Best Quotes About Ambition

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

An ounce of hypocracy is worth a pound of ambition. -Michael Korda

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

Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition. -Terry Josephson

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

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

I have two ambitions in life: one is to drink every pub dry, the other is to sleep with every woman on earth. -Oliver Reed

The truth is an ambition which is beyond us. -Peter Ustinov

Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money. -Robert Jackson

I have no political ambitions for myself or my children. -Joseph P. Kennedy

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him. -Samuel Johnson

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

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. -Benjamin Disraeli

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. -Angela Carter

Big results require big ambitions. -Heraclitus

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

Where there are large powers with little ambition… nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. -Jonathan Swift

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

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves. -Robert Burton

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

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. -Phyllis McGinley

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

When ambition ends, happiness begins. -Thomas Merton

A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune. -Wilson Mizner

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

I'm hopeful. I know there is a lot of ambition in Washington, obviously. But I hope the ambitious realize that they are more likely to succeed with success as opposed to failure. -George W. Bush

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

My ambition is to be happy. -Penelope Cruz

We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

The great corporations of this country were not founded by ordinary people. They were founded by people with extraordinary intelligence, ambition, and aggressiveness. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. -Cesar Chavez

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

I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. -Thomas Jefferson

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

Time is the only critic without ambition. -John Steinbeck

I'm just a ballplayer with one ambition, and that is to give all I've got to help my ball club win. I've never played any other way. -Joe DiMaggio

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

My ambition is to do a good job. I never plan anything. -Ilie Nastase

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

Oh that I were seated as high as my ambition, I'd place my naked foot on the necks of monarchs. -Horace Walpole

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition. -John Ruskin

In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it. -Christian Nestell Bovee

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

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

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men? -Vincent Van Gogh

The average Hollywood film star's ambition is to be admired by an American, courted by an Italian, married to an Englishman and have a French boyfriend. -Katharine Hepburn

America is a Nation with a mission – and that mission comes from our most basic beliefs. We have no desire to dominate, no ambitions of empire. Our aim is a democratic peace – a peace founded upon the dignity and rights of every man and woman. -George W. Bush

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

That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms. -James Fenimore Cooper

To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution. -Samuel Johnson

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world. -Orison Swett Marden

To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain. -Henry Drummond

The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion. -Derek Jarman

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

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us – avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. -Petrarch

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

I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build. -Eden Phillpotts

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go. -Joseph Conrad

It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition. -Bono

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

What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor. -Aldous Huxley

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust. -Marquis de Sade

The psychoanalysis of neurotics has taught us to recognize the intimate connection between wetting the bed and the character trait of ambition. -Sigmund Freud

Ambition, if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others. -Susan Sontag

The same ambition can destroy or save, and make a patriot as it makes a knave. -Alexander Pope

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

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. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition is yet to be developed. -Abraham Lincoln

Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The incentive to ambition is the love of power. -William Hazlitt

Where there are large powers with little ambition, nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes. -Henry Taylor

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition. -Luc de Clapiers

Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that's all. -Bob Marley

Drugs are the enemies of ambition and hope – and when we fight against drugs we are fighting for the future. -Bob Riley

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

Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures. -Bryant H. McGill

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

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential. -Barack Obama

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

Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge. -H. G. Wells

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

There's no secret about my ambition, I do not want to go into the House of Commons. My only real political interest is in London and if one day I'm in a position to run for mayor, then terrific. -Trevor Phillips

Independence is not a whim or an ambition. It is the necessary condition of our survival as an ethnic group. -Aslan Maskhadov

Achievement results from work realizing ambition. -Adam Ant

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

My biggest ambition is never to be bored. I'm not aggressive enough to strongly run after being an actress. -Anjelica Huston

Money is not everything. My ambition was football itself, not the money I'd make from it. If that brings me and my family a more comfortable lifestyle, then that's fine. But I don't spend my time between games and training sessions thinking about figures. -Alessandro Del Piero

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

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

I don't particularly have any magical ambitions, but then, I never did. I just enjoyed the game. -Paul Daniels

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked. -Michael J. Fox

I used to think I had ambition… but now I'm not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They're easily confused. -Rachel Field

My secret ambition was always to provide music for animation films: something with an Indian theme, either a fairy tale or mythological tale or on the Krishna theme. I still have a very deep desire, but these sorts of chances don't always come. -Ravi Shankar

It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer. -John Hurt

I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word. -John Hurt

You want the book to be special, and they are not always going to be special, but at least you want that to be the ambition. So the only way that happens is if you are not pressing to write a book. -Michael Lewis

My ambition was to stop waiting tables. That was how I measured success: finally, I was able to stop waiting tables, and I was able to pay the rent, and that was by being a stand-up comic. Not a very good stand-up comic, but good enough to make a living. -Graham Norton

One of the things I realized early in my career is that you do what you believe, in knowing that if you don't, you will never like yourself. When you compromise out of fear or ambition, it eats inside you. -Samuel Dash

As the country now turns a new leaf, our ambition is to give hope to each and every Afghan. -Hamid Karzai

His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web. -John McCarthy

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 world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government. -James K. Polk

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible. -Noah Webster

To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions. -Kim Campbell

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. -Liberty Hyde Bailey

Behold, I am become a reproach to thy holy name, by serving any ambition and the sins of others; which though I did by the persuasion of other men, yet my own conscience did cheek and upbraid me in it. -William Laud

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

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

My actions to promote peace, the mediation missions which I carried out during many conflicts, which very often occurred between brothers of the same country, are not driven by any ulterior motives or any calculations based on personal ambitions. -Omar Bongo

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

I wasn't really interested in doing television. I don't have that much ambition. My agent, Eileen Feldman, has all the ambition for me. -Meg Tilly

My mother carried on and supported us; her ambition had been to write poetry and songs. -Philip Levine

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

From the time I was very young, maybe five or six, I thought a lot about being an actress. I didn't tell my friends about my ambitions, though, especially when I got older, because I thought they would not receive them well. I never talked about what I wanted to do. -Louise Fletcher

I've always been most interested in the politics of everyday life: your relation to whatever you're doing, or what your ambitions are, where you live, where you find yourself in the social hierarchy. -Richard Linklater

I wanted to be an outstanding player, that was my ambition. -Imran Khan

The experience awakened 'my tremendous musical ambition, which has never subsided to this day. -Georg Solti

As a youngster, I enjoyed sport and my ambition was to be a great sportsman. -Lynn Davies

We're not all nice, and there are a lot of levels of ambition and niceness. -Heather Donahue

Trusting in Christ, we may boldly join in the combat, and enlist ourselves among that disinterested band, who fight not for human ambition, or human praise, but for the honour of our Saviour, and the salvation of men. -John Strachan

I instantly chucked my academic ambitions and began writing fiction full-time. -Peter Straub

I had found myself a new mission – and once more my recurring dilemma between corporate commercial needs and personal scientific ambitions was solved unexpectedly. -James Black

In teaching, I wanted to offer a general pharmacology course based on chemical principles, biochemical classification and mathematical modelling. In the event I achieved neither of my ambitions. -James Black

I had a burning ambition. Otherwise, I wouldn't have accomplished it. -Claire Bloom

I have a few personal ambitions for the band. -John Deacon

My job at Stanford is rather different from the ones I had held previously in that my own ambitions must take a back seat to the well-being of the students with whom I work. -Robert B. Laughlin

I have the desire to work as an actress, but I have no ambition to be a star. -Ally Sheedy

My one ambition is to play a hero. -Sessue Hayakawa

If it awakens in us as a whole how important that is – the theme of how conquest and ambition are meaningless without contribution – I think then as a society we're in better shape. I hope people are inspired to be the best. -Rob Morrow

I've never looked ahead very much in my life. I've never had any grand plan from the outset. I had no burning ambition to do what I do. -Tracey Ullman

May the same Almighty Goodness banish the accursed monster, war, from all lands, with her hated associates, rapine and insatiable ambition! -Daniel Boone

This source of corruption, alas, is inherent in the democratic system itself, and it can only be controlled, if at all, by finding ways to encourage legislators to subordinate ambition to principle. -James L. Buckley

Among those best known, their highest ambition is to build American homes, possess American furniture, dress in American clothes, adopt the American style of living and be American citizens. -Sheldon Jackson

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. -William Whitehead

Since we started, Chris and I had theatrical ambitions. -Neil Tennant

The longing for peace is rooted in the hearts of all men. But the striving, which at present has become so insistent, cannot lay claim to such an ambition as leading the way to eternal peace, or solving all disputes among nations. -Alva Myrdal

My craziest ambition is to take John Madden's job and salary. -Michael Strahan

My ambition is peace and perfection. -DeForest Kelley

Maybe wanting to retire is my ambition. -Brenda Blethyn

The press regularly proclaims my ambitions and my financial demands. -Placido Domingo

You see, my ambition was not to confound the engineering world but simply to create a beautiful piece of art. -Kit Williams

I am still full of ambition. -Jan Timman

But we need to show that the EU can modernise itself, can adapt to the needs of its citizens, can take their views into account. That will be our ambition for the UK Presidency. -John Hutton

I think when people talk about ambition and talking to him, it might have seemed that he wasn't ambitious. -Alan Hansen

It's incredible considering the public perception that he was tight fisted and he was more than prudent, and lacked ambition to take Tottenham to where the fans wanted them to be. -Alan Hansen

The big biography of Lincoln necessarily had to do so much with his political career, his ambitions, his accomplishments in public, with less time to spend on his private life, his inner life, and I thought this might be a way of getting at that. -David Herbert Donald

My ambition is to go back to Spurs and Rangers in some capacity and give something back that they gave to me. -Graham Roberts

That's my ambition: that you look at the pictures and realize what complex, fascinating, interesting people every single one of my subjects is. -Jock Sturges

If you tell people your ambitions, they usually laugh at you. When I told my girlfriends when I was 12 that I was going to Hollywood, they all laughed. And here I am! -Helen Reddy

I think back and marvel that my ambitions were so small. -Helen Reddy

I can't sing. Definitely no ambition in that area. -Corin Nemec

I'm not totally altruistic. I've always had great career ambitions. But it has to come out in an organic way. If you push yourself out beyond where you are supposed to be, there's this pressure. -David Friedman

In a couple, sometimes, one or both people have to give up their personal life, dreams and ambitions for the good of the family. -Monica Bellucci

The bulk of mankind have indeed, in all countries in their turn, been made the prey of ambition. -Mercy Otis Warren

My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that's still what I do: teach. -Mike Krzyzewski

At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art. -Brian Eno

I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies. -Jodie Foster

Mel is nuts. He puts on a suit and a tie and acts like a normal person so people think he's okay. He's definitely out in left field. He's got the ambition of a boy. -Dom DeLuise

Religion united its influence with those of loyalty and love, and the order of knighthood, endowed with all the sanctity and religious awe that attended the priesthood, became an object of ambition to the greatest sovereigns. -Thomas Bulfinch

Do you have any ambitions outside racing? My main ambition at the moment, whether inside or outside racing, is to become Formula 1 World Champion. -Kimi Raikkonen

My own ambition in the ring had always been skillful boxing, speed and defense – on the order of Mike Gibbons. -Gene Tunney

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

With just about every player in Australia, his whole goal and ambition is to play for Australia. That's why they're playing first class cricket. It's just a different attitude. -Shane Warne

My ambition when I started out was to play two or three gigs a week. And that's what I'm doing. -Van Morrison

I've become a captive of my own ambitions. -Patsy Cline

One thing all stage mothers share is an overpowering ambition for their daughters. -Lawrence Welk

It is my fervent wish and my greatest ambition to leave a work with a few useful instructions for the pianists after me. -Franz Liszt

If you have ambition, you might not achieve anything, but without ambition, you are almost certain not to achieve anything. -Whitfield Diffie

Vietnam was a lie but at least there was a political agenda. It was the domino theory. Iraq is about nothing but George Bush's ego laced with imperialist ambitions. And it was helped by your government. -Donald Sutherland

I did not want to be depressed by the gap existing between my weakness and my ambition. -Ella Maillart

I didn't know then that I would never be able to leave the sounds and smells of these sights behind me, but I was fiercely conscious of one thing-my ambition. -Emanuel Celler

The architecture profession has lost a lot of its integrity, especially in the USA. The general architect here has no scruples, no ambitions. -Helmut Jahn

Human nature must have come much nearer perfection than it is now, or will be in many generations, to exclude from such a control prejudice, selfishness, ambition, and injustice. -Elihu Root

Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity. -Annette Funicello

I really never had any ambitions to be a standup comic. I was talked into it by guys that I used to work out with. -Joe Rogan

I have ambitions to do a Broadway record one of these days and get in the studio with like, a real orchestra. I'm a big musical theatre geek. -Mandy Moore

My mother wanted me off her hands. She was a working woman. She designed clothes, and she was a celebrity collector. It's my mother's ambition to be a celebrity. -Stephen Sondheim

The United States must also continue to push the United Nations Security Council for strong action to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In the meantime, it is our job to take meaningful steps to eliminate the threats posed by Iran. -Allyson Schwartz

My one ambition was to go to Broadway, and I never gave up on that dream. -David Hasselhoff

In college, I got interested in news because the world was coming apart. The civil rights movement, the antiwar movement, the women's right movement. That focused my radio ambitions toward news. -Bob Edwards

According to its doctors, my one intransigent desire is to have been a Confederate general, and because I could not or would not become anything else, I set up for poet and beg an to invent fictions about the personal ambitions that my society has no use for. -Allen Tate

So they've actually – it's not that her character is a singer, but she had ambition to do that at an earlier time in her life. So I've actually sung two or three times now on the show. -Katey Sagal

But as a young kid, I never did, really have an ambition to be a farmer. I never thought, gee, I would like to farm, and I want to raise these crops. I didn't quite know what I wanted to do. -Sam Donaldson

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

People in the U.K. cannot understand whether Blair has lost his mind or whether his ambition to be the second-most-powerful man in the world made him lose his mind. -Bianca Jagger

I think we still believe that ambition is for boys. -Jeanette Winterson

I should have been smart enough to stay happy. But my ambition ruled my life. -Eva Gabor

But I must own that I also felt stirred by an unselfish desire to voice all the joys and sorrows, the hopes and ambitions, of the American Negro, in classic musical form. -James Weldon Johnson

Whatever success I may have attained is due to the fact that since I was old enough to work at all, my ambition has never deserted me. -Anna Held

Things will be very bad for Latin America. You only have to consider the ambitions and the doctrines of the empire, which regards this region as its backyard. -Jose Saramago

Religion is a means of exploitation employed by the strong against the weak; religion is a cloak of ambition, injustice and vice. -Georges Bizet

It's okay to have personal ambitions, but you have to take someone with you. -Roger Staubach

Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition. -Riccardo Muti

Before we got married, I had tremendous ambition. Once we got married and I started having children, then I just thought that that was my real life. Steve was definitely more ambitious than I. -Eydie Gorme

Lincoln's stature and strength, his intelligence and ambition – in short, all the elements which gave him popularity among men in New Salem, rendered him equally attractive to the fair sex of that village. -John George Nicolay

The movies that are made more thoughtfully or made or with more ambition often get just get drowned out by the noise. -Roger Ebert

My only ambition is to be true every moment I am living. -Juliette Binoche

Most minds think from A to B to G to O, or hold goals and ambitions to keep them going. -Lynette Fromme

I see my face in the mirror, and I said, 'No, my ambition is not to be an actor.' -Dino De Laurentiis

My ambitions were already very clearly fixed by the time I was 6 or 7. -Joshua Lederberg

The U.S. along with China, Japan, South Korea and Russia has an important role to play in containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions and exerting all the influence we can possibly exert. -Zach Wamp

My nomination to be Governor was not to gratify ambition. -Lajos Kossuth

I will not become a Napoleon nor an Alexander, and labour for my own ambition; but I will labour for freedom and for the moral well-being of man. -Lajos Kossuth

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

Obscurity can be a fire of ambition in those who have stalwart souls. -Taylor Caldwell

