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When ambition ends, happiness begins.

Author: Hungarian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Hungarian Origin

Hasty climbers have sudden falls.

Author: Italian Proverb

Profession: Sayings of Italian Origin

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.

Author: Edgar Quinet (1803-1875)

Profession: French Poet, Historian, Politician

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.

Author: John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)

Profession: American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Founder Exxon

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.

Author: John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937)

Profession: American Industrialist, Philanthropist, Founder Exxon

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.

Author: Kenny Rogers

Profession: American Country Singer, Actor

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.

Author: Sallust

Profession: Roman Historian

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.

Author: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

Author: Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Profession: British Author, Courtier

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.

Author: Shall Sinha

Profession:

Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist