Quotes about Ambition

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

Eden Phillpotts (4 November 1862 – 29 December 1960) was an English author, poet and dramatist. He was born in India, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer.


"It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book."

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (October 15, 1844 – August 25, 1900) was a 19th-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and aphorism.


"Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others."

Niccolò: di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher/writer, and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat, political philosopher, musician, and a playwright, but foremost, he was a civil servant of the Florentine Republic.


"Time is the only critic without ambition."

John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American writer. Steinbeck received the Nobel Prize for Literature.


"It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top."

Robert Maynard Pirsig (born September 6, 1928) s an American writer and philosopher, and author of philosophical novels.


"The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability"

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


"All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific."

Jane Wagner (born February 26, 1935) is an American writer, director and producer.


"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold."

Maurice Seitter (-) brokerage specialist.