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

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues. -Quintilian

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability. -William Feather

Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand. -William Feather

All sins have their origin in a sense of inferiority otherwise called ambition. -Cesare Pavese

What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg at an electric fan. -Oliver Herford

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

Somebody ought to tell him his ambition is showing. -Harry Essex

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

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

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement. -Anna Garlin Spencer

The aim of literary ambition is to demonstrate one's greatness of soul. -Mason Cooley

Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What likelihood is there of corrupting a man who has no ambition? -Samuel Richardson

I have no ambition to surprise my reader. Castles with unknown passages are not compatible with my homely muse. -Anthony Trollope

My mouth is full of decayed teeth and my soul of decayed ambitions. -James Joyce

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions to be a pope or an emperor. -Willa Cather

If the leader is filled with high ambition and if he pursues his aims with audacity and strength of will, he will reach them in spite of all obstacles. -Carl von Clausewitz

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

God like Us suffers the ambition to make a destiny more extraordinary than was conceived for Him, yes God is like Me, only more so. -Norman Mailer

Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure. -Pat Riley

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority, of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man, and speech is the great instrument of ambition. -Adam Smith

Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. -James Madison

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed. -Alfred North Whitehead

When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there. -Jim Henson

A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment. -Frances Burney

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

In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time. -Arthur Koestler

Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The truth is really an ambition which is beyond us. -Peter Ustinov

I came to declare that I am a friend to Arabs, at a time when it is not easy to be friend to Arabs, because nowadays those who have ambitions and interests would not befriend Arab. -George Galloway

In the future, when we get serious about executing things correctly, this thing will be very easy to do. If we find out that this technique does not work, I don't intend to step on dead bodies to achieve something because I don't have that kind of ambition. My ambition is to help people. -Panayiotis Zavos

The left and the right live in parallel universes. The right listens to talk radio, the left's on the Internet and they just reinforce one another. They have no sense of reality. I have now one ambition: to retire before it becomes essential to tweet. -Barney Frank

It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects… that is was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. -Joseph Story

Being non-commercial is never an ambition. Movies come together at different points for fortuitous reasons. You do them as you get the opportunity, as opposed to doing them when you choose to or design to. -Ethan Coen

The failure of national economic policy is costing us more than jobs; it has begun to weaken that uniquely American spirit of risk-taking, large ambition, and optimism about the future. We must rally them now to bold departures that rebuild our national morale as well as our material prosperity. -Mitch Daniels

I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions. -Lady Gaga

I wanted to be a doctor at one point and I also wanted to be a pilot. I think if you grow up in a dodgy area, reality often beats down those ambitions as you get older. But with me that never really happened. -James McAvoy

I don't plan in terms of career ambitions. The only career ambition I have is to work with people who are going to bring you up and elevate your performance. They'll let you know things that you didn't know already and bring you places that you might not have gotten to otherwise. -Brendan Gleeson

I am a walking piece of art every day, with my dreams and my ambitions forward at all times in an effort to inspire my fans to lead their life in that way. -Lady Gaga

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. -Abdullah II of Jordan

If, however, economic ambitions are good servants, they are bad masters. -E. F. Schumacher

I'm definitely responsible for the image that I put out there. But it does become frustrating, because I don't want 'sexy' to be my defining characteristic. I'd love for my ambition and will and intellect and sense of humour to define me as well. -Eva Mendes

I never had any ambitions of being a movie star or anything like that, but you know, this is nice. -Mos Def

I can't control what people think. I'm not trying to manipulate people's thoughts or sentiments. I write all the time. You have to experience life, make observations, and ask questions. It's machine-like how things are run now in hip-hop, and my ambitions are different. -Mos Def

It was an easy choice to return with Lotus Renault GP as I have been impressed by the scope of the team's ambition. -Kimi Raikkonen

There weren't a lot of career opportunities in crazy-fast hardcore punk, so you didn't have a lot of ambition, just the love and passion to play music with your friends. -Dave Grohl

Artistic ambition is important. And it seems it would be a great time to do some theatre, like a new extreme. -Emile Hirsch

I played football when I was little. I didn't want to be an actress at all, I wanted to be a majorette in an Australian circus. That was my ambition. -Emmanuelle Beart

Places like New York are just too intense, too much about money, too much about ambition; it's all too superficial for me. -Carmen Kass

I had a family, I had children, I got married. My ambition changed. -Penelope Ann Miller

Driving race cars was an avenue for me to learn how to build my own car, and that was my ambition all along. -Carroll Shelby

I never had ambitions to see how rich I could get. I got a lot of contemporaries that that's their ambition, and I don't know very many of them that are happy. -Carroll Shelby

As long as I have ambition, maybe I can achieve something for my country. -Dana Hussein

Life must continue, even with the security situation so bad, because I have ambitions. I love this sport too much. -Dana Hussein

I had a strong desire to become an archer from the very first time I tried it. I forgot my other ambitions. I just wanted to compete in the Olympics. -Im Dong-Hyun

My ambition is to not have to work any more. In 10 years I want to stop, and I want to be living with my family, taking care of my house. I want to be a housewife. -Paz Vega

A dream without ambition is like a car without gas… you're not going anywhere. -Sean Hampton

I have no desire to play King Lear or Hamlet. I never had a grand ambition. I just followed my nose. -Liam Neeson

My only ambition when I came to Hollywood was to pay my rent. -Adrian Grenier

On a scale from 1-10, my ambition is probably 11 or 12. -T. Boone Pickens

I have no ambitions beyond being comfortable in what I do for a living – and earning a living. -Craig Ferguson

I don't have that same ambition I had when I was younger. -Mike Tice

My life's ambition is to play a James Bond villain. I have the cat and the eye-patch, so I'm just waiting for the call. For some reason, though, the phone hasn't rung. -Toby Young

Sometimes with people I know, they're playing the hunky action guy and there's resistance to them coming out because it's so connected to straight masculinity. There's a plastic kind of movie star who has a very short shelf with very small kind of ambition. I see that but I still don't agree with it. -Alan Cumming

What we have, what we wish we had – ambitions fulfilled, ambitions disappointed, investments won, investments lost, elections won, elections lost – these things may occupy our attention, but they do not define us. -Mitt Romney

I really don't have tremendous political ambition. I have policy ambition. -Paul Ryan

My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I'll do that. I will be free. -Venus Williams

I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder. -David Maraniss

I had the chance to be governor for eight years and I took a year to transition out and a year to transition in, so that's a decade of my life where I pursued my own ambitions and I thought it was time to rearrange my life to focus on other things. -Jeb Bush

My ambition is to further create a signature sound, a signature spirit, that makes some kind of contribution to music in general. -David Lee Roth

I got my degree. More importantly, I got a key to American opportunity. That's who we are – a nation that rewards ambition with opportunity. Where hard work can lead to success, no matter where you start. -Eva Longoria

Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first. -Archie Panjabi

An actor should always let humility outweigh ambition. -Anna Kendrick

Humility was an important part of the way I grew up. And I found that to be less common when I moved to California. That's not to say humble people don't exist there, but ambition seems really important. -Anna Kendrick

I was not born with tremendous ambition. -Roger Moore

I didn't become leader to transform the Liberal Democrats into an enlarged form of the Electoral Reform Society. It's not the be all and end all for us. There are other very, very key ambitions in politics, not least social mobility and life chances, that I care about as passionately if not more. -Nick Clegg

I have no ambitions to be a cabinet minister, or prime minister. I wouldn't wish being prime minister on my worst enemy. -Louise Mensch

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

My ambition is to become one of those actresses that is like a chameleon that you don't recognize. -Alexandra Roach

Younger women have no problem in reconciling beauty with ambitions as a professional woman. -Camille Paglia

I had no ambition to be a writer because the books I read were too good, my standards were too high. -Haruki Murakami

One of the most important reasons for North Korea continuing its nuclear ambitions is to consolidate the power to stay within the Kim Jong Il family. -Lee Myung-bak

What is wrong with the Iranians in addition to the nuclear bomb? This is the only country on Earth in the 21st century that has renewed imperialistic ambitions. They really want to become the hegemon of the Middle East in an age that gave up imperialism. -Shimon Peres

I'm going to let love lead the way, always. And I was born with this blind – blind ambition, and it's kind of gotten me here to this point. And I think that I'll stick to it. -Katy Perry

I have a lot of ambition. -Katy Perry

I'm living in the present. I have no ambition. It's true. But I want to live. -Gerard Depardieu

People want to be special. I think ambition can take in a whole package of things, power or sexual excitement. -James Wolcott

I really, specifically, love acting, and I think it's a really cool thing to be really indulgent and follow that. I have a lot of ambitions in life, but for the next few years, I just want to be an actor. That's a lucky opportunity, and that drives me to want to be good at that. -Kristen Stewart

I go through stages. Randomly, I'll be attracted to a crazy rocker with tattoos. And I find that I'm extremely attracted to ambition and wit. -Ashley Greene

I find ambition really attractive too – if someone's good at something they love doing. I want someone who is driven. -Harry Styles

I always stayed in tune with my own ambitions and attitudes and I'm still my intractable old self, for better or worse. -LeRoy Neiman

The ambition, the drive, the wanting to be the center of attention, the wanting to succeed… They're all inside me somewhere. -Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

When I was growing up, I said I wanted to be a model, but people said I had no chance and when I realized my ambition, people in the business still continued to state negative stuff. -Katie Price

I invite everyone to chose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition. -Jean-Francois Cope

I enjoy acting now more than I ever have. I've had lots of difficult times when I was younger, but that was all tied up with thwarted ambition. It's hard being a young actor, because you don't realise until later that it's only ever about doing the work. -Brian Cox

I will go to the next election saying to Australians, vote for me, vote for the Liberal Party, and I will become your PM. So I'm offering myself as the alternative PM – that's one way people describe the Leader of the Opposition – but I'm not in politics for myself to realize a personal ambition. -Malcolm Turnbull

I'm not driven by killer ambition. I'm not a workaholic. I'm a good team player. I don't have to be captain, but I do want to play on a winning team. -Jane Pauley

As a shy kid growing up in Sheffield, I fantasized about how it would be great to be famous so I wouldn't actually have to talk to people and feel awkward. And of course, as we all know from fairy stories, when you achieve that ambition, you find out you don't want it. -Jarvis Cocker

Not everyone is going to like what you do or what you have to offer; however, if you can't see yourself doing anything else, and you have the drive and ambition, get the training and go for it. -Kristin Chenoweth

I came to New York to be a fine artist – that was my ambition. -David Byrne

I've learned a great deal about a certain type of filmmaking. But I have ambitions toward another type of filmmaking that I haven't been allowed to engage in yet. -Shia LaBeouf

When I was 11 years old, I thought, 'All I really wanna be able to do is my own comic book,' and I'm doing it. I don't have any other real ambitions. I have nothing to conquer at all. -Chris Ware

I was born into a family of gospel singers. My early ambitions were many. I was going to be a ballerina. I almost had that one come true until I tore a tendon, so I transferred from my toes to my throat and that's where the talent settled. -Dionne Warwick

I wish I had a little more ambition. But then what would I do? Turn down more roles with more vehemence? Me no likey worky. -Ellen Barkin

Most of all I don't want to be bored. That's why I'd rather do something that has some sort of ambition, that risks failing, rather than make safer, more comfortable choices. -Steve Coogan

Cable is a dynamic and highly innovative industry, providing cutting edge services and content that Americans love. The broadband platform the industry has deployed is a critical part of the infrastructure needed to realize our national ambition to be a great nation in the Information Age. -Michael K. Powell

All facts prove that the Saenuri Party is a group of traitors who stoop to any infamy to realize its ambition to seize power. -Park Geun-hye

In Britain, it's almost as if we're ashamed of having ambition and drive. -Cat Deeley

My one remaining professional ambition is to read the shipping forecast. I live in hope. -Samuel West

But for me, personally, I didn't have any ambitions to become an actor. I'm interested in getting behind the camera. -Danny McBride

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I've had and also the people I've had around me. -Lana Del Rey

You do not have to ladle on the impasto to make a point about human frailty or ambitions. -Alexander McCall Smith

My biggest ambition is to bring together what happens in the real world with what politicians talk about. -Johann Lamont

We must listen and learn, show humility and seek again to talk for and to people's ambitions and concerns. -Johann Lamont

I always thought it'd be fun to write something, but it never was an ambition of mine, per se. -Glenn Howerton

You can't have a discussion about Israel and the region without including Iran and their nuclear ambitions. -Peter MacKay

Am I ambitious? I used to be afraid of that word but now I think ambition is a good thing. -Vera Farmiga

I don't have any ambitions as an actor. I felt very uncomfortable doing it. The first take every day I'd open my mouth and no words would come out. I'd do a couple of takes and eventually I could run the lines. -Evan Glodell

I've always been afraid of video games – not afraid that I wouldn't like them, but that I would like them too much, and that after mere seconds in front of any particularly bright and absorbing game, I would abandon all ambition, turn into a mouth-breathing zombie, and develop a wide, sofa-shaped rear end. -Susan Orlean

I just think my own ambition would not allow me to sit on the gifts that my creator had given me. And so that's when I realized that I could actually go away. -Janelle Monae

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

I had no ambition to become an actor at all. -Danny Huston

I can be intolerably jealous and I think that's what's driven me. My ambition knows no end. -Jonathan Rhys Meyers

There's something very beautiful and compelling about someone who has ambition and someone who knows what they want, but it can get a little frustrating at times, so I understand that. I have sympathy for that. -Michael Ealy

I dated all these girls and ended up not liking them and thought to myself, 'What was it that all of them had in common?' They had too much time on their hands. Even though they were pretty, they lacked something. A woman could be less attractive but with ambition and drive, that's the most beautiful thing. -Wale

I'm fascinated by the journey that an intelligent and an ambitious woman makes in the professional world in contrast to the journey that a man of similar ambition, of similar intelligence makes. What sort of concessions does a woman have to make? Does she have to work 20 percent harder than a man? -Charles Cumming

There's no way a director can communicate with every single person on the set and yet they need to motivate and instill an ambition to want to do their best work. -Kathleen Kennedy

I don't know if Jesus said it in the Bible, but someone said that 'the love of money is the root of all evil,' and I do think there's a correlation between the ambition that a lot of people have, in terms of financial remuneration, and the loss of core values. -Norbert Leo Butz

Because with courage and conviction I believe we can deliver a more flexible, adaptable and open European Union in which the interests and ambitions of all its members can be met. -David Cameron

Ambition is to be the fastest runner on this planet, to be the first on the South Pole, which is a grotesque perversion of ambition. It's an ego trip, and I'm not on an ego trip. I don't have ambitions – I have a vision. -Werner Herzog

I think trying to be cool is the worst possible ambition – and I have never suffered from it. -Ben Elton

My greatest pleasure is to invent. My continual mad ambition is to make something true and beautiful that never existed in the world before. -Peter Carey

Comic-strip artists generally have very modest ambitions. Day to day, we labor to fit together all these little moving parts – a character or two, a few lines of dialogue, framing, pacing, payoff – but we certainly don't think of them adding up over time to some larger portrait of our times. -Garry Trudeau

There's nothing worse than a leader who lacks ambition. -Ruth J. Simmons

I think 'Game of Thrones' was extraordinary. I want to do some period pieces. It would be lovely to tell great stories, that is my main ambition. And to be working with amazing creators. -Stana Katic

You know, I stumble about what I'm going to do. I don't plan. I've never had ambitions. -Bryan Brown

Most of my ambitions were seeded at St. John's. My time there was some of the best time I have spent on Earth thus far. -Burton Cummings

Hackney at certain epochs has given itself suburban airs and graces, before being slapped down and consigned once more to the dump bin of aborted ambition. -Iain Sinclair

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

I didn't have the equipment for the regular world of being a lawyer. I didn't have the imagination for that. I did have a funny kind of ambition, but I didn't know where to put it. -Michael Lindsay-Hogg

My ambition was to be a record producer, and I had started doing that in the late '60s with my work with the MC5 and my friend Livingston Taylor. -Jon Landau

