Ambition Quotes


Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I'm not going to worry about them. I'm dreaming the hardest.

Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don't just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won't happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you'll love it up here.

I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.

I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.

Unwind

Neal Shusterman

Oh, it's delightful to have ambitions. I'm so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them-- that's the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

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.

Age    Ambition    Dreaming    Dreams    Youth

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.

Ambition    Business    Calling    Career    Commitment    Determination    Dreams    Entrepreneur    Faith    Genius    Hobbies    Insanity    Living    Passion    Patience    Peace    Perfection    Perfectionist    Perseverance    Persistence    Power    Priorities    Risk    Sanity    Strategy    Strength    Success

All I know is that I've wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I'd get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. But I don't want it anymore, I want something else now, something warm and sheltering, something I can turn to, regardless of what I do, regardless of who I become. Something that will just be there, always, like tomorrow's sky. That's what I want now, and I think it's what you should want too. But it will be too late soon. We'll become too set to change. If we don't take our chance now, another may never come for either of us.

When We Were Orphans

Ishiguro Kazuo

When We Were Orphans

Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.

The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become 'somebody,' and frankly, I don't have the least ambition to become anybody.

A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.

Why do I do anything?' she says. 'I'm educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I'm so smart I can negate any dream.

Ambition    Choke    Dreams    Education    Intelligence    Lethargy    Palahniuk    Sloth

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

Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson

Gardens of the Moon

The biggest changes in a women's nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition

Ambition    Human nature    Life    Love    Truth

I think this is when most people give up on their stories. They come out of college wanting to change the world, wanting to get married, wanting to have kids and change the way people buy office supplies. But they get into the middle and discover it was harder than they thought. They can't see the distant shore anymore, and they wonder if their paddling is moving them forward. None of the trees behind them are getting smaller and none of the trees ahead are getting bigger. They take it out on their spouses, and they go looking for an easier story.

Politeness. Now there's a poor man's virtue if ever there was one. What's so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it's easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what's left when you've failed at everything else. People with ambition don't give a damn what other people think about them.

The Thirteenth Tale

Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale

Because there was a hunger in me to see everything and do everything. I wanted to be everyone I saw. I wasn't enough for me. Can you understand that?

Ambition    Learn    Life    Power

Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything.

By faithfully working eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.

I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something – the eternal ‘what’s the use?’ – sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.

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

Einstein's Dreams

Alan Lightman

Einstein's Dreams

People will kill you. Over time. They will shave out every last morsel of fun in you with little, harmless sounding phrases that people uses every day, like: 'Be realistic!'"
[
What It Is
(2009)]

Ambition    Dylan moran    Goals    Life    Realism

Never give up.
It's like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can't do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don't ever, ever, ever give up.

The best is the enemy of good.

Ambition    Best    Desires    Good    Greed    Insatiability

The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.

Ambition    Art    Artist    Eyes    Love    Master    Work

The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer, because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood
Ambition    Ennui    Life

I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.

Sackett's Land

Louis L'Amour

Sackett's Land

The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Achievement    Ambition    Brave    Caring    Devotion    Victory

It doesn't matter how great your shoes are if you don't accomplish anything in them.

You pigs, you. You rut like pigs, is all. You got the most in you, and you use the least. You hear me, you? Got a million in you and spend pennies. Got a genius in you and think crazies. Got a heart in you and feel empties. All a you. Every you...'
[...]
Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you. Pigs, you! All right, God damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men. I make you great. I give you the stars.

I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself
And falls on the other.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

If it's IN you to climb you must -- there are those who MUST lift their eyes to the hills -- they can't breathe properly in the valleys.

Emily of New Moon

L.M. Montgomery

Emily of New Moon

There is a time in the life of every boy when he for the first time takes the backward view of life. Perhaps that is the moment when he crosses the line into manhood. The boy is walking through the street of his town. He is thinking of the future and of the figure he will cut in the world. Ambitions and regrets awake within him. Suddenly something happens; he stops under a tree and waits as for a voice calling his name. Ghosts of old things creep into his consciousness; the voices outside of himself whisper a message concerning the limitations of life. From being quite sure of himself and his future he becomes not at all sure. If he be an imaginative boy a door is torn open and for the first time he looks out upon the world, seeing, as though they marched in procession before him, the countless figures of men who before his time have come out of nothingness into the world, lived their lives and again disappeared into nothingness. The sadness of sophistication has come to the boy. With a little gasp he sees himself as merely a leaf blown by the wind through the streets of his village. He knows that in spite of all the stout talk of his fellows he must live and die in uncertainty, a thing blown by the winds, a thing destined like corn to wilt in the sun.

Ambition    Future    Ghosts    Life    Manhood    Nothingness    Regret    Sophistication    Time    Uncertainty

What do you mean I have to wait for someone's approval?  
I'm
someone.  
I
approve.  So I give myself permission to move forward with my full support!

It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again. aa

Too many people out there tell us what we can and cannot do but…they don’t know who we are, what’s put in us.

Ambition    Courage    Dreams    Inspiration    Life    Truth

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

Ambition    Change    Crazy    Think    World

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

Ambition    Bitch    Discrimination    Gender roles    Life    Misogyny    Sexism    Tough

Live for each second without hesitation

The person who doesn't scatter the morning dew will not comb grey hairs

The voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again.

A king of a kingdom no one fucking knows about! I'm the tree in the forest that silently falls--when no one is around to be crushed! [Lothaire, Enemy of Old]

Being with him made me want to make my own dreams, discover my own path. I was my best self when I was with him.

I've wanted to win at everything, every day, since I was a kid. And time doesn't change a person, it just helps you get a handle on who you are. Even at age 41, I still hate losing--I'm just more gracious about it. I'm also aware that setbacks have an upside; they fuel new dreams.

Achievement    Ambition    Dreams    Experience    Goals    Identity    Losing    Maturity    Perspective    Winning

In my terms, I settled for the realities of life, and submitted to its necessities: if this, then that, and so the years passed. In Adrian's terms, I gave up on life, gave up on examining it, took it as it came. And so, for the first time, I began to feel a more general remorse - a feeling somewhere between self-pity and self-hatred - about my whole life. All of it. I had lost the friends of my youth. I had lost the love of my wife. I had abandoned the ambitions I had entertained. I had wanted life not to bother me too much, and had succeeded - and how pitiful that was.

Ambition    Compromise    Memory    Reality    Regret    Remorse    Self pity

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