomas Otway (1652-1685)

Profession: British Dramatist

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.

Author: William Penn (1644-1718)

Profession: British Religious Leader, Founder of Pennsylvania

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.

Author: Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

Profession: British Poet, Critic, Translator