I always had ambition. I always knew I was going to go to college. I could party and do that stuff, but I always got straight A's and a 4.0 and all that. -Miles Teller

Accidents on big mountains happen when people's ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride. -Bear Grylls

With the attention I got on my wealth, I thought I would have become a source of resentment, but it is just the other way around – it just generates that much more ambition in many people. -Azim Premji

One needs more than ambition and talent to make a success of anything, really. There must be love and a vocation. -Jessye Norman

I've always had ambition, and the acting was successful and put my name on the map, but it was never the plan to stop there. -Idris Elba

If you go to Africa and you're white, you're probably not going to get that much work either. But the fact is that there is a longer history of black integration in the U.S. I don't have any resentment about this: I did the maths, calculated it against my ambition and decided to leave England. -Idris Elba

You can' t help being a musician because you've grown up with music, yet being one means being compared to your dad and being slated for it. But I really don't have the ambitions of most people going into the industry. -Dhani Harrison

When I grew up, we didn't have a TV, and I think more families today have ambitions of getting out of their environment, such as sending their children to university. -Robert Winston

What I try to do – I mean 'try,' because you don't get there all the time – is to have impact with content. It's those moments in which you're trying to bring people beyond filmed theater. If I have an ambition, it's that. -Michael Mann

I don't have any ambition to make lots of money or win an Oscar or anything like that. It's not about that for me. -Ben Whishaw

When I was in college, I had only one ambition that one day I would like to be a director. -Yash Chopra

My first career ambitions involved turning into a boy; I intended to be either a railway guard or a knight errant. -Hilary Mantel

The accolades, just like the scrapes and bruises, fade in the end, and all you're left with is your ambition. -Nicole Krauss

I don't want anyone to feel they can't achieve their ambitions if they are dyslexic. -Mollie King

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

Having the ambition of becoming Olympic champion is a whole different ambition from wanting to be the greatest. -Daley Thompson

Although my other ambition was to be a musical theater star (and I would attend college on a voice scholarship), writing was never far from my mind. -Alex Flinn

I probably owe my political dismay to New Labour, but also my growing sense that the satirical shape of human affairs is international and historical, not glued to the tawdry ambitions of a team of politicians who represent nothing but themselves. -Andrew O'Hagan

On every job you do, you've got to raise your game. My ambition is to just get better and better every job you do – you should never stop trying to get better. You have to teach yourself new things – I don't think you necessarily learn them from other people because you have your own style of doing things, but hopefully you get better. -Ray Winstone

Since cancer, I feel like I have dreams rather than ambitions, visions rather than plans. -Eve Ensler

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

In London – and forget those extra public pressures on politicians – the lovely old Sloane world of manor houses simply hasn't cut it since Big Bang in 1986, the point at which Mrs. Thatcher really started to achieve her ambition to make this country more like America – its ambition, economy, it's very tangible measures of success. -Peter York

I have no political ambitions whatsoever. My ambitions are all about what XL can become. -Mike McGavick

Ambition is a very dangerous thing because either you achieve it and your life ends prematurely, or you don't, in which case your life is a constant source of disappointment. You must never have ambition. -Jeremy Clarkson

For reasons that are both fair and foul – but mostly for fair reasons – we have come under the domain of a scientific-management system whose ambitions are endless. They want to manage every second of our lives, every expenditure that we make. And the schools are the training ground to create a population that's easy to manage. -John Taylor Gatto

When I first met my husband, he had a very good job – company car, pension plan, grudging respect from his staff – the lot. I, on the other hand, was badly paid and devoid of ambition. Then I had a couple of books published and confounded all expectations by starting to earn more than he did. -Marian Keyes

It would be suicide in the American academy to show too early an interest beyond your doctoral specialization: charges of everything from charlatanry to ambition would be levied and tenure denied. I've seen this first-hand. -Tony Judt

I applied a lot of the same principles I used in hockey into my acting. I might have had some naive ambitions of making the NHL, but thank God, playing hockey gave me a good foundation for everything else. -Vincent Piazza

I worked in the family business, which was my father's shoe making company that he had inherited from his father, and that led me to become interested in what could be achieved by a great Italian brand. That became my ambition as a young man. -Diego Della Valle

If you want a nation to have space exploration ambitions, you've got to send humans. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

When the Internet first came into public use, it was hailed as a liberation from conformity, a floating world ruled by passion, creativity, innovation and freedom of information. When it was hijacked first by advertising and then by commerce, it seemed like it had been fully co-opted and brought into line with human greed and ambition. -Neil Strauss

People – running from unhappiness, hiding in power – are locked within their reputations, ambitions, beliefs. -Richard Avedon

Even the largest of my dreams and ambitions, I realize with increasing dismay, were puny, measly, compared to the object of my dreaming. I would not say my life to date has been built overmuch of compromise, but still, it surrounds me. -Rick Bass

Families have become models for public life, constructing friendships between individuals of different temperaments, ambitions and ages, even if they are often unsuccessful. People now want, above all, appreciation of their uniqueness. -Theodore Zeldin

One of the great ambitions is to discover the diversity of the world, to discover who inhabits the world. -Theodore Zeldin

It's all about how can you take care of yourself when furthering your life's goals and ambitions, and purpose and whatever you choose – family, career – to maintain a really balanced, whole, healthy outlook. -Abigail Spencer

The Hindu marriage may be described as the union of two families. In this union, there is no room for petty ambitions and personal ego-trips. What is involved is love for the entire family that one is marrying into. -Dada Vaswani

I know no man who feels deeper disgust than I do at the ambition, avarice, and profligacy of the priesthood, as well because every one of these vices is odious in itself, as because each of them separately and all of them together are utterly abhorrent in men making profession of a life dedicated to God. -Francesco Guicciardini

I was four when I announced my ambition to write, eight when I began publishing such claims. -Taiye Selasi

I always try to put myself in the way of surprise as much as possible. My ambition is to keep challenging myself. I like that journey of discovery. -David Morrissey

I don't like guys who are conventional. I'm an achiever; he has to be an achiever. I admire drive, I admire ambition. I like a guy who keeps my on my toes. -Priyanka Chopra

My ambition when I was four years old was to be married. -Priyanka Chopra

I have an ambition to write a great book, but that's really a competition with myself. I've noticed that a lot of young writers, people in all media, want to be famous but they don't really want to do anything. I can't think of anything less worth striving for than fame. -Zadie Smith

I've always had high ambitions and aspirations. -James Dashner

I have very simple ambitions. If I can just not be boring, I'm ahead of the game. It's hard in television. I think you get enormous reward from the audience. Just give them something they didn't see coming, and you get enormous points. -David Nevins

When it comes to storytelling, not taking risks is riskier than swinging for the fences. I have very simple ambitions when it comes to taking risks in storytelling and programming. I try very hard to avoid the expected. -David Nevins

I knew I could sing. That one thing I did believe in was that I could sing, but then constantly getting rejected, it started to get me down. But my voice was always there and my dream and my ambition was always there when I went through bad times. -Rebecca Ferguson

I'm not in the Shakespeare stakes. I have no ambition. -Ian Fleming

My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and given the people a chance to know what real liberty means. And if I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly. -Pancho Villa

We all have ambitions, but only the few achieve. A man thinks of a good thing and says: 'Now if I only had the money I'd put that through.' The word 'if' was a dent in his courage. With character fully established, his plan well thought out, he had only to go to those in command of capital and it would have been forthcoming. -Douglas Fairbanks

The ambitions for Thatgamecompany are very exciting to me. -Mitch Lasky

Whatever you think of Facebook, you cannot fault it for lack of ambition. -Joe Green

Balzac's ambition was to be omnipotent. He would be Michelangelesque, and that by sheer force of minuteness. He exaggerated scientifically, and made things gigantic by a microscopic fulness of detail. -William Ernest Henley

In life, everything just happens, and I believe even before we are born that our role in life has already been determined. My main ambition is to continue to write music, which helps me to evolve in a spiritual sense and hopefully to inspire others. -Gerry Rafferty

I have an ounce of Lady Gaga's full-bodied ambition. -Rufus Wainwright

If ambition is the desire to be the best at what you do, then I'm guilty. -Dave Checketts

A creative writing workshop will contain students whose ambitions and abilities, whose conceptions of literature itself, are so diverse that what they have in common – the desire to write – could almost be considered meaningless. -Rachel Cusk

I don't have a particular ambition in any medium. I just want to keep telling stories. If somebody pays me, also good. -Joss Whedon

My main ambition is to be of use to my country and my people. -Dmitry Medvedev

I have many years to get better and better, and that has to be my ambition. The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player. -Lionel Messi

We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests. -Sheryl Sandberg

Women don't take enough risks. Men are just 'foot on the gas pedal.' We're not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. -Sheryl Sandberg

Beginning with a trip out to Ellis Island, I saw for myself where thousands of European immigrants took their first steps onto American soil, bringing with them nothing but their ambition: people such as Erich von Stroheim and Adolph Zukor. -Paul Merton

To be in the music industry, to be in any kind of entertainment industry, you really, really have to be passionate about it and love it and persevere, because if that passion isn't there, it's easy to give up. If you really want it, the ambition is there, it'll come. It's definitely harder work than some people think. -Alexandra Chando

I'm all for ambition and stretch goals. I set them for myself. But leadership isn't the same as cheerleading. Believing in something is a necessary but absolutely insufficient condition for making it come true. -Margaret Heffernan

I'm no good at anything but comedy, which I think I'm good at. I'm absolutely no good at networking; I'm terrible at acting; I'm terrible at dealing with executives; I'm terrible at collaborating. And I say whatever I want to say. But I think I'm good enough at comedy that I can survive. And I don't really have an ambition for money. -Norm MacDonald

I'm instinctively very suspicious and guarded, and I try to counteract it so much. I find reason allows you to be open, and my only sort of ambition in life is to try and be as open as possible. -James McAvoy

I was lucky to learn early in life that you need money for food and shelter, but there's no ambition in having money in the bank for the sake of it! -Helen McCrory

I have no ambitions to be a pop star. -Iwan Rheon

Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. -Tim Burton

I have goals and ambitions, and I see myself as a lifelong baseball student. I have certain philosophies that I'd like to test at some point at the big league level. The job of manager appeals to me, a coach appeals to me, at a different time frame. -Cal Ripken, Jr.

I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I've had and also the people I've had around me. I want to stay hopeful, even though I get scared about why we're even alive at all. -Lana Del Rey

When I was a kid, I had ambitions for being a television announcer, which was before television took off, you know, in the late '40s. And just through necessity, going out looking for work, I was starting to sing, and dance, and act, and I never expected to do that, nor to have any success at it at least. -Dick Van Dyke

Being kind is the most important thing I've ever been taught. That's what my parents always told me – more important than ambition or success is being kind to people. The cornerstone of my life. What I aspire to is to be kind. -Rafe Spall

My biggest ambition over everything is to have kids. It feels great. I'd love a big family. -Rafe Spall

The terrorists thought they would change my aims and stop my ambitions, but nothing changed in my life except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, power and courage were born. -Malala Yousafzai

My ambition comes from my passion: finding what I love and then expanding on that. -Miranda Kerr

I just think a hustler's ambition is that I never stop. I start off hustling and said I'll never stop hustling. An ambitious hustler is the one to hustle the hustlers. When I grew up, my heroes were hustlers. Now I'm their hero. -Young Jeezy

When I started out, everyone seemed to be adopting these names… Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious. I wasn't really Rotten or Vicious or Nasty, so I wanted something a bit more funny – yet something that seemed real rock 'n' roll… something that acknowledged my ambition. -Billy Idol

I have always had an ambition to do 'Dancing with the Stars.' -Lou Ferrigno

Female ambition is such a complicated thing to play because it is an aggressive quality, and people respond very badly to women exhibiting any kind of aggression. -Romola Garai

My main ambitions, really, are in the theatre. -Romola Garai

When I was 27, I didn't have a clue what was going on! At that age, to have that much power and to have that much ambition is something. -Stephen Graham

There's an appreciation of the whole picture of life as opposed to just ambition and circumstance and all the stuff that happens in this business. You find yourself lucky enough to be working with somebody really talented who you know and who you trust. -Wayne Knight

It's so funny, actors usually have a directing ambition. I've got no ambition for directing. -Majandra Delfino

As a child, I had no idea that I would end up in the film industry. My ambitions changed from wanting to join the army like my grandfather to taking up merchant navy as a career to running for India, and finally, investment banking while I was a student of economics honour. But during my college days, I began to get offers for modelling. -Arjun Rampal

I used to do a little acting in school. It was my first love, and I really thought I would be doing it as a career. I really wanted to complete that part of my ambition. -Jimmy Cliff

I do have ambition – I can dress up for a premiere, get in a limousine, but it's not my life. My life is wearing jeans and tennis shoes and travelling on the metro. I have to do that because otherwise my acting is going to be false. -Caterina Murino

I'd be lying if I said Hollywood wasn't still an ambition; it's everyone's, isn't it? You're getting paid very well, you're working with great actors and great directors – who wouldn't want to be a part of that? But it's not going to break my heart if it doesn't happen. This business is about doing good work rather than how famous it makes you. -Max Beesley

I am so attracted to ambition and drive and talent. If a man loves something and can put his heart into it, I am instantly into him. I like a strong man who can be in control and make decisions but who is sensitive and attentive. That is the perfect combination. -Meaghan Rath

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

I'd like to believe that achieving a leadership position is all about competency, capability and ambition, so I try not to distinguish between the sexes when it comes to giving career advice. -Heather Bresch

In essence, I set myself the objective of doing what I feel is right without having any ambition. -Andrea Bocelli

I feel that if you really want an Oscar, you're in trouble. It's like wanting to be married – you'll take anybody. If you want the Oscar really badly, it becomes a naked desire and ambition. It becomes very unattractive. -Bill Murray

My ambition didn't grow out of nowhere. It was planted in me by a community that nurtured me. -Michael Eric Dyson

My mother was a piano teacher, my father an inventor. He invented the reflective paint they still use on airstrips. They had faith in my ambition, and I think that made all the difference. -Chuck Close

I have only one ambition, which is to be famous. -Robbie Williams

There's that talent thing where I can score goals, and there's also that want and ambition to keep doing it and doing it and doing it. I've seen a lot of players do it for a year and then they rest on their laurels, but I've been very driven throughout my career. Without being the most talented, I think I've tried to make the most of it. -Frank Lampard

My ambition is to get better as an actor. -Ian Mckellen

When you're 20 or 30, looking ahead, you see these benchmarks for relationships, career, ambition, sexuality, and they went off into infinity. When you get to 50, you look at what's ahead of you, and there's an end. It goes into a nothingness, a void. -Tracey Emin

Queen songs tend to be about very personal things: personal dreams and personal ambitions. -Brian May

Talent is always more interesting – ambition is not interesting. If you have talent, you have to find ways of expressing it, but you may not be a success in the world's terms. -Eric Idle

I think that anyone who likes writing views 'The New Yorker' as the, you know, pinnacle of the publishing world. If you get 50 words published in 'The New Yorker,' it's more important than 50 articles in other places. So, would I love to one day write for them? I guess. But that's not my sole ambition. -Lauren Weisberger

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

Even as a kid in drawing class, I had real ambition. I wanted to be the best in the class, but there was always some other feller who was better; so I thought, 'It can't be about being the best, it has to be about the drawing itself, what you do with it.' That's kind of stuck with me. -Damien Hirst

Some documentaries are made by people who are driven more by one particular story, or have different backgrounds or ambitions, but I'm always looking for projects that let me be the best filmmaker I can be, and to be stretched and grow further. -Lucy Walker

It's a rough and tumble game whenever power is involved – people's ambitions, their desires, their competitive spirit will often push them to play outside the rules. It's dramatic, it's interesting, and I think it's something we can all identify with to a degree. -Beau Willimon

Tales of power and ambition and intrigue and betrayal and desire – when you're telling those in a big way, you automatically want to go to Shakespeare. -Beau Willimon

If you really think that ambition, power, lust, desire are not as applicable in the media as in politics or on Wall Street or anywhere else, you're deluding yourself. -Beau Willimon

