Quotes about Ambition

"Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!."

Walter Savage Landor (30 January 1775 – 17 September 1864) was an English writer and poet.


"Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine."

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".


"Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy."

Bryant Harrison McGill (born November 7, 1969) is an American editor and author. McGill is the editor and author of the McGill English Dictionary of Rhyme, and other books in the McGill Reference Series, which are used by over one hundred thousand writers, educators, students, aspiring-poets and songwriters from over one hundred countries.


"Ambition is the last refuge of the failure."

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer, poet, and prominent aesthete. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his many epigrams, his plays which are still revived, and the tragedy of his imprisonment and early death.


"Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in."

William Eardley, IV (-)


"Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose."

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen (18 March 1893 – 4 November 1918) was a British poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War.


"Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."

William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.


"Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand."

William A. Feather (August 25, 1889 - January 7, 1981) was an American publisher and author.


"Failure is only postponed success as long as courage 'coaches' ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory."

Herbert Kaufman (March 6, 1878 – September 6, 1947) was an American writer and newspaperman whose editorials were widely syndicated in both the United States and Canada.


"I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom."

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era.