50 Best Quotes about Ambition

Ambition Quote of the Day

I don't think that ambition should not be in the dictionary of entrepreneurs. But our ambition should be realistic. You have to realise that you can't do everything. - Mukesh Ambani, Businessman

Ambition is a deeply cherished desire to achieve something. Ambition is what drives one to perform at the highest level and achieve success. Extraordinary things can be achieved by the ambitious.

Ambition can be an innate quality or inculcated. And to inculcate this quality, many people turn to ambition quotes. Quotes on ambition nudge the reader to pursue dreams. For those who do not have any dreams to pursue, it pushes them to have one, at least one.

Great achievers from the ancient times through the recent have pooled their experiences into quotes. They have put these pearls of wisdom together, so that the ambition that drove them can drive others too.

From philosophers to scientists, and politicians to businessmen, achievers in all fields have but only one thing in common ambition, and the thirst for success.

Inspiration is very essential to be able to nurture a dream and fuel a desire. And most often achievers are self-motivated. They are known to gain this from the success stories of other achievers who have left behind their invaluable quotes on ambition.

Ambition coupled with motivation is what drives success. Ambition quotes are the companions in the path to fulfilling dreams.

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

I don't think that ambition should not be in the dictionary of entrepreneurs. But our ambition should be realistic. You have to realise that you can't do everything. - Mukesh Ambani, Businessman

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, Actress

Love Quotes, Blessings Quotes


Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions. - Sai Baba, Leader

Love Quotes, Life Quotes, Material Quotes

Ambition - it is the last infirmity of noble minds. - James M. Barrie, Playwright

Mind Quotes

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. - Abraham Lincoln, American President

Great Quotes, Men Quotes, Worth Quotes

I think I have an inner confidence that my tastes are pretty simple, that what I find funny finds a wide audience. I'm not particularly intellectual or clever or minority-focused in my creative instincts. And I'm certainly not aware of suppressing more sophisticated ambitions. - Rowan Atkinson, Comedian

Clever Quotes, Confidence Quotes

The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of 'eternity'; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book - what everyone else does not say in a book. - Friedrich Nietzsche

A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions. - Marcus Aurelius, Soldier

Great Quotes, Worth Quotes

A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires. - Marcus Aurelius, Soldier

Aspiration Quotes

The core character of Victorians is one of aspiration and ambition, and Victorians have, since first settlement days... demonstrated that core character over and over again. - Ted Baillieu, Politician

Aspiration Quotes, Character Quotes

I don't find myself interesting as a person and the details I find boring, quite frankly. You could sum it up in a few words or sentences really: came from nothing. Self-educated. Luck. Energy. Curiosity. Ambition. That's it. Nothing at all can illuminate the work as far as I can tell. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Work Quotes, Curiosity Quotes, Energy Quotes, Luck Quotes

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. - Helen Keller

Success Quotes, Strength Quotes, Character Quotes, Experience Quotes, Suffering Quotes

You know, I think when I reflect on it, I think there's certainly a sense of history. When you have ambitions to play this game, you want to be one of the best ever, and you want to play so well and be so effective that you want people to remember your name 100 years from now. - Marcus Allen , Athlete

History Quotes

It took a deadly illness to put me eye to eye with that truth, but it is a truth that the country, caught up in its ruthless ambitions and moral decay, can learn on my dime. - Lee Atwater, Politician

Truth Quotes

Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead. - Ambrose Bierce, American Journalist

Desire Quotes, Enemies Quotes

I have been absolutely hag-ridden with ambition. If I could wish to have anything in the world it would be to be free of ambition. - Tallulah Bankhead, Actress

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since. - Salvador Dali, Artist

Age Quotes

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. - Barack Obama, American President

Life Quotes, Potential Quotes, Poverty Quotes

Medicine was certainly intended to be a career. I wanted to become a psychiatrist, an adolescent ambition which, of course, is fulfilled by many psychiatrists. - J. G. Ballard

Medicine was certainly intended to be a career. I wanted to become a psychiatrist, an adolescent ambition which, of course, is fulfilled by many psychiatrists. The doctor/psychiatrist figures in my writing are alter egos of a kind, what I would have been had I not become a writer - a personal fantasy that I've fed into my fiction. - J. G. Ballard

When I was a child I wanted to be Pope. My greatest disappointment is missing out on that. I also wanted to be a tap dancer but I never fulfilled that ambition either. - Peter Ackroyd, Author

Great Quotes, Disappointment Quotes

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvador Dali, Artist

Intelligence Quotes

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition. - Marilyn Monroe

Women Quotes, Men Quotes

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds. - Oscar Wilde

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

Failure Quotes

There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list. - Charles Babbage, Mathematician

Knowledge Quotes, Purpose Quotes

As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too. - Johnny Depp

Talent Quotes, Thought Quotes

I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. - Thomas Carlyle, Philosopher

Great Quotes, Boredom Quotes

Ambition can creep as well as soar. - Edmund Burke, Statesman

I was never somebody who grew up going, 'I really want to be a singer in a band,' and I never had any ambition toward anything, really. - Fiona Apple , Musician

There are so many things to take into account - your ambition, your ego, the press, the consumers. You can never be sure that you'll be on top of the pile again. - Giorgio Armani , Designer

Accounting Quotes

Achievement results from work realizing ambition. - Adam Ant , British Musician

Achievement Quotes, Work Quotes

I just aspire to pick people up. That's my ambition. - Sade Adu, Musician

My ambition was to be cosmopolitan. I grew up in the suburbs. I went to college in Maine. I had a dream in my head that if you wanted to be the most urbane, living-life-to-the-fullest kind of person, Paris was the place to be. - Rosecrans Baldwin, Novelist

Life Quotes

Mr. President, prime ministers, let us have ambitions: ambitions to move beyond the violence and occupation, to the day when two states, Palestine and Israel, can live together side by side in peace and security. - Abdallah II of Jordan, Jordanian Leader

Security Quotes, Violence Quotes

All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind. - Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do. - Robert Browning, Poet

Basically you have to suppress your own ambitions in order to be who you need to be. - Bob Dylan, Musician

Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens. - Lao Tzu

Heaven Quotes

Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness. - Mahatma Gandhi

Life Quotes, Desire Quotes

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking. - Napoleon Bonaparte, Leader

Great Quotes, Circumstances Quotes, Thinking Quotes

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. - Thomas Jefferson, President

Dependence Quotes, Virtue Quotes

Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point. - Saint Augustine, Saint

Children Quotes, Great Quotes, Work Quotes, Intelligence Quotes, Creation Quotes

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue. - Hosea Ballou

Vice Quotes, Virtue Quotes

Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more. - Oscar Wilde

Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. - William Shakespeare, Dramatist

I can't afford to be indifferent to politics, but I don't have personal ambitions. - Vagit Alekperov , Businessman

Politics Quotes

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, Leader

Great Quotes, Character Quotes, Passion Quotes

All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children. - Paul Auster, Author

Children Quotes, Time Quotes, Money Quotes