Quotes about Ambition

"If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it."

Kathleen Norris (born in Washington, D.C. on July 27, 1947) is a best-selling poet and essayist. She became known for her writings about Christian spirituality.


"Don't quack like a duck.. soar like an eagle."

Kenneth Hartley Blanchard (born May 6, 1939) is an American author and management expert. His book The One Minute Manager (co-authored with Spencer Johnson) has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages.


"When ambition ends, happiness begins."

Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was a 20th century Anglo-American Catholic writer.


"Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great."

Mark Twain born:Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910) was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


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

William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional basketball player.


"Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose."

Frank Tyger (1929-2011) ditorial Cartoonist, Columnist and Humorist for the Times of Trenton.


"The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed, you must have a larger ambition."

John Davison Rockefelle (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American oil magnate. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy.


"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 (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821) was a military and political leader of France and Emperor of the French as Napoleon I, whose actions shaped European politics in the early 19th century.


"Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals."

Sir John Denham (1614 or 1615 – 19 March 1669) was an Anglo-Irish poet and courtier.