Ambition Quotes

To be spiritual means you have cosmic ambitions. You want to know not just the whole creation but the Creator and the source of creation as well. To be material means you have petty ambitions of owning a house – or 10 houses – or a whole apartment building.

Jaggi Vasudev

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

Niccolo Machiavelli

There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.

Alfred P. Sloan

The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.


Ambition is best tempered with self-knowledge!

William Hague

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

Rise above sectional interests and private ambitions… Pass from matter to spirit. Matter is diversity; spirit is light, life and unity.

Muhammad Iqbal

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

Carl Sagan

Do not let your grand ambitions stand in the way of small but meaningful accomplishments.

Bryant H. McGill

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

Thomas Merton

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.

Peter Ustinov

Ambition – it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

James M. Barrie

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

My ambition is to have beautiful encounters, not to make money.

Juliette Binoche

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