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Ambition quotes (93)

To every man his chance to every man regardless of his birth his shining golden opportunity to every man the right to live to work to be himself and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him this seeker is the promise of America.
Thomas Clayton Wolfe   Category: Ambition

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Category: Ambition

America has believed that in differentiation not in uniformity lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness and it has prospered.
Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis   Category: Ambition

Americans never quit.
General Douglas MacArthur   Category: Ambition

Ninety-eight percent of the adults in this country are decent hardworking honest Americans. Its the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then we elected them.
Lily Tomlin   Category: Ambition

In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.
Baba Dioum   Category: Ambition

America! half-brother of the world! With something good and bad of every land.
Philip James Bailey   Category: Ambition

If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
Henry Miller   Category: Ambition

Driven from every corner of the earth freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.
Samuel Adams   Category: Ambition

Ah but a mans reach should exceed his grasp Or whats a heaven for?
Robert Browning   Category: Ambition

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
Herbert N. Casson   Category: Ambition

The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
King Edward VIII of England   Category: Ambition

I am willing to love all mankind except an American.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Ambition

I have no use for adventures. Theyre nasty disturbing things that make you late for dinner.
Theodore Bilbo   Category: Ambition

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Ambition

As Mankind becomes more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
George Washington   Category: Ambition

Ambition - A lust that is never quenched grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
Thomas Otway   Category: Ambition

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball the rules and realities of the game.
Jacques Barzun   Category: Ambition

I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being and seems to make the days work like a happy child at play.
Albert Einstein   Category: Ambition

Nothing is so commonplace as to wish to be remarkable.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.   Category: Ambition

Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
Lewis Mumford   Category: Ambition

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake   Category: Ambition

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

I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Ambition

What a pity when Christopher Colombus discovered America that he ever mentioned it.
Margot Tennant Asquith   Category: Ambition

Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.
General George Smith Patton Jr.   Category: Ambition

The slave has but one master the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.
Jean de La Bruyere   Category: Ambition

All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Joseph Conrad   Category: Ambition

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.
George Santayana   Category: Ambition

The American's Creed adopted by the House of Representatives April 3 1918 I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people by the people for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom; equality justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it to support its Constitution to obey its laws to respect its flag and to defend if against all enemies.
William Tyler Page   Category: Ambition

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.
Benjamin Franklin   Category: Ambition

The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
William Penn   Category: Ambition

Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself and yearns for the impossible.
Eric Hoffer   Category: Ambition

It was we the people; not we the white male citizens; nor yet we the male citizens; but we the whole people who formed the Union.
Susan Brownell Anthony   Category: Ambition

Ideals are the incentive payment of practical men. The opportunity to strive for them is the currency that has enriched America through the centuries.
Robert E. Hannegan   Category: Ambition

Plow deep while sluggards sleep.
Unknown   Category: Ambition

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
Booker T. Washington   Category: Ambition

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.
Edgar Bergen   Category: Ambition

The big majority of Americans who are comparatively well off have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.
Gunnar Myrdal   Category: Ambition

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

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing.
Gamel Abdel Nasser   Category: Ambition

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Thomas English   Category: Ambition

Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans born in this century tempered by war disciplined by a hard and bitter peace proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed and to which we are committed today at home and around the world!
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Ambition

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
Thomas Alva Edison   Category: Ambition

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII Duke of Windsor   Category: Ambition

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
Georges Clemenceau   Category: Ambition

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but wont cross the street to vote in a national election.
Bill Vaughan   Category: Ambition

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
Mary Ellen Kelly   Category: Ambition

The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
Walt Whitman   Category: Ambition

It was wonderful to find America but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.
Mark Twain   Category: Ambition

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.
Gaius Sallustius Crispus Sallust   Category: Ambition

I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Daniel Webster   Category: Ambition

Children you must remember something. A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.
Pearl Mae Bailey   Category: Ambition

Races didnt bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted self-declared self-created People in the history of the world.
Archibald MacLeish   Category: Ambition

