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

 

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Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
~ Thomas Dunn English

 

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Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
~ Oscar Wilde

 

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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.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

 

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Ambition never comes to an end.
~ Yoshida Kenko

 

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Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
~ Jonathan Swift

 

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Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.
~ Salvador Dali

 

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Big results require big ambitions.
~ James Champy

 

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

 

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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.
~ Shall Sinha

 

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Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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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.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

 

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

 

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Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
~ Italian Proverb

 

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

 

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

 

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