Quotes about Ambition

"I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone."

Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duellist who is now best remembered for the many works of fiction which have been woven around his life story. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose; portraits suggest that he did have a big nose.


"The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain."

Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States from 1969–1974 and was also the 36th Vice President of the United States (1953–1961). Nixon was the only President to resign the office and also the only person to be elected twice to both the Presidency and the Vice Presidency.


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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator. He was also the first American to translate Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy and was one of the five Fireside Poets.


"We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents. "

Eric Hoffer (July 25, 1902 – May 21, 1983) was an American social writer and philosopher. He produced ten books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in February 1983 by President of the United States Ronald Reagan.


"Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition."

Terry Josephson (-) philosopher and writer, 20/21e century.


"There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you are qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes ! But you can't blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people."

Jan Ashford (-) English theatre director.


"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, purpose, desire."

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics.


"You can have anything you want- if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose."

William Adams (1842-1910) American philosopher.


"If you can imagine it,
You can achieve it,
If you dream it,
You can become it."

William Arthur Ward (1921–1994) is one of America's most quoted writers of inspirational maxims.


"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France (16 April 1844—12 October 1924) born François-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature.