Quotations On Ambition

  • Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.—Longfellow.

He who ascends to mountain tops, shall find
The loftiest peaks most wrapt in clouds and snow;
He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
Must look down on the hate of those below.

  • They that stand high, have many blasts to shake them; And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.—Shakespeare.
  • The path of glory leads but to the grave.—Gray.
  • We should be careful to deserve a good reputation by doing well; and when that care is once taken, not to be over anxious about the success.—Rochester.
  • Say what we will, you may be sure that ambition is an error; its wear and tear of heart are never recompensed,—it steals away the freshness of life,—it deadens its vivid and social enjoyments,—it shuts our souls to our own youth,—and we are old ere we remember that we have made a fever and a labor of our raciest years.—Lytton.
  • I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels. —Shakespeare.
  • A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man by one which is lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other, ambition. Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.—Beecher.
  • It is not for man to rest in absolute contentment. He is born to hopes and aspirations, as the sparks fly upward, unless he has brutified his nature, and quenched the spirit of immortality, which is his portion.—Southey.
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.

All my ambition is, I own,
To profit and to please unknown;
Like streams supplied from springs below,
Which scatter blessings as they go.
—Dr. Cotton.