I had two ambitions: One was to be in The Actors Studio, and the other was to walk into a bar where actors hung out, and everyone would know that I was a professional actor and I would be accepted. -Peter Falk

I didn't consider myself a fashion designer at all at the time of punk. I was just using fashion as a way to express my resistance and to be rebellious. I came from the country, and by the time I got to London, I considered myself to be very stupid. It was my ambition to understand the world I live in. -Vivienne Westwood

I'd rather be thought as an international actress rather than a French one. Because I don't know what's coming up for me, my ambition is not to be typecast. So I'm working on my English accent, as well as my American one. I don't want to be like 'Okay, I'm French, and I want to succeed in Hollywood!' -Eva Green

My biggest ambition when I was younger was to appear on stage at what was then Nimrod, which is the theatre where my father used to take me on Sunday afternoons to see matinees. The most extraordinary things used to occur on that stage. -David Wenham

I think ambition can be having something that you're good at and love to do. -Hilary Duff

When you're in your 20s, your 30s, even, you have – at least, I had – vast ambitions, and you sit around mooning about these things, and you're depressed, because you haven't done them. And it takes you a long time to come to the realization that if you can't be John Updike, well, then, you can't. -Garrison Keillor

Seeking can become stressful when you apply the same laws that you apply in the material world – hard work, exacting plans, driving ambition, and attachment to outcome. -Deepak Chopra

My favorite literary heroine is Jo March. It is hard to overstate what she meant to a small, plain girl called Jo, who had a hot temper and a burning ambition to be a writer. -J. K. Rowling

It was the only ambition I ever had – not to be a dancer or Hollywood movie star, but to be a housewife in a good marriage. -Doris Day

I had this vague notion that one day I might be editor of 'Vogue China.' It was a bizarre ambition, as I didn't speak a word of Chinese. There were flaws in my plan, admittedly. -Katie McGrath

Talent is crucial. It needs to be driven by motivation, but blind ambition isn't the key. -Lily Cole

Marriage was never a dream or an ambition for me. I thank my real mother for the fact that – unlike my sitcom mother – she never put any pressure on me or my sister to marry. -Miranda Hart

I have lots of ambitions. I'd love to do theatre. I'd like to be in 'Tea With Mussolini 2;' I'd like to touch Meryl Streep – which would involve being with her in some exotic location. I have lots of fantastical dreams. -Miranda Hart

We have a lot of pressures on children very young. We have ambition. We over-schedule our children. We want them to have soccer lessons and violin lessons… I think children need to have at least an hour of fun a day. -Julia Cameron

My plan growing up was to leave home and try not to panic. I always knew that to strive to be self-sufficient was an important ambition. -Erin O'Connor

I think my first thought on reaching the summit- of course, I was very, very pleased to be there, naturally – but my first thought was one of a little bit of surprise. I was a little bit surprised that here I was, Ed Hillary, on top of Mt. Everest. After all, this is the ambition of most mountaineers. -Edmund Hillary

I never had a driving ambition to be a star. -Michael Learned

I want to learn to sight-read music. And to play the bass pedals on the organ. Those are my only ambitions. -Paul Shaffer

My childhood ambition was to be an Olympic swimmer like my aunt, but that died a quick death when I discovered other sports. I swam very competitively till I was 15, then I swam for fun until I was 18. But athletics remain a very big part of my life. -Teddy Sears

It's an ugly thing to see ambition and to see people satisfying themselves. -Matthew Weiner

I admire Elliott Carter endlessly. But I have no ambitions to emulate him. -Andre Previn

As an actor, the ambition is to play interesting characters. And in the indie genre world, the budgets are low. That allows me, as an actor, not to have a financial value behind my name, to justify me being in these bigger parts for these types of movies. -A. J. Bowen

When doing family entertainment, you don't actually worry about kids. You know what you can't do. But in terms of sensibility and sophistication and wit and ambition, aim for your own taste level, and kids will – if they're interested in the subject matter – be glad that you did. -Nina Jacobson

In 1979, I moved to England and photographed Joy Division and Bowie and Beefheart. At that time I got images that I felt had that special, well – power is a big word to say – more like intimacy and ambition that outlasted the photo shoot. I felt that they would have a longer life. -Anton Corbijn

There is a big divergence between views on a variety of policy issues from fiscal stimulus to financial regulation. It's my hope and my ambition for the economics profession that as we advance our knowledge, that those discussions will narrow in their focus, and that it will help to have more prudent policy-making down the road. -Lars Peter Hansen

Modeling is a great beginning, but it's also a kind of trap if you have any ambition or a mind that needs to be stimulated. -Maud Adams

American exceptionalism is grounded in the founding of the United States upon an idea, rather than upon the ambitions of men. -Monica Crowley

In the Hillary Clinton model, the wife chooses to support the straying husband while wearing a distressed and presumably pained expression in public. She stays in the marriage as a way to serve both her personal ambition as well as their shared ambition to achieve ever-greater positions of power and influence. -Monica Crowley

My only ambition is to grow as a musician. -Jamie Cullum

I think a lot of people overlook the importance of the menu as a marketing tool and a way of communicating to the customer what the ambition of their restaurant is. Not only the typeface and the design, but what is it printed on? Is it cheap-looking? Is it the right kind of paper for that restaurant? -Joe Bastianich

When I stopped looking at food as a reward or a celebration and began looking at food as energy to fuel my athletic ambitions, that really kind of changed the whole world for me. That was the real 'aha!' moment. -Joe Bastianich

Something happened in the nineties. There was a shift. I don't want to blame it on grunge or the rise of indie – but that was basically it. It was seen as dirty and kind of ignorant to have these ambitions, to want to be a big band. -Brandon Flowers

I have no directing ambition whatsoever. And as long as I meet filmmakers like Tom Hooper, Stephen Frears, and others who allow that collaboration, I can't see why I would ever want to direct. -Peter Morgan

I don't have any great ambition to go out and make money. But I am still fascinated in starting up businesses and starting it in a way and running in a way that I want to do it. -Michael Birch

My message to students is that if you want to become an entrepreneur and save the world, definitely don't skip college. But go to a school that you can afford. You'll be freed from the chains of debt and succeed on your own ambition and merit. -Vivek Wadhwa

The fastest way to get kicked out of a venture capitalist's office is to say that you want to build a business that grows steadily, focuses on employees, and creates wealth over the long term. Entrepreneurs with such ambitions are considered pariahs. -Vivek Wadhwa

I was an aspiring astrophysicist, and that's how I defined myself, not by my skin color. People didn't treat me as someone with science ambitions. They treated me as someone they thought was going to mug them, or who was a shoplifter. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

I don't see anything wrong in someone wanting to be famous or having sky-high ambitions. -Randeep Hooda

When you're 14, 15, and you get together and start making a noise, it is the world opening up. You have that indestructible feeling when you're young. But your ambitions when you are 13 are different when you're 25. By that time, your ambition isn't to be a star anymore; it's to make a living doing music. -Stevie Jackson

In Henry Adams, I discovered not only the prototype of the modern thinker but also someone who is more interesting: a viper-toothed, puling, supercilious crank, thwarted in ambition, aging gracelessly, mad at the cosmos, and ashamed of his own jejune ideals. He is nevertheless very dear to me. -P. J. O'Rourke

I suggest that those groups whose culture and values stress delayed gratification – education, hard work, success, and ambition – are those groups that succeed in America, regardless of discrimination. -Richard Lamm

I live close to Hampstead Heath, so when I do have spare time, I like to raise my white blood cell count with a swim in the men's pond. It's an ambition of mine to swim in the ponds on every day of the year. -Bertie Carvel

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

I had lost my way for some time, so I need to do things that I am happy with. It's not about being the number one heroine or money. It's about doing roles that I enjoy. My biggest ambition is happiness. -Sonam Kapoor

I'm a singer and working on my second album. I write and produce. There is so much more that satisfies me. So there's not just this one ambition to become an American movie star. Because I will never become an American movie star. -Carice van Houten

Who's more likely to succeed – someone with high skill and no ambition, or no skill and high ambition? If you're an entrepreneur, you can hire as many skilled people for your business as you want. -Max McKeown

Communism brought out the worst in human nature and crippled people's ability or ambition to participate in a market economy. -Thomas Woods

Let us recollect that peace or war will not always be left to our option; that however moderate or unambitious we may be, we cannot count upon the moderation, or hope to extinguish the ambition of others. -Alexander Hamilton

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

My husband is a Democrat, and I am a Republican, so our political ambitions are on opposite ends. -Susan Ford

My dream is to make Katihar a model district. I have no personal ambition. -Tariq Anwar

The thing that interests me most about Scotland is how we differ from our neighbours. How do our ambitions differ? What kind of society are we? What can we learn from the mistakes of the past, and how do we position ourselves in the world? -Rory Stewart

The era when the United States was the dominant global power is steadily coming to an end, and it must find a way of acknowledging this and framing its ambitions and interests accordingly. Instead of claiming the right to continuing primacy in east Asia, for example, it should seek to share that primacy with China. -Martin Jacques

Google will be obliged either to accept Chinese regulations or exit the world's largest Internet market, with serious consequences for its long-term global ambitions. This is a metaphor for our times: America's most dynamic company cannot take on the Chinese government – even on an issue like free and open information – and win. -Martin Jacques

Yes, I love the glamour industry. I love the work that I've done so far. But it's not as if I have this biting ambition to be at the top. -Malaika Arora Khan

I think the word for me is survival, not ambition. I'm really a lucky man. I've always accepted whatever I was in, whether it was driving a taxi or entertaining. The jet set might not enjoy what I do, but I deal with the average person. -Don Ho

My mother always tells me that when I was a little kid, my first ambition was to be a truck driver, and after that, I went through everything from wanting to be a Prime Minister to an air hostess, but never an actor. So I became one, and it was a great journey. I learnt a lot, worked very hard. -Preity Zinta

What would rock and roll be without ambition, craziness, danger, and fun? -Pete Wentz

My primary ambition is to be a fiction writer… Being a critic wasn't an aspiration of mine. -Walter Kirn

For several decades, I believed it was necessary to be extraordinary if you wanted to write, and since I wasn't, I gave up my ambition and settled down to a life of reading. -Diane Setterfield

There are points in your life, especially if you have creative ambitions, where selfishness is necessary. -Kris Kristofferson

Service is a deceptively profound way to prove not only what you can do for the world, but what you can tell the world to expect from you and your ambitions. -Chelsea Clinton

If I had one singular galvanizing ambition in life, I would try to reverse engineer toward it, but I don't. -Chelsea Clinton

I find myself really privileged to be able to go in and look at a set that the likes of Hollywood can provide, and say, 'My God, look at the craftsmanship in this; look at the ambition in it, the scale of it.' -Brendan Gleeson

I think there are lots of ways to exercise ambition and accomplish things using leadership without going into elected politics. So, categorically, I have no intention of going into elected politics. None. -Chris Hadfield

Philly gave me my ambition and drive to get more. It's a reminder to stay on top of my game. That's not a place I want to go back to. -Meek Mill

I was not pushed into the business by anything other than my own ambition and my own dream of wanting to act. -Tina Majorino

Three and a half years in L.A. was enough for me. I would love to go back for short bursts if a film opportunity came up, but it's a unique place, and you can reach saturation point. For me it was a place where creative desire and ambition meets desperation. It's in the air; it's palpable – I just didn't want to be around that. -Darren Boyd

I've been lucky enough to have fulfilled so many ambitions, and gone way past anything I ever thought I would do. I could never have imagined the career that I've had with the Foo Fighters – playing stadiums and having songs on the radio. It's amazing, and my goal is really just to carry on playing. -Taylor Hawkins

From the very beginning, I had an ambition for 'The Luminaries': a direction – but not a real idea. -Eleanor Catton

Kindle Worlds is a clever way to monetize a formerly underground trend, and to enable its participants to be remunerated. But it will be of no interest to writers with any literary ambition, as its constraints are designed to stymie even the most rudimentary impulses – even the first flickering of a dangerous originality. -Russell Smith

I've tried to recognize my wife's individuality, her personality, her desires, her background, her ambitions. -Gordon B. Hinckley

My wife once said that one of her great ambitions was to walk down the streets of Hong Kong with her children. So we all went to Asia on one occasion. Then she said she'd like to walk down the streets of Jerusalem with her children. So we arranged our family finances and all went to Jerusalem. -Gordon B. Hinckley

When I was in college, I wanted to be editor of 'Reason' when I grew up. It was an impractical ambition, especially since the magazine was located in Santa Barbara, way off any journalist's normal career path. -Virginia Postrel

The Y2K bug is a genuine technical concern, consuming the energies of many specialists. But the prophecies of doom represent a broader worldview using the bug as a news hook. In this vision, the good society is a stable society, undisrupted by innovation, ambition or outside influences. -Virginia Postrel

Personal ambition is 'I want to be CEO.' Greater vision ambition is, 'I want to lead this company so that people want to work here.' -Srikumar Rao

We spend most of our lives cutting down our ambitions because the world has told us to think small. Dreams express what your soul is telling you, so as crazy as your dream might seem – even to you – I don't care: You have to let that out. -Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

Raising ambition in 2014 is crucial for arriving at a meaningful climate agreement in 2015. -Ban Ki-moon

Fiction's essential activity is to imagine how others feel, what a Saturday afternoon in an Italian town in the 2nd Century looked like. My ambition is solely to get some effect, as of light on stone in a forest on a September day. -Guy Davenport

Thank the Lord for a mother who was a general as well as a Latter-day Saint; who realized that it was a remarkable and splendid thing to encourage a boy to do something besides perhaps milking cows if he was on a farm, if he had ambitions along athletic lines. -Heber J. Grant

If you have ambitions, dream of what you wish to accomplish, and then put your shoulder to the wheel and work. -Heber J. Grant

I'm comfortably asocial – a hermit in the middle of a large city, a pessimist if I'm not careful, a feminist, a black, a former Baptist, an oil-and-water combination of ambition, laziness, insecurity, certainty and drive. -Octavia E. Butler

The main threads running through the lives of W. A. Clark and his daughter Huguette include the costs of ambition, the burdens of inherited wealth, the fragility of reputation, the folly of judging someone's life from the outside, and the tension between engaging with the world, with all its risks, and keeping a safe distance from danger. -Bill Dedman

With the common Iranian threat bringing the Sunni Arab world and Israel closer together, an Israeli-Palestinian peace would go a long way in improving relations and rebuffing Iran's regional ambitions. -Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

People who think that Sylvia Plath was a poor, sensitive poet are not getting that she had great amounts of ambition and anger that moved her along, or she wouldn't have been able to fight against that depression to produce such an incredible body of work by the age of thirty. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

The lifelong health problems of John F. Kennedy constitute one of the best-kept secrets of recent U.S. history – no surprise, because if the extent of those problems had been revealed while he was alive, his presidential ambitions would likely have been dashed. -Robert Dallek

Without Ataturk's vision, without his ambition and energy, without his astonishing boldness in sweeping away traditions accumulated over centuries, today's Turkey would not exist, and the world would be much poorer. -Stephen Kinzer

Has there ever been a dance career with more ups and downs than Twyla Tharp's? Or with more varied ambitions? Or larger ambition? -Robert Gottlieb

I don't have any massive ambitions to be a movie star. -Holliday Grainger

I'm supporting the School for Creative Startups because the project's ambition – to boost innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship – is something I feel strongly about. -Natalie Massenet

My personal ambition remains the same – to be creative, to be modern, to stay one step ahead, to enjoy life. -Natalie Massenet

I have no real ambition or strategy. If this was all to finish, it's totally fine. There's a lot more to do out there than put on silly frocks and shout for a living. I could always go back to, 'Would you like soup with that?' -Michelle Gomez

When I decided to run for Congress, I saw it as an opportunity to serve the South Jersey community that had become my home after signing to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. I didn't choose public service out of political ambition or a desire for power, and never once thought of making a career of it. -Jon Runyan

