78 Ambition Quotes to Think Big and Achieve Dreams

Ambition is defined as a great desire to accomplish something. A runner who prepares for hours each day with the hopes of competing in the Olympics is an example of someone with ambition.

They are motivated by ambition to advance and achieve their objectives. Ambition shows a healthy self-esteem and a higher power of abstraction and imagery of the future when it is well-directed and supported by ideals.

Here is the best collection of ambition quotes and sayings. You can read, enjoy and share these quotes about ambition with your friends and family members.

Best Ambition Quotes

Big results require big ambitions. ~ James Champy.

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. ~ William Lilly.

Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, like diamonds we are cut with our own dust. ~ John Webster.


Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose. ~ Frank Tyger.

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue. ~ Edgar Quinet.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. ~ Timothy Leary.

Ambition is not a dirty word. Piss on compromise. Go for the throat. ~ Steven Erikson.

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream. ~ William Shakespeare.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

Great minds have purposes; others have wishes. ~ Washington Irving.

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 Bailey.

Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. ~ Mark Twain.

Ambition has no rest. ~ Edward Bulwer-Lytton.

Famous Ambition Quotes

A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm – it can creep, but it cannot fly. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly. ~ Alan Lightman.

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. ~ Jonas Salk.

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. ~ Herbert Kaufman.

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ambition is the epicenter of perseverance through which accomplishments spell success. ~ Byron Pulsifer.


Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. ~ Salvador Dali.

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition. ~ Michael Korda.

A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be. ~ Steven Brust.

Popular Ambition Quotes

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. ~ Oscar Wilde.

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher. ~ Henry Van Dyke.

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition. ~ Samuel Johnson.

Ambition beats genius 99% of the time. ~ Jay Leno.

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

Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities. ~ Frank Herbert.

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking. ~ Edward Dahlberg.

Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do. ~ Steve Jobs.

Our ambitions can only be limited by our doubts. ~ Rajesh.

Top Ambition Quotes

Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

Ambitions reveal direction. ~ Mace Windu.

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition. ~ Carl Sagan.

When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees. ~ Joseph Joubert.

Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme, to be sublimely great, or to be nothing. ~ Thomas Southerne.

Short Ambition Quotes

Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky. ~ Anonymous.

Love, a pleasant folly; ambition, a serious stupidity. ~ Nicolas Chamfort.

Ambition destroys its possessor. ~ Unknown.

Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues. ~ Quintilian.


A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. ~ Marcus Aurelius.

Ambition is not a vice of little people. ~ Michel de Montaigne.

I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay. ~ Madonna

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

Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude. ~ Sallust.

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Big results require big ambitions. ~ Heraclitus.

Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste. ~ Charles Baudelaire.

Ambition is a good servant but a bad master. ~ Unknown.

Men rise from one ambition to another. First, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others. ~ Niccolo Machiavelli.

Meaningful Ambition Quotes

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. ~ Elvis Presley.

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment. ~ Thomas Otway.

Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable. ~ Joseph Joubert.

I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. ~ Thomas Carlyle.

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. ~ John D. Rockefeller.

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step, only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road. ~ Dag Hammarskjold.

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. ~ Sir John Denham.

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

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

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley.

Inspirational Ambition Quotes

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping. ~ Jonathan Swift.

Ambition first sprung from your blest abodes; The glorious fault of Angels and of Gods. ~ Alexander Pope.

Just be yourself, hold true to yourself, your dreams and ambitions. ~ Patrick Rahn.

It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement. ~ Anthony Trollope.

Ambition begets vexations. ~ Singhalese.

If you would get ahead, be a bridge. ~ Welsh.


Success reveals how little ambition is worth. ~ Marty Rubin.

Ambition can creep as well as soar. ~ Edmund Burke.

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions. ~ David Hume.

There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition. ~ Napoleon Hill.

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 principles which direct them. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte.

Ambition is an uncomfortable companion many times. He creates a discontent with present surroundings and achievements; he is never satisfied but always pressing forward to better things in the future. Restless, energetic, purposeful, it is ambition that makes of the creature a real man. ~ Lyndon B. Johnson.

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled with great ambitions. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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