America is great because she is good and if America ever ceases to be good America will cease to be great.
Charles Alexis Henri Clerel de Tocqueville   Category: Ambition

Ambition is an idol on whose wings Great minds are carried only to extreme; To be sublimely great or to be nothing.
Robert Southey   Category: Ambition

The American people are very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness with the possible exception of stupidity.
Will Rogers   Category: Ambition

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.
Proverb   Category: Ambition

Slight not whats near when aiming at whats far.
Euripides   Category: Ambition

There are two kinds of failures: The man who will do nothing he is told and the man who will do nothing else.
Dr. Perle Thompson   Category: Ambition

But America is a great unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow. It is like a large Fleet sailing under Convoy. The fleetest Sailors must wait for the dullest and slowest. Like a Coach and sixthe swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened that all may keep an even Pace.
John Adams   Category: Ambition

Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Ambition

Good Americans when they die go to Paris.
Oliver Wendell Holmes   Category: Ambition

Ambition is like love impatient both of delays and rivals.
John Denham   Category: Ambition

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
General Dwight David Eisenhower   Category: Ambition

Americans will put up with anything provided it doesnt block traffic.
Dan Rather   Category: Ambition

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of Ambition that it never looks behind it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Ambition

Ambition is a vice which often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
Jonathan Swift   Category: Ambition

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class middle class and lower middle class.
Judith Martin   Category: Ambition

Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Ambition

For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle bustle bustle and rush rush rush we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows just waiting.
Robert Charles Benchley   Category: Ambition

Men of few words are the best men.
William Shakespeare   Category: Ambition

If [America] forgets where she came from if the people lose sight of what brought them along if she listens to the deniers and mockers then will begin the rot and dissolution.
Carl Sandburg   Category: Ambition

Perhaps after all America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Ambition

If you wish to reach the highest begin at the lowest.
Publilius Syrus   Category: Ambition

There is America which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners yet shall before you taste of death show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
Edmund Burke   Category: Ambition

Americas one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.
Bobcat Goldthwaite   Category: Ambition

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes American what it is.
Gertrude Stein   Category: Ambition

An Englishman thinks seated; a Frenchman standing; an American pacing; an Irishman afterward.
   Category: Ambition

I have made a plan for my life as I am in my teens and no more a child. I am old for my age and don't care much for girls things. People think Im wild and queer; but mother understands and helps me. I have not told anyone about my plans but I am going to be good.... Now Im going to work really for I feel a desire to improve and be a help and comfort not a care and sorrow to my dear mother.
Louisa May Alcott   Category: Ambition

It is a good idea to be ambitious to have goals to want to be good at what you do but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.
Robert Solow   Category: Ambition

They build too low who build beneath the skies.
Edward Young   Category: Ambition

UN-AMERICAN adj. Wicked intolerable heathenish.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce   Category: Ambition

The Americans will always do the right thing ... after theyve exhausted all the alternatives.
Sir Winston Churchill   Category: Ambition

We can have no 50-50 allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else or he is not an American at all.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Ambition

I think very much of the people as an old friend said he thought of woman. He said when he lost his first wife who had been a great help to him in his business he thought he was ruined that he could never find another to fill her place. At length however he married another who he found did quite as well as the first and that his opinion now was that any woman would do well who was well done by. So I think of the whole people of this nation they will ever do well if well done by. We will try to do well by them in all parts of the country North and South with entire confidence that all will be well with all of us.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Ambition

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne   Category: Ambition

I will never apologize for the United States of America I don't care what the facts are. Said after Vincennes shot down an Iranian Airliner.
George Herbert Walker Bush   Category: Ambition

What a pity when Christopher Columbus discovered America that he ever mentioned it.
Margot Asquith   Category: Ambition

America is God's Crucible the greatest Melting-Pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming! ... God is making the American.
Israel Zangwill   Category: Ambition

Americas abundance was not created by public sacrifices to the common good but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
Ayn Rand   Category: Ambition

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Friedrich Nietzsche   Category: Ambition

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
Helen Adams Keller   Category: Ambition