I wasn't the typical pageant girl – I was a little more nerdy, and they gave me a voice. I created the Queen of the Universe pageant, which is charity-based, to benefit UNESCO. For me, the most important thing is that contestants have a charity-based platform or charity ambition. -Joyce Giraud

I went to theatre school for four years and just wanted to do theatre. I had no ambition to be on TV or to be on camera. I just wanted to go to New York or London and be on stage… I did a lot of theatre in Montreal, got involved in TV in Toronto and then moved to L.A. I hope that film and TV will take me back to theatre. -Sasha Roiz

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

I guess I don't have the cut-throat ambition that some other actresses have. I don't know how good that is for my career, but I know how good that is for me as a person. And to me, that's much more important. -Summer Phoenix

I originally wanted to be a pop star. I wanted to be Kylie Minogue. My dad thought that was a very silly ambition and introduced me to drama classes. Once I became fixated on that, there was no stopping me. -Ashley Madekwe

I haven't got ambitions. Actually, I'm determined not to die until I get very old. I want to be a great-great-great-grandmother. -Charlotte Rampling

The Champions League is a big ambition, and all the footballers want to play in it; it is a very important competition. -Fernando Torres

The biggest ambition in my career is still to win the European Cup. I want to have a picture of that to look at later; I want to have that medal. You can have a contract that is better than your friends, but no player looks back and says: 'I won more money.' -Fernando Torres

I think I've always been ambitious. It just looks different on me. You know, I have friends who are actresses who go to every party they possibly can to be photographed and really try to make every connection they can, and I admire that and sometimes I wish I had a little bit more of that. Sometimes I feel like I don't have enough ambition. -Jessica Pare

I'm essentially the result of other people's imagination. And that's fine. Because of other people's imagination, I've played parts I would never have thought I could do. Still, I've never had a hankering or an ambition for any particular role. -John Hurt

My unrealized ambition is to tend my vines, produce wine, and work like an artisan. I dream of rediscovering the old traditions and customs of wine growing, not necessarily to deny the technology which we have today, but to harness it and work in harmony with nature. -Gerard Depardieu

Anybody who has political ambition has an Achilles heel. -James Callis

There can be many reasons to travel, but wandering into the world for no particular reason is a sublime madness, which in all its whimsy and pointlessness may depict the story of life – and indeed could be a useful model to keep in mind, seeing as so much of life's ambition comes unstuck or leads to nothing much at all. -Michael Leunig

Things that I consider bad qualities, I always try and figure out where they are coming from. I don't consider ambition to be a bad one. It's served me very well in my life. Very well. -Rob Lowe

I never get bored talking about themes dealing with ambition, leadership and what it means to be an American. I love that stuff. I just love it. I've loved it ever since I was on 'The West Wing.' -Rob Lowe

I was happy when I got into film school. I'd simply satisfied my ambition to show them that I could get in – nothing else – although I do believe they shouldn't have accepted me. I was a complete idiot. I can't understand why they took me. Probably because I'd tried three times. -Krzysztof Kieslowski

Inflammatory passion and selfish interest characterizes most men, whereas ambition characterizes men who pursue and hold national office. Such men rise from the people through a process of self-selection, since politics is a dirty business that discourages all but the most ambitious. -Tom Cotton

My first ambition was to be an animator for Walt Disney. Then I wanted to be a magazine cartoonist. -John Updike

It's not my ambition to be a big star. -Kate Bush

When you've accomplished a certain amount in your career, you're not so focused on your ambitions. -Michael Douglas

I know many people who are actually queasy about the idea that their kids may harbour sporting ambitions. -Sebastian Coe

My first real experience of ambition was as party leader. It was my ambition for Labour to win, in which event I would be prime minister. -Neil Kinnock

There are politicians who seethe with ambition all the time, and there are a lot of other politicians who don't. I'm in the second category, that's all. -Neil Kinnock

I would love to continue working on animated films. Yeah, those are my ambitions. No doubt. -Carlos Ponce

My own musical ambitions were born when I was five, watching the Ed Sullivan Show on TV. When Elvis Presley burst on to the screen, singing 'Don't Be Cruel,' I felt my first sexual thrill, though I didn't know what it was at the time. -Suzi Quatro

There's a lot of obsession about people's personal ambitions. -Jeb Bush

I've never been interested enough to have a career trajectory. I've never had any ambition or thought of what I should be doing or had any idea of what I'd like to do. Never. And still don't. And if something comes along, I say 'Fine.' -Joanna Lumley

I'm not in denial about technology, but my mother used to say when I was a kid, 'Son, you're handless,' because I couldn't fix anything. My ambition is to be a Luddite. -Stephen Rea

I look for people who have drive, who have ambition, who are humble. I've hired many people at very strange places. -Tony Fernandes

There are a lot of people who go to Washington or go to their state houses with a personal ambition in mind. -Mitt Romney

I have ambitions to set records which will be hard to chase down, like getting more than 100 caps for Ireland. -Brian O'Driscoll

Because kids are physically smaller, there's an assumption by people who haven't read a kids' book for a long time that their ideas and themes and problems and ambitions must be commensurately smaller and less important. I would venture that sometimes the opposite is true. -Morris Gleitzman

When I was only eleven years old, I decided to become a writer. I told this ambition in a letter to Laura Ingalls Wilder; the die was cast. How could I go back on my word? -Sonia Levitin

There's never been a game plan, and I suppose I've had an uneasy relationship with my ambition. Someone who had been in my year at drama school once said to me that I was terrifyingly ambitious back then. Which was not at all what I felt at the time – I felt paralysed with shyness, though that evaporated. -Jennifer Ehle

My ambition is to do what I like and to do good things that I might not have done before. -Martin Freeman

If you want to make films, you'll watch Kurosawa. If you want to play a violin, you listen to Seghetti. Same with somebody who has the ambition to play in the NBA. I watch a basketball game; I enjoy it. Somebody who really wants to learn to play is studying whatever is most magnificent that's going on out there. -Robert Pinsky

My early ambitions were the same as they are now – to play for Manchester United. I was, and still am, football mad. -James Nesbitt

It is not wealth, it is not station, it is not social standing and ambition which can make us worthy of the Jewish name, of the Jewish heritage. To be worthy of them, we must live up to and with them. We must regard ourselves their custodians. -Louis D. Brandeis

We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity. -Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I found that female pathfinders generally integrate characteristics commonly associated with being women – like the capacity to be intimate – with 'male' ones like ambition and courage. -Gail Sheehy

If you have a burning ambition and desire, absolutely anything can be achieved. -Jahangir Khan

I love what I do, and I'm not doing anything either for money or for the sake of some unfulfilled ambition. -Persis Khambatta

When you do a record like 'Talk,' and you're happy with it, and it reaches your ambitions and then doesn't sell as well as you wanted, it kind of takes the wind out of your sails a little. -Trevor Rabin

Mostly, in song writing, my experience is that there isn't so much inspiration as hard work. You sit there for hours, days and weeks with a guitar and piano until something good comes. But the urge to write is something you have to have. A conviction, an ambition to write and never stop until you think, 'This is the best I can do.' -Bjorn Ulvaeus

I would like to stress this point undoubtedly: France sees the Arab Spring as auspicious. The Arab Spring holds out tremendous hope – hope for democracy and the rule of law, hope for peace and stability, hope for better future in which every person can pursue goals commensurate with his or her needs, talents and ambitions. -Alain Juppe

I'm not – I'm not a person looking for money. I have no political ambitions whatsoever. I don't seek power. I don't seek any kind of praise. I have no ego to fulfill. -Carl Paladino

It's hard to look inside a person to answer a question about why anybody wants to be president. I suppose a combination of ambition, ego, and a real feeling that he could make a difference and could accomplish some things. All you ever had to do for Jimmy Carter was to tell him something was impossible, and he would usually do it. -Hamilton Jordan

I had immense ambition to become a really valuable actress. -Luise Rainer

I remember once Robert Taylor invited me to lunch. I asked him, 'What is your ambition?' He said, 'I want to have 10 very good suits.' -Luise Rainer

To say directing was a long-stewing ambition doesn't cover it. If you cut me open, you'd see it. -Michael Keaton

We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I stand in the way of no one's ambition. I only ask that no one stand in the way of the people's well being and the nation's progress. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

In the early days, I had everything to prove. A very working class lad with a burning ambition. A very crude way of measuring success is how much you are worth. -John Caudwell

Knowing that my ancestry had all been quite wealthy and owned their own businesses probably left me with the ambition to replicate what they'd done. -John Caudwell

In essence, the Thai people are not materialistic at all. They're not in the least driven by the kind of ambition that drives us. The more I got to know them, and the more time I spent with them, the more I understood that this was a totally legitimate attitude to life, and why not? -John Burdett

You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition. -Michel Onfray

I don't even think in terms of ambition. -Kevin Spacey

It's a really wonderful thing to focus your life on something other than your own personal career and ambition. -Kevin Spacey

It's interesting when you wind up distilling all your ambitions and your goals and dreams into one single person. It's giving that person a lot of power. -Damien Chazelle

I do love doing action, but if I can balance the scale by doing other kinds of films that satisfy my creative ambitions, that feels really important. -Jai Courtney

To be given a lead role in something as cool and fresh and crazy as 'Spartacus' was a real thrill. That had a lot to do with the evolution of my ambition as well. -Jai Courtney

America was born in outrageous ambition, so bold as to be improbable. The deprived, the oppressed, the powerless from all over the globe came here with little more than the desire to realize themselves. -Mario Cuomo

I have always been driven by the ambition to solve every problem I face, whether as a scientist, engineer or entrepreneur. -Martin Winterkorn

I've experienced love and ambition and desire in my life, but never in the same way as in a family. -Claire Denis

I never wanted to be an actress. I didn't have any ambition in that area. -Pattie Boyd

I am there to entertain. I call my work high escape fiction; it's high, it's good – but it's escape, and I have no delusions about that. I have no ambition to be a serious writer, whatever that means. -Alan Furst

For a long time, I didn't think I wanted to live in the Ozarks or write about the region. It seemed to be a sure recipe for obscurity, and to be obscure was not my conscious ambition. -Daniel Woodrell

My father once told me when I was a young girl that I was destined to do great things. His belief in my abilities and ambition is rooted deeply in the spirit of Malawians; resilient and determined for a better Malawi and a better Africa. -Joyce Banda

Throughout my career, I have been confronted with people who have doubted my ability to achieve the dreams and ambitions distilled into my soul by my father. -Joyce Banda

People go into science out of curiosity, not to win awards. But scientists are human and have ambitions. -Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

How do you make it to the top when all you have is ambition and talent? You believe in yourself and surround yourself with other idealistic and talented friends that fuel each other and push against the establishment to take you seriously. -Tamra Davis

The Hollywood image of the movie business is all about ambition and high achievers like James Cameron. But the British film industry is much more about men who wear cravats and work with model trains and hope another series of 'Thomas the Tank Engine' will be commissioned. -Peter Capaldi

It's good to test yourself and develop your talents and ambitions as fully as you can and achieve greater success; but I think success is the feeling you get from a job well done, and the key thing is to do the work. -Peter Thiel

Some of the brightest and best women in our society are stifled in their ambitions. -Nicola Sturgeon

I bow to no one in my ambition to see Glasgow be as successful as it possibly can be. -Nicola Sturgeon

I've always affirmed, nobody's ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian. -Goodluck Jonathan

When I was really young, I wanted to grow up and be the sun. Which shows an early penchant for ambition or narcissism or grandiosity or delusion – all of which are bellwethers for becoming a writer. -Gayle Forman

What you need to do in conflict resolution is to bring the people who believe that the answer to their political ambitions will be achieved through violence into a frame of mind that they accept that their political ambitions will be delivered by politics. -Des Browne

My parents were avid readers. Both had ambitions to write that had been abandoned early in life in order to get on with life. -Rodman Philbrick

My goal always is to tell a universal story, meaning it's about a person who has an idea, a vision, a dream, an ambition to make the world somewhat less chaotic. -Irving Stone

Russia – having sat across the table from Vladimir Putin, it's pretty clear when you meet him that he has an almost limitless ambition for power. And he's been very good at acquiring it – political power, economic power, military power, territorial power. -Carly Fiorina

The idea of accumulating ambitions or achievements didn't get much further than wanting to do the next exciting thing. I really haven't set out with any list of achievements. -Kenneth Branagh

When I was 13, I forged my date of birth so that I could get a Saturday job at Woolworth's, earning £1 3s 6d for the day. But my real ambition was to do something in the music world – or, at least, close to it. -Richard Desmond

We all ran barefooted on the dusty roads in our past, but now the Emperor wears shoes, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the barefooted child and the doting mother are afforded a holistic environment to realise their dreams and ambitions. -Anthony Carmona

TV has a three storyline structure, but 'The Killing' takes on that structure with such ambition. -David Hewson

Revenge, lust, ambition, pride, and self-will are too often exalted as the gods of man's idolatry; while holiness, peace, contentment, and humility are viewed as unworthy of a serious thought. -Charles Spurgeon

If you would attract good fortune, you must get rid of doubt. As long as that stands between you and your ambition, it will be a bar that will cut you off. You must have faith. No man can make a fortune while he is convinced that he can't. -Orison Swett Marden

Every man must play the part of his ambition. If you are trying to be a successful man, you must play the part. -Orison Swett Marden

The grandest ambition that any man can possibly have is to so live and so improve himself in heart and brain as to be worthy of the love of some splendid woman; and the grandest ambition of any girl is to make herself worthy of the love and adoration of some magnificent man. -Robert Green Ingersoll

Regardless of our ambitions to become part of the E.U., we have to keep in mind that Turkey is also a very strong voice that can represent the needs of our region in wider terms in global platforms. -Igor Luksic

As a Scot, representing a Scottish constituency for almost the past 25 years, I do not harbour an overweening ambition to pronounce on each and every matter exclusively English. -Charles Kennedy

I love the perspective afforded by having lived five decades, a degree of bemused and muted calm, a relief from the insistent demands of a turbulent ego and rampant ambition. I'd love to stay here forever. But something tells me that 50 is a sunny idyll, a temporary state of grace, a golden afternoon. -Kate Christensen

I was utterly without worldly ambition because I knew that all that was needed for a rich, full life was a few shillings a week with which to buy SF magazines and beer. -Bob Shaw

My writing process is such that a story will be in my head for awhile, and I'll start making notes on my computer. I create character sheets that include a character's past, fears, goals and ambitions. -Tracie Peterson

There's a national ambition, a collective, in a sense, political ambition, which I think is the thing we see from far away. That's the fact that China's building roads and airports and extending its reaches out into the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and in a way that's putting it into some tension with its neighbors. -Evan Osnos

By tradition, Beijing is a city of walls, sheltering its intrigues and ambitions behind a series of concentric barriers from the Great Wall down to courtyard homes that draw sunlight only from the gardens at their core. -Evan Osnos

I guess my ambition is simply to keep doing what I'm doing for as long as I can. -Kristan Higgins

I didn't start off as a journalist; I started off as a poet. My ambition was to practise poetry. Then I found journalism, but that other voice never fled from me. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

I would say if you do have ambitions, don't just wait around. Go out and make yourself as well-qualified as possible so you can take that rare opportunity when it comes along. -David Mackay

I'm big on setting goals, but I also think that if you have too many lofty ambitions and set goals for everything, you can sabotage your efforts by overextending your brain. -Jean Chatzky

I stare out the window and reflect on the similarity between writing and saving a life and the inevitable failure of one's imagination and one's goals and ambitions to create a character or a life worth saving. -Miriam Toews

'Keeper' is about fathers, ultimately. and also conservation, commitment and ambition. -Mal Peet

Generally speaking, it has been my ambition to write as a good old nurse will speak when she tells fairy tales. -Joseph Jacobs

It is not sufficient for the young to devote their enthusiasm, their courage, their ambition, their self-sacrifice to the great ideas of the time; the young must not only preserve but increase their powers if they are to be really equal to their eternal task: that of drawing the age in advance. -Ellen Key

It's not part of my ambition to become fabulously rich. My plan was always to make my pictures, and hopefully people would buy them, and then I'd buy a studio, buy a house, help friends out, do bits and bobs – but I've no idea after that. -Gary Hume

I'm not an ambitious person, there is no ambition in my life. I have a mission in my life. And my mission is to serve my country. And when I am working for my state, it means I am working for my country, or my nation. -Narendra Modi

I think both running and science reflect certain character traits. I have endurance, patience, and ambition. I'm willing to work hard toward a goal, to push myself and overcome limits. Running and science both let me express these traits. -Wolfgang Ketterle

I have absolutely no ambition. My goal has already been exceeded. -Shamir

I just do my work, and I work every day, and my ambition is just to do something better than I last did. -Patti Smith

One of our daughters is now a physician; another is a vice president of a major entertainment company; and the third is a clinical therapist. They place no limits on their ambitions, but for them, those ambitions also have had to fit within the context of having children. -Tom Brokaw

I'm not somebody with over-weening ambition. -Jeremy Corbyn

I remember sitting on a bench in New York and sobbing and realising that my ambition to be a singer was making me selfish – I was a mother with two children, and I needed a backup plan. -Rebecca Ferguson

Perhaps it's because a writer lives in Brooklyn that he'd want to get away from it. It can be very sustaining, this community of writers – sometimes it's the feeling of many hands giving you a boost. But all that identical ambition can be choking, too. The many hands slide up to your throat. -Darin Strauss

I'm not one of those people who had a burning passion for 'Peter Pan' all my life. Although I can't remember a time when I didn't know the story, I didn't carry around with me an ambition to one day write the sequel. -Geraldine McCaughrean

I had always wanted to retell a Shakespeare play. It was an ambition from college days. But in order to be able to do it… the circumstances in my life didn't come together for a long time. -Chris Adrian

When I was young, my ambitions were very modest. I thought, 'If only I could play at the battle of the bands at the Y, that would be the culmination of existence!' And then the roller rink, and you work your way up branch by branch. -Neil Peart

There are a lot of goals and ambitions that I have in life, things I want to accomplish. Who knows? I mean – it could be politics one day. I want to have a life that can help people. -Tim Tebow

Science means constantly walking a tightrope between blind faith and curiosity; between expertise and creativity; between bias and openness; between experience and epiphany; between ambition and passion; and between arrogance and conviction – in short, between an old today and a new tomorrow. -Heinrich Rohrer

There's no Hollywood tradition of maybe not telling people that you're gay to protect your future ambitions. The YouTube world is a little unprecedented. I think what people are seeing is that the more true to yourself you are, the more an audience will connect with you. -Tyler Oakley

'Titanic' made me want to tell stories… To have all these characters and costumes and have ambition and think big and have dreams… It came at a very troubled period of my life. -Xavier Dolan

Most people try to avoid cliches. It's my ambition in life to try to get 'em right! -Philip Schultz

The ambition of 'Ten Thousand Saints,' Eleanor Henderson's debut novel about a group of unambitious lost souls, is beautiful. In nearly 400 pages, Henderson does not hold back once: she writes the hell out of every moment, every scene, every perspective, every fleeting impression, every impulse and desire and bit of emotional detritus. -Stacey D'Erasmo

People can say I am a terrible role model because I swear all the time or that I fight people. Look, I don't want little girls to have the same ambitions as me. I want them to know that it is O.K. to be ambitious. I want them to know that it is O.K. to say whatever it is that is on their mind. -Ronda Rousey

Peace is, indeed, our policy. A kind Providence has cast our lot on a portion of the globe sufficiently vast to satisfy the most grasping ambition, and abounding in resources beyond all others, which only require to be fully developed to make us the greatest and most prosperous people on earth. -John C. Calhoun

Defender of the liberty that I idolize, myself more free than anyone, in coming as a friend to offer my services to this intriguing republic, I bring to it only my frankness and my good will; no ambition, no self-interest; in working for my glory, I work for their happiness. -Marquis de Lafayette

Do not calculate what I have done, for I shall accept no recompense. Calculate the public advantage, the welfare and liberty of my country, and believe that I shall refuse no burden, no danger, provided that, at the hour of tranquillity, I may return to private life, for there now remains but one step for my ambition – that of arriving at zero. -Marquis de Lafayette

Let not ambition take possession of you; love the friends of the people, but reserve blind submission for the law and enthusiasm for liberty. -Marquis de Lafayette

We want an Afghanistan that is shaped by the dreams of the great Afghan people, not by irrational fears and overreaching ambitions of others. -Narendra Modi

One of the occupational hazards of reviewing year-end biopics with Oscar ambitions is pointing out discrepancies between the real subjects and their on-screen avatars. -Richard Corliss

'Chef' is a dish of arroz con pollo served with a smile but not much style. The critic in the film would give it a low grade, for agreeability without ambition. -Richard Corliss

I love entertaining people; I strive to make them feel good, and they make me feel wonderful. To explain it simply, I like what I do, and my ambition is to get better as I get older. That's really what I'm all about. -Tony Bennett

I feel like there is a part of me that represents a minority in the U.S., a minority around the world. People who struggle, people who want to succeed with drive and ambition. -Shakira

I don't size up their grades or their board scores. Because in America today, that's just an advantage certain people have. I size up the give and take, the speed of thinking, what I perceive as ambition. I say, 'Tell me about your high school jobs.' And I love people who worked in coffee shops who were waiters and waitresses. -Mickey Drexler

If you get someone right out of college – and I meet a lot of them – you're not going to get a lot of experience at all, so you have to feel the ambition and desire, which is based on a lot of factors. -Mickey Drexler

I rejected the traditional notion of 'women's work,' but I never thought of my early ambitions in a feminist way, exactly. Primarily I rebelled against apathy and limited education. I was rejecting a whole way of life that I thought trapped everyone. -Bobbie Ann Mason

It will be up to Congress to check the president's ambition of committing the U.S. to an international green scheme that will produce little or no return. -John Barrasso

I have an enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. -Newt Gingrich

I don't look in the mirror and see a president of the United States. I don't have that ambition. -Sherrod Brown

When I was a kid, I could draw, and my ambition was to be a cartoonist. I wanted to draw comics. But I also liked newspaper comics. -Pete Hamill

Barring public demand, any person who pursues the presidency out of personal ambition must be suffering from a basic genetic defect. -Miriam Defensor-Santiago

L.A. can make you feel like you've already made it. You're living off 40 dollars a week; it's nice weather. You go outside on your bike; you go to the coffee shop, and everybody is doing nothing. It doesn't leave a lot of room for ambition. -Tobias Jesso, Jr.

Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present. -Paul Kalanithi

My main ambition as a teenager was to somehow resurrect the dark-minded writer Franz Kafka and become his girlfriend. -Amy Gerstler

You don't need a four-year college degree if you have burning ambition or a great plan. -Alan Gerry

If we are going to realise our ambition of ending the harmful practices of FGM and forced marriage, the role of young people in pushing for change is crucial. We also need to ensure that everyone, from government to civil society, is playing their part. -Theresa May

My ambition with connectivity is not to fly balloons in the national airspace of other countries, but my dream is to be able to enable the local entrepreneurs to have low-cost connectivity solutions. -Satya Nadella

I didn't have any ambition to be president. It was fate. The people found me. -Benigno Aquino III

When I was a kid, I had ambitions for being a television announcer, which was before television took off, you know, in the late '40s. -Dick Van Dyke

I wanted to publish a book simply to be buried with it; that's all I wanted. I had no ambition beyond that. -Edith Pearlman

I can't imagine that I would be the person I am today if, over the last seven years, I had been married to somebody who didn't feel 100 percent comfortable with my drive, my ambition, my interest in thinking big and swinging for the fences. -Ivanka Trump

Marrying Jared was the best decision I've ever made. You realize in life, not that many things matter that much, but your choice of a spouse is everything. We're truly partners – he supports my work and my ambitions. I know that he's always got my back, and I've got his. -Ivanka Trump

In Russian, ambition is a bad word. It's arrogant. -Eugene Shvidler

I don't want to be obnoxious with my ambition or sound like I expect any sort of entitlement here. Hollywood is not in the business of humoring people. -Jason Bateman

We must not allow the Iranian regime to use the nation's vast energy resource as a financial pipeline for its nuclear ambitions. -Ted Deutch

It is no surprise that companies do not often respond to moral pressure alone. We need to hit them hard in their pocketbook and on their balance sheet. We need to show them that their stock prices will be affected if their actions encourage Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions. -Ted Deutch

I'm a proud New Zealander, and I represent Paralympics New Zealand. I love what I do, and I do it because I love it. The passion is unbelievable in every race I do. I have the ambition to change things outside the pool, too. -Sophie Pascoe

You should run your life not by the calendar but how you feel, and what you're interests are and ambitions. -John Glenn

Old folks have dreams and ambitions too, like everybody else. Don't sit on a couch someplace. -John Glenn

My ambition has always been to work with English and American actors and directors. Those were the movies that I was watching when I was growing up. -Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

For a rapper as well-known as Drake, there remains an essential element of mystery about him. For one so open, there's a distance, and he prefers it that way. But then there's something beneath the exterior that reveals itself with urgency in conversation: Drake's raw ambition. -Michael Paterniti

I think, because I started Virgin when I was a teenager, it has become a part of me, like my family, and I am motivated by ambition for it, almost as if it were a child. -Richard Branson

I am the product of hustlers who taught me how to do it. They gave me a hustler's ambition. Not a bad thing to get from your parents. But hustling only gets you so far. You have to trust yourself. And you have to be ready to fall on your face and be okay when it happens. -Jay Pharoah

What's a better foundation for drama? You have power, you have ambition, you have sex… that's the stuff of drama. -Leslie Odom, Jr.

Unless we get serious about addressing Iran's regional ambitions in places like Syria, then our allies are never going to be confident that we have a strategy for the region. -Tom Cotton

The loser, the fool, is embraced in England because there is a recognition of silliness there that allows a person to keep his ambitions and desires at a certain distance. Just being in the race is enough. -Roger Rees

My ambition is to sit behind a desk and work. -Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

My first ambition was to be a show jumper. I did a bit of dressage as part of it, and the dressage trainer saw me and said, 'Why are you wasting your time with the other stuff? You should be concentrating on this.' -Charlotte Dujardin

My stupid ambition is to make a film that's not like any other – one that has its own kind of logic and hooks viewers without making them think too much. It's a film I'd love to see, one in which after 10 minutes the audience isn't able to predict the whole thing. -Pawel Pawlikowski

I think religion is as flawed an enterprise as any other human endeavor, but the interests and ambitions of religion are the right interests and ambitions. -Scott Derrickson

When one's greatest 'world stage' ambition is a non-voting seat on the U.N. Security Council five years down the road, one would not want to say anything to hurt the feelings of the veto holders in Moscow or Beijing. We get it. But let's at least be honest about all this, please. Enough of the 'Canada is back' slogans already. -Terry Glavin

My ambitions are less important than my well-being. My children come first. -Margherita Missoni

I have no burning ambitions, and I can honestly say the thing I love most is 'Bake Off.' That will always come first. -Mary Berry

How are the faculties of man to be best developed and his happiness secured? The state of a king is not favorable to this, nor the state of the noble and rich men of the earth. All this is artificial life, the inventions of vanity and grasping ambition, by which we have spoiled the man of nature and of pure, simple, and undistorted impulses. -William Godwin

Our goals, our dreams and ambitions have always been towards performing live music across the globe, and so when we were told we were performing at The Billboard Awards or being nominated for a VMA, they're like extra bonuses. -Lukas Forchhammer

We need people who dream impossible things, who maybe fail, sometimes succeed, but in any case who have that ambition. -Emmanuel Macron

I love my work, but my home life is so fulfilling that I don't tend to be driven by work ambitions. -Jane Goldman

I learned so much in Zimbabwe, in particular about the need for humility in our ambition to extend mental health care in countries where there were very few psychiatrists and where the local culture harboured very different views about mental illness and healing. These experiences have profoundly influenced my thinking. -Vikram Patel

I always had ambitions to work in the U.K. I just never thought it was gonna happen so soon. So I think, obviously, I wouldn't have gotten 'The Riot Club' if I wasn't in England. I wouldn't have gotten 'Pride' if I hadn't done 'The Riot Club.' And so maybe I would just have been on a totally different trajectory, but who knows? -Ben Schnetzer

I just wanted to play tennis. It wasn't a job. It was an ambition. I knew I could make money at it. I was 18 – old enough to think I could do it, young enough not to consider the consequences. -Martina Navratilova

To Than Shwe, a kingdom in return for the eternal soul is just the right egregious trade-off. Than Shwe is a general who carries the light of unbounded ambition. -Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The idea of a book that can make a change to your life, that can affect your perspective, is a beautiful and great ambition: one that Seneca, Nietzsche and Tolstoy would have sympathised with. -Alain de Botton

The best job a man could have would be a chef. They'd understand the long hours I work and the drive and ambition it takes to succeed. -Meghan Markle

In the Cold War, a lot of Soviet actions could be explained as extensions of Czarist imperial ambitions, but that didn't stop us from studying Marxism in theory and Communism in practice to better understand that adversary. -Michael Hayden

We never did try to get together and to show the younger Negroes such as myself, to try and even to show that he has ambitions – and with just a little encouragement, I could have really done something worthwhile. But instead, we did nothing but let the young upstarts know that they were young and simple, and that was that. -Louis Armstrong

When I graduated from law school in 1959, there wasn't a single woman on any federal bench. It wouldn't be a realistic ambition for a woman to want to become a federal judge. It wasn't realistic until Jimmy Carter became our president. -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

It used to be that the highest ambition of American novelists was to write 'the Great American Novel,' that great white whale of American fiction that would encompass all the American experience in one great book. -Michael Korda

I've learned in the little bit of my life so far that you can't fool people. And so I only tell people what I think about: my ambitions, my dreams, what inspires me. -Benjamin Clementine

I don't mind getting older. I'm enjoying not having that raging ambition I've had all my life. -Jeremy Irons

Really, ambition has gone. I look for things that tickle my fancy. You begin to see the end of life on the horizon. You think, 'It's not going on forever, this.' Let's make the most of what time I have left. -Jeremy Irons

I never had an ambition to go into modeling, originally. I still can't believe how quickly it all took off. -Tali Lennox

At the age of 6, a teacher full of ambitions, who taught in the small public school of Biran, convinced my family that I should travel to Santiago de Cuba to accompany my older sister who would enter a highly prestigious convent school. Including me was a skill of that very teacher from the little school in Biran. -Fidel Castro

When I was doing fringe theatre, my ambition was to do repertory. When I got to rep it was to do national theatre; then it was t,o get a couple of parts in television. I never had this great desire to overreach myself. I was too busy enjoying acting. I was just obsessed with it. -Eddie Marsan

Sometimes I think we live in a world where, even when things are good, people always feel unsatisfied with wherever they are, so I think first I just want to enjoy being happy where I am now and not let my ambition take away from being in the moment. -Jacob Whitesides

Fiction is about small ambition, small failed ambition, small disappointed hope. -Ethan Canin

Politicians are already exaggerated. They're bigger than life in every way – their appetites, their ambitions, their personalities, their failings, their magnetism. In a sense, they're made for fiction. -Ethan Canin

What makes 'Pootie Tang' the motion picture enjoyable is its no-brow ambitions; it's a joke action film. It slides through enough African-American pop culture signifiers to raise laughs out of those who will appreciate the references; it revels in more cheese per square inch than a soul food diner. -Elvis Mitchell

Miramax seems to be showing the same faith in Roberto Benigni's 'Pinocchio' that the Republican Party showed in Trent Lott; the live-action version of Carlo Collodi's fairy tale about the wooden puppet whose only ambition was to be a real live boy was sneaked into theaters Christmas Day. -Elvis Mitchell

The stoic drama 'A Somewhat Gentle Man' is photographed in a palate of steel gray tones that match Stellan Skarsgard's complexion. It's a low-blood-pressure version of the kind of thing James M. Cain used to do in his sleep, and its filmmaking accomplishment is as minimalist as its narrative ambition is minimal. -Elvis Mitchell

In 'The Adjustment Bureau,' Damon shows movie-star concentration as David Norris, a politician whose world ambitions hit a pothole when his angry streak becomes public. -Elvis Mitchell

For every problem or confusion and for every desire or ambition there is an available force waiting for your call. -Vernon Howard

The ministers of kings should learn to moderate their ambition. The higher they elevate themselves above their proper sphere, the greater the danger that they will fall. -Louis XIV

I had discovered journalism to be my life's ambition. -Walter Cronkite

Most people I know that are successful have a few things in common that are undeniable: driving ambition, and they have applied that to something they're good at, that they love doing… and they are fun to be around, especially when they're talking about their passion. -Steve Wynn

I always ended up having the funny part in Shakespeare, but I really thought I'd be doing theater. That was my ambition for myself. -Jane Lynch

My ambition was always to bag a lead role in a film, and hence, I refrained from doing any ads, TV serials, music videos, as I felt that a fresh face always works much better. It was a gamble, and I took that gamble telling myself that I will give it my all to bag a lead role. -Ranveer Singh

People who do crime do it for reward. But you end up in jail – that's no reward. Through crime, your ambitions are low. -Anthony Joshua

I want to score more goals; the main ambition is goals. -Marcus Rashford

Was it my lifelong ambition to be in the movie business? No. -Twinkle Khanna

You have to choose whether to take the money or follow your own ambitions, playing in the best league in the world and winning titles. -Harry Kane

It has been a long journey, but if you dream and have the ambition and want to work hard, then you can achieve. -Mo Farah

Cain Velasquez, he has some technical difficulties, but he has ambition, and he's fearless. He wants to win so badly, and he's in great condition. He's a thinking fighter. -Fedor Emelianenko

My ambition is very cinema-driven. -Arjun Kapoor

Coming from a small town, I didn't have big dreams. My biggest ambition was to find a job for myself. -Nawazuddin Siddiqui

It's impossible for five people to have the exact same ambitions all around. -Normani Kordei

We are driven by the same fears and the same loves and the same ambitions and the same desires, whatever language we speak. -Costa Ronin

There's a long relationship between science fiction and the 'novel of ideas,' and I think writers of science fiction are able to draw on that tradition to take risks, to constantly raise the level of their ambition. -Katie Kitamura

The characteristic of 'Oxygene' is a mixture of innocence and ambition, of trying to do something different in a different way. -Jean-Michel Jarre

Early music in all kinds of movements is always a mixture of innocence and ambition. -Jean-Michel Jarre

Ledger art represents a spirit which has lasted through the hardships and turmoil. It is my goal and ambition that this style of pictograph art continues to pay tribute to the perseverance of my ancestors who adapted and created works of art during a period of life changing turmoil and injustice. -Michael Horse

I have lots of ambition! -Chuck Berry

I had no ambition to go to America and be in a TV show. It's not like I've rejected something or decided that I've found something better. Your life just takes you off in strange and different directions. -Damian Lewis

I have no ambitions at all! I have none… seriously. I want to be a good father. I want to be a good husband. I want to be a good son, a good brother, a good family member. I don't have any ambition to direct a film or write a play. I like acting. -Pilou Asbaek

I feel that my drive and ambition is more American, while the passionate, laid-back side of me is all Brazilian. -Morena Baccarin

It's not my ambition to direct lots of films. I think if I direct one film in my whole life, why rush it? -David Thewlis

Hillary Clinton is in political trouble and perhaps even legal trouble over her use of private e-mail accounts and bypassing government-issued accounts containing substantial amounts of information that belongs to the federal government. But ultimately, I don't think this latest controversy will hurt her presidential ambitions. -Bob Beckel

I've always wanted to be a businessman. No other ambitions – I just wanted to be in business, even when I was a child in Fujian province, south China. -Henry Sy

If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do. -Shiv Nadar

The appellation of a Scottish Bard is by far my highest pride; to continue to deserve it is my most exalted ambition. -Robert Burns

We should refuse to settle for a deal that fails to secure the release of American hostages and paves Iran's path toward realizing its nuclear weapon ambitions. -Thom Tillis

'Intensity' is a good word. It's like ambition, if it's not ambition at expense of someone else. -Thom Tillis

The ambition and focus that propel you to success can also be your downfall. -Judy Smith

It's been an ambition of mine, before I even wanted to act, to be involved in animation. -Taron Egerton

I have never had the ambition to be famous for nothing. You have to do something with your life. -Gabriella Wilde

I've had an ambition to be somebody since I was 13 years old because I wanted to help my family. I wanted to hurry and grow up so I could make enough money to buy my father a big car and my mother a beautiful home with an electric washing machine and all those things she used to see in the newspapers. -Trini Lopez

The term 'personal ambition' immediately puts me off. It feels like finding a sliver of onion in my ice cream. There's nothing wrong with a sliver of onion, but I don't want it in my ice cream. -Maggie Rowe

Although, from the point of view of sociology, the overt ambition of 'American Pastoral' – to imagine the impact on a good man of America's fall from the family decencies of the '30s and '40s to the self-centred violence of the '60s – outstrips anything Sabbath's Theater attempts, the writing is no less fervid an excurse into the writer's mind. -Howard Jacobson

A lot of the time, you see all this ambition from these black actors, and it's just pouring off the screen. Because they don't often get a chance to work, and when they do, they don't usually get a chance to work with other black people. -Elvis Mitchell

My major ambition is just to stay relevant. -James Corden

It's funny how getting older – or being overlooked and underrated for more than two decades – can make you change your ambitions. -Reg E. Cathey

I have no personal ambitions. I consider it a great privilege to have been given an opportunity to serve, through the Congress party, the people of India. I think that itself is a great reward. I have no personal ambitions in that regard. -Kapil Sibal

Once I started getting paid to be a writer and not having lots of other gross responsibilities, like making the puzzle or whatever, then my ambition changed, and I thought, 'Now I want to be a good writer.' And that became my ambition. -Ariel Levy

After three years in L.A., I began to dream of my glory days on the boards. But it's very difficult to make a living as a theater actor in New York, which is why I moved out here, and I always had an ambition to work in television. I am a great admirer of the format, and I think it's how we tell long stories. -Luke Macfarlane

Work hard, take it seriously, embrace your ambition. And when you're not doing that, do something – whatever it happens to be – that taps into the part of you that makes you forget about all the rest of it. -Ryan Holiday

I would like to win the Ballon d'Or for women. But every top professional should have that ambition. -Alex Morgan

I entered the navy with the great ambition of becoming a naval soldier and going to war. Either I die from this festering wound – because I refuse to have my arm amputated – or I recover from it and continue being a soldier. I have a one-in-two chance, and I shall bet my life on it! -Isoroku Yamamoto

If you have enough ambition, you can create talent! -Darcey Bussell

Our parents were really, really grounded people but also really ambitious people, meaning they saw our ambition and were willing to help us chase it. -Isaac Hanson

I don't think I focused on the financial part of it, but definitely, my ambition is to be great, and that always meant that the sky was the limit for what I was hoping to do. -Patty Jenkins

I was thinking I would love to make something that is a successful film that everybody sees, but I wasn't thinking about the actual dollar amount. I just wanted to make a great film that people responded to. That's always a good ambition because you'll never totally hit it. -Patty Jenkins

I think we all need to believe in hope: that if we have dreams and if we have ambitions and if we have skills and talents – that if you really put your heart into something and you work at it hard enough – that you can make your dreams come true. -David Furnish

In the West, it was believed that attitude and ambition saved you. In Africa, we had learned that no one was immune to capricious tragedy. -Alexandra Fuller

I do think that whatever ambition I may have had natively was amplified by my father's clear valuing of it. I knew that was what my dad really cared about. -Angela Duckworth

If you don't have ambition, you shouldn't be alive. -Aliko Dangote

My parents were both born in 1930. They grew up during the Depression. They wanted their children to have secure lives, to have a good salary and a pension plan. If I could've guaranteed that I'd be a best-selling writer, that would've been one thing, but nobody could say that. So I knew better than to say that was ambition. -Diana Gabaldon

Something I can't stress enough is the massive importance of work experience. It's the only way to find out what work is really like when you're figuring out what path to take and to get an understanding of what it takes to achieve your career ambitions. -Jameela Jamil

I have no interest in feeling like a trophy. Money itself has never been attractive to me; instead, I prefer ambition and integrity. -Erin Foster

My childhood ambition was to become a Tooth Fairy. And I do talk about that in my book 'Is You Okay.' My mama always told me to say I wanted to be a corporate lawyer, and today I am much closer to being a Tooth Fairy than I ever was a Corporate Lawyer… so hah hah hah hah. -GloZell

Putin wants to restore the Russian empire. That's his ambition; he's stated it many times. -John McCain

It's one of my government's ambitions to secure a seat for Ireland on the U.N. Security Council so that we can play an even greater role in international affairs and try to build what we all believe in, which is a world of laws. -Leo Varadkar

It was never an ambition to grow up and win an Academy Award, so when it happens, you go, 'Weird!' -Ethan Coen

There are a lot of really valuable services that are always pushing you to communicate with other people. But there are relatively few services that are about helping you be the person you want to be and fulfilling your ambitions. -Ben Silbermann

Ask most guys what their ambition is, and they'll say they want to get rich. But when they get rich, they discover it's not what they wanted at all. I don't want to be rich. -Jake LaMotta

Women don't necessarily understand that it is possible to have the same level of ambition as men – they allow themselves to be held back by the obstacles rather than empowered by the possibilities. -Heather Bresch

My mother taught us that ambition is part of femininity and really taught us to have substance but also style. -Denise Morrison

Personally, I have nothing to fall back on, and that creates a weird ambition that you have to be good at acting because you can't be good at anything else. I wish I had gone for my degree – that acting wasn't this be-all-and-end-all. -Holly Marie Combs

My mother turned 40 in 1973. So in 1970 – when 'The Female Eunuch' came out and Ms. magazine was founded – my mom was 37 with two children, and she was just that little bit too old, and the circumstances of her life were set up in a certain way that for her to fulfill her ambitions and dreams, she would have had to break with the family. -Claire Messud

For me, the ages between 9 and 12 were great because it was before you wore any masks, and you had some autonomy in the world. You had some freedom, and you felt you had unlimited ambition. It's when you thought, 'I'm going to write plays. I'm going to be president. I'm going to do this; I'm going to do that.' And then it all falls apart. -Claire Messud

My only ambition was to have 10 children. Fashion was an accident. -Sonia Rykiel

Be a warrior when it comes to delivering on your ambitions. And a saint when it comes to treating people with respect, modeling generosity, and showing up with outright love. -Robin S. Sharma

I grew up outside of Seattle and have lived here my whole life, and I think that there is a culture of questioning and guilt. Almost an 'anti-ambition.' -Carrie Brownstein

Facebook has never been shy about its ambitions. -Steven Levy

I think that people in their 20s actually aren't given enough credit for their ambition. -Greta Gerwig

My main ambition as a historian is to figure out what's really happening in the world, instead of the fictions that humans have been creating for thousands of years in order to explain or control what's happening in the world. -Yuval Noah Harari

Raise your ambition beyond where you're capable of now. There's nothing about my hometown that said I'd be working with Fortune 50 CEO's, Olympians, at the highest level. -Brendon Burchard

Your ambitions – don't limit them. Where do you want to go, and what would be required of you to grow into that? Put yourself together a plan, and develop the skills to get there. -Brendon Burchard

My mom sacrificed everything for my brother and me. She taught me so many things – about life, love, faith, ambition, and family – and she instilled in me the desire to have my own kids one day. -Cathy McMorris Rodgers

If 'ecstasy' means to stand outside ourselves, then what better ambition can there be as we wait in the wings of the Royal Albert Hall: to leave self-obsession behind and take the audience on a journey across the high wire of Beethoven or the flying trapeze of Liszt. -Stephen Hough

Climate change poses an existential threat to the planet that is no less dire than that posed by North Korea's nuclear ambitions. -Joseph Stiglitz

It's true that PSG have the ambition to win the Champions League, so they could be interesting for a player like me. -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

I am really pleased to sign permanently with St. Etienne. It was my ambition in coming to St. Etienne. This is one of the finest passages of my young career. -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Some players have ambitions, and therefore, they leave and want to experience something new, you know. -Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

I have this ambition that when I become powerful and famous, I will host an event of boxing or kick-boxing, which the entire nation watches. That way, this sport will gain attention. People will realise that there is a lot of talent in India. -Ritika Singh

If something has not been part of your dreams or ambitions, then you are not awestruck by it. -Nithya Menen

My ambition was just to be able to play guitar. -Angus Young

When I began my life journey, we'd survive on Rs 500 a month as a family. As time passed and I started playing for the country, this Rs 500 multiplied manifold, but it was not the money that mattered: it was the fact that I was fulfilling my ambition of playing cricket on the highest platform, representing my country. -Virender Sehwag

I never thought of breaking a record. The only ambition I had was to become the fastest century maker for India, which I did when I broke Azharuddin's record. -Virender Sehwag

I've always had the ambition to win a lot of trophies. -Riyad Mahrez

I feel that your ambitions should always exceed the budget. -Guillermo del Toro

I have absolutely no political ambitions. -Ajith Kumar

I like to discuss my condition publicly because if I, with this disability, am able to fulfill some of my ambitions, so can other diabetics. -Fawad Khan

Every team has to understand what their ambitions are. If their ambitions are to fight for the title or win the Champions League, you must buy expensive players. Otherwise, you continue to stay in your level. It's simple. -Antonio Conte

We have to try to do our best in every game with great ambition, because we must always have the right ambition. But at the same time, sometimes you have to compliment your opponent. You must be honest and accept the result. -Antonio Conte

I do think – I always tell that to young people – go to college, do theater, work with an audience. Don't try to learn how to act in front of millions and millions of people. Don't make that your first ambition, to be on a sitcom or get into the movies. Learn who you are as an actor, and the best way to do that is to do it in front of an audience. -John Lithgow

Do what in your heart you know is right. It is easy to get caught up in your ambitions, but no job is worth not being true to yourself. -Irene Rosenfeld

As CEO of a big company, I have to be a kind of a champion of the interests of our people as insofar as their ability to do their job, to feel comfortable in their work environment, and to be able to fulfill their ambitions. -Lloyd Blankfein

In terms of being able to renew my nation, to be able to be able to bring back a devastated country, to restore hope to our people, to lift women and to give them a new horizon, a new ambition and new dreams, in respect of all of that, I think we've accomplished it, and I feel very good about that. -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

I think it's a mistake to think, 'Am I going to write a young adult book, or do I desperately want to write a book for adults?' I think the better ambition is to try to write someone's favorite book, because those categorizations of adult, young adult, become kind of superfluous. -Markus Zusak

When I was really young, my ambition wasn't to do science. I didn't really know that I could. It was to write a great novel. -Barry Barish

One day we were in Limerick… and then, a few weeks later, we were being flown around to play. When we started, it was just a hobby. It wasn't any big ambition. -Dolores O'Riordan

I always dreamt of being in 'Kerrang.' That was my ambition. I read that religiously when I was into heavy metal. Then the jazz magazines took over. -Julian Barratt

If I leave any legacy behind, it's just the idea, just the theory that you admit to your ambitions, and you don't let people tell you you're wrong to have those ambitions. -Mikaela Shiffrin

We have continued to advance our global ambition with acquisitions that fill in the global footprint, such as Dabo in Dubai on the marketing side, Smithfield in the U.K. for financial PR, Ergo in Germany for corporate reputation and public affairs, and Position in Colombia to add scale to our Latin America business. -Richard Edelman

I don't have massive ambitions to be anywhere other than in this country doing good work. -Maxine Peake

Capote is one of those people who represents something larger than himself. I think that his ambition, his kind of success, and the downfall that followed are very contemporary. -Bennett Miller

I am attracted to characters who are in worlds where they don't belong and who have great ambitions that they imagine will somehow reconcile themselves with the world and make things right. -Bennett Miller

I feel like what I'm after is not easy for me to find, and to want it to be easy… it would be absurd for me to have that ambition. -Bennett Miller

I am attracted to these outsider characters who just don't belong anywhere, and who are operating in worlds they sort of don't fit, coupled with huge ambitions. -Bennett Miller

If my ambition was to stay a manager the rest of my life, then I'd probably follow what people think managers are supposed to be like, but my ambition was never to be a manager. -Scooter Braun

We have met our passion to be ambition to grow our market share significantly in North America. Motorola helps address two other priority markets for us – the acquisition has enabled us to become the No. 1 foreign vendor in Japan. It also gives us an increased market share with China Mobile in China. -Rajeev Suri

Power is not nearly enough for Trump. Power he already possessed, starting with the money his father gave him, which grew into the money he never paid in taxes because he is 'smart.' No: Power and ambition pale in comparison to Trumpbeth's rapacious grab for applause. -Faith Salie

Europe must not distance itself from Africa's universal ambitions. -Jean-Claude Juncker

I wanted people to talk about the finale of 'The Vampire Diaries' as one of their favorites, which is a lofty ambition, but it certainly drove me hard creatively to make sure that we had put as much thought and love into it as we possibly could. -Julie Plec

My own ambitions were eclectic. My father ran a steel plant, and I was expected to study metallurgy and end up at the steel plant when I finished high school at age 15. Despite my proficiency at science, I decided against it and instead went on to study filmmaking. -Anand Mahindra

There is no doubt that the participation of women in the workforce is a serious productivity boost, but to enable this ambition, there must be investment in care – child care, aged care, disability care, health, and education – which are essential social support structures to enable women to work. -Sharan Burrow

We all need to work together, because there are no jobs on a dead planet; there is no equity without rights to decent work and social protection, no social justice without a shift in governance and ambition, and, ultimately, no peace for the peoples of the world without the guarantees of sustainability. -Sharan Burrow

I just listened to regular commercial music from Korea. I would just follow the choreographed dance routines. I didn't have any ambitions of pursuing rapping. I liked dancing, so I did that. -G-Dragon

I see myself a humble man, and I tell you I have no ambitions to be president. -Emmerson Mnangagwa

Disability is articulated as a struggle, an unnecessary burden that one must overcome to the soundtrack of a string crescendo. But disabled lives are multi-faceted – brimming with personality, pride, ambition, love, empathy, and wit. -Sinead Burke

In Washington, Senator Paul has put his own ambition ahead of Kentuckians and is behind policies that would hurt Kentucky families. -Jim Gray

My ambition with 'Redoubtable' was to make a film that would be aesthetically pleasing, charming, and touching. -Michel Hazanavicius

'The Haters' has some of the generalities of band experiences that I've had – the camaraderie, the grubbiness, the outsized collective ambitions and frequent painful collisions with reality – but very few of the specifics. I guess it was a way for me to take some of my experiences to their logical crazy extremes. -Jesse Andrews

Despite girls' sparkling resumes – including rates of college enrollment and high school grades that outstrip boys – sexism is a barrier that still leaves girls ambivalent about power. Opening doors has not amounted to ambition to lead for many of them, even those with options, networks, and resources. -Rachel Simmons

My big ambition was to be Richard Petty. -Michael Madsen

I didn't have much ambition, but I always had an idea in the back of my mind that I wanted to act. I would watch actors like Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart, and Kirk Douglas, and I understood them. -Michael Madsen

I am trying to write a play that is big and I feel represents me – that's my big ambition. -Jack Thorne

I like to teach. And when I spot talent without ambition, it makes me angry. I give students short shrift if they're not willing to do the work. Relying on talent is not enough. -F. Murray Abraham

My favorite bad thing about 'Three Billboards' is its ambition to play around with America's ideological and geographical toys. -Wesley Morris

Leadership flows from inner character and integrity of ambition, which inspires others to lend themselves to your organization's mission. -Frances Hesselbein

I grew up really into comic books, and I actually thought I was going to be a comic-book artist. That was my ambition before I realized I couldn't keep characters looking the same from panel to panel. -Corey Stoll

The first series of 'McMafia' is very Alex Godman-centric and could continue to be, but we haven't even begun to explore the Middle East or Africa or even South America in detail. One of our ambitions would be to drop into some of these other places and, by doing so, bring the audience into a world that they wouldn't necessarily have been in. -James Watkins

One of my ambitions is to move to Tuscany. I like the idea of getting a vineyard. I love being under the sun and being casual and comfortable. That's my idea of heaven. -Paolo Nutini

Parents are destined to sin against their kids; it's inevitable. As is narcissism and the human condition. Everyone has their ego and their ambitions. Life happens in between. -Alice Ripley

I lived below the poverty line when I was young and starting out as a writer. But my wife and I kept trying to do things better, as anyone with ambition does. But just because you're trying doesn't mean you're always going to succeed. -Joe R. Lansdale

My role at the USTA allows me to fulfill my ambition to open up opportunities for people to play tennis that may not otherwise have a chance or an outlet to play. -Katrina Adams

Throughout her career, many women would view Mrs. Clinton as an imperfect vessel for the feminist cause. She was a Yale-educated lawyer who, at the height of the 1970s women's movement, moved to Arkansas to put her own ambitions on hold in furtherance of her husband's career. -Amy Chozick

By the time I was 14, my most burning ambition was to leave my home, leave my neighborhood, leave my city. I kept it a secret wish. It was easier done than said. It wasn't only that I wanted to leave Chicago – I wanted to live in New York City. And I did – for a time. -Scott Spencer

Despite my career, so much of my life has been dictated by what I'm afraid of: fear that I am not talented. Fear that people will finally realize that I am a boring individual who doesn't have many ambitions beyond starting a family 'at a good time' in life. -Zazie Beetz

I am honoured to be appointed as the first chief executive of UKRI. My ambition is to make UKRI the world's leading research and innovation public funding agency. -Mark Walport

I played hockey my whole life until my ambition outstripped my ability, which happens to most Canadians around 15 or 16 years old. -Jason Priestley

I worked on new plays at the Traverse and did my best work in Scotland for years, so I never had ambitions for things like Disney. -John Tiffany

'Thou shalt not bore' is a commandment that should be at the centre of our ambitions. -John Tiffany

Our ambition is to build a globally competitive and futuristic transportation system in India that will support and accelerate a nation on the move. -Bhavish Aggarwal

Bullies will attack your confidence, but you cannot let them kill your ambition. -Whitney Wolfe Herd

Our ambitions are not limited to quarterly results. Our ambitions are linked to a belief in what we do. And one of the definite privileges of success is being able to see beyond yourself. -David Droga

I think we need more ambition about using our data to make our lives better. -Hilary Mason

I definitely have a lot of ambition. -Hannah Bronfman

My ambition is we want artists to be able to afford to create the music they want to create, and if it takes them five years to sit down and make the album they want to make, they should be able to afford that. That's my goal. -Daniel Ek

This tension between ambition and parenthood, that's not a reckoning that many men face. There are plenty of men who say, 'Oh, I need to be there for my kids, and I can't do x or y professionally,' but for the most part, that's a struggle that belongs to women in society. -Rumaan Alam

To be sure, many of the Sykes-Picot borders reflected deals cut in Europe rather than local demographic or historical realities. But that hardly makes the Middle East unique: Most borders around the world owe their legacy less to thoughtful design or popular choice than to some mixture of violence, ambition, geography, and chance. -Richard N. Haass

Achieving the aims and ambitions of the Paris Agreement are not a given. The world needs to understand the urgency and complexity of what the international community has embarked upon. -Patricia Espinosa

When I was growing up in the Isle of Man with ambitions of being a performer, I really wanted to go to see a Broadway show. -Samantha Barks

Prior to having my first child, I had a huge ambition to go into movies and TV. -Vanna White

Longevity, for a columnist, is a simple proposition: Once you start, you don't stop. You do it until you die or can no longer put a sentence together. It has always been my intention to die at my desk, although my most cherished ambition is to outlive the estate tax. -Charles Krauthammer

My advice to anyone with writerly ambitions and a demanding day job is to set aside a little piece of time, even an hour a week if that's all you can manage, and make it yours. This is your writing hour. Even if you use it up by staring at a blank screen and daydreaming, so what? -Camille Perri

For women, Neo-Confucianism placed extra emphasis on chastity, obedience, and diligence. A good wife should have no desire other than to serve her husband, no ambition other than to produce a son, and no interest beyond subjugating herself to her husband's family – meaning, among other things, she must never remarry if widowed. -Amanda Foreman

The long years of fighting Napoleon's ambitions for a world empire had hardened the British into an 'us-against-them' mentality. -Amanda Foreman

Marie-Antoinette was born in 1755, the youngest daughter of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I. She was intelligent and artistic but devoid of the ambition or calculation required to survive in the fetid atmosphere of the French court. In many ways, her character was not unlike that of Mary, Queen of Scots. -Amanda Foreman

When I started making films, it was never that I had this great ambition to only do gay-themed material. -Andrew Haigh

If you don't have money or you come from a background that doesn't have money, it's harder to achieve your ambition in life. It's not that you can't, but it becomes harder. Inequality is one of the worst things that can exist in our society, so I am interested in those kind of things. -Andrew Haigh

I'm a traditionalist, a family man. I love my kids. I believe I have brought them up the right way. They are all very different: they have different drives, different ambitions. They are never going to be me. They are going to be themselves. -Theo Paphitis

My dream was always to be in museums. It's a big and important milestone and a fulfillment of one of my primary ambitions. -Kerry James Marshall

I see myself as having fulfilled a lot of my ambition. All the things I dreamed of achieving, I've achieved for the most part. -Kerry James Marshall

My ambition was never to make a lot of money. It wasn't to travel around the world. I was really just struggling to make the best pictures I could make. -Kerry James Marshall

Instead of silencing artists, is it possible that antidepressants can actually help them vocalize their creative ambitions? -Andrew Shaffer

A lot of people, I think, harbor some kind of ambition to write a novel – they say, 'One day I'm going to write a novel,' and they maybe find the first three pages quite easy, and then they hit a kind of brick wall, and they think that that brick wall means that they're not a writer. -Alex Garland

God only knows we need a great role model as a leader who is more leader than they are male or female, who is more about their mission that serves everyone than about ego and personal ambition that only serves them. -Mark Goulston

Without the ambition to raise oneself to life's challenges, growth and innovation would never happen. -Mark Goulston

Acting is a big ambition, but I still have a professional wrestling world to conquer. -Luke Harper

I did a little soul searching to explore where I had gone wrong, why I made the decisions I did, how my definitions of success and ambition were off. I love a great new pair of shoes – I love to look at my bank account and see zeroes – but what is it attached to? -Molly Bloom

If I wasn't from Philly, I couldn't promise you that I would have the same drive and the same ambition because, as a little kid, I always saw myself as making it out, and I would escape with television. -Nafessa Williams

For good or for ill, Britain is in some respects moving away from a prime-ministerial system towards a presidential one. This is emphatically not, as is sometimes argued, simply a function of Tony Blair's personal ambition. The shift towards a more presidential style was already visible under Margaret Thatcher. -Linda Colley

I am quite familiar with Dubai and its design scene. I have been a regular visitor for more than 10 years. It is hard to name an area where hospitality, friendship, culture, ambition, and beauty are so highly regarded. -Marcel Wanders

When I was 18 or 19, my one ambition was to make a film. -Peter Brook

I had no sense of having reached some goal because I was an etoile at the Paris Opera. My ambition, if you can call it that, was to discover and learn and be excited by what I was doing. If I didn't have that, I would find it elsewhere. -Sylvie Guillem

I have to make sure I stay focused and have the same ambition I've always had and work hard – that's the key to success. -Romelu Lukaku

If you don't have ambition to be one of the best, someone will always come and take your place. -Romelu Lukaku

We can either be governed by fear – fear of immigrants, fear of Muslims, call the press the enemy of the people, tear kids away from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border – or we can be governed by our ambitions and our aspirations and our desire to make the most out of all of us. And that's America at its best. -Beto O'Rourke

Reading interviews with other people, I see them say, 'All I want is for our band to be massive', but it was never an ambition of ours to be in a band that's this big. That's so far from how my mind works that I find it puzzling. There's nothing wrong with being ambitious, but we're not. -Dan Smith

For most of my career, I've known what it's like to be in the audience and to enjoy what I'm seeing but still have the ambition to say, 'I can do that, I know I can do that. And I want to do that, and I can't wait for that to happen.' -Shalita Grant

I phoned the KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in Louisiana and asked why my membership was being delayed. He said my application was on his desk and promised to deal with it personally. It was the first of many conversations with David Duke. We talked about his family, the weather, and about his political ambitions. -Ron Stallworth

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

When I first started out in Telugu cinema, I signed anything and everything that came my way. I was 18, was immature, and it felt like a good idea that 'Oh, they are paying me a good amount of money.' I was young, naive; I had zero ambition, and honestly, it wasn't my calling. -Ileana D'Cruz

The really good doctors out there are real-life heroes. Playing one on TV is a cheaper alternative and certainly satisfies what is left of my medical ambitions. -Jason O'Mara

I have two trifling ambitions in the theater: to make a lot of people laugh and to make a lot of money. -Jean Kerr

His ambition for victory sets Mourinho apart. He wants to win every game, so he prepares all the smallest details; in training, at the game, everything. I loved to work with him. -Kaka

I've got ambitions. I've always been very ambitious. But I think there's something nice about not saying all of my dreams, in case they don't happen and then it's just really embarrassing. -Sigrid

I'm very ambitious. But my overall goal, above ambition, is that I want to be happy with what I'm doing, and I want to be happy with myself. -Sigrid

I want to be famous. That's my ambition, and there is nothing wrong with it. -Kriti Kharbanda

You have to show you have ambition as a team, as a group of players; show you want to win. Otherwise, in my opinion, you can't win a tournament. -Kevin De Bruyne

I've got big ambitions, and so do Liverpool, and now I'm playing in the biggest league in the world. -Alisson

My ambition in the cinema, since I came across it, was to play Chance… I have realized that ambition, and so I have no more. -Peter Sellers

My ambition is to win some trophies. That's why I am playing football. -Olivier Giroud

I think my original ambition was to be an artist. -Virgil Abloh

We need to push. We need to have ambition. We need to have desire to improve every day. -Unai Emery

I know my ambition and my passion and to know how I want to grow up with Arsenal. -Unai Emery

I have met Stan and Josh Kroenke, and it's clear they have great ambitions for the club and are committed to bringing future success. I'm excited about what we can do together, and I look forward to giving everyone who loves Arsenal some special moments and memories. -Unai Emery

I know who I am, and I know what my ambitions are. If one kid sees me on TV or sees me in a movie and relates, then I'm done. That's perfectly fine. That's enough for me. -Troye Sivan

If Monaco retain the ambition of winning trophies in France and Europe – and that's why I came here – I will be delighted to stay. -Radamel Falcao

Chelsea are champions of Europe, and there is not much more to say than that. Even after winning the Champions League, they still go and sign players of the highest quality. Their ambition is clear. -Radamel Falcao

When people ask what my ambitions are for the rest of my career, I always say that I live in the present. -Roberto Firmino

My ambition from day one in this sport has been to become a world superstar. -Amir Khan

My first ambition in life, I made up my mind I was going to become Miles Davis. I studied music, music theory. I played trumpet for nine years. One day, my mother explained, 'You can't be Miles Davis. There's one, and he's got that job.' -Chris Gardner

To make my entire career at Lyon doesn't bother me as long as they continue to have the development and ambition to have a competitive team, even if we're not certain to win the Champions League. -Alexandre Lacazette

I have been able to fulfil nearly all my ambitions at Chelsea. I have won the Champions League, the League, I have won FA Cups here, but you don't want to stop winning trophies, and being at a big club, you are always fighting to win a trophy. -Ashley Cole

I would like to play for a club who I feel have true ambition. -Carlos Tevez

City showed me their ambition to be one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I was happy to join. -Carlos Tevez

City's boss and owner came with a very good proposal. They showed me that City has the ambition to be one of the biggest clubs in the world. This made it easy to make the move. Money was never important. -Carlos Tevez

I'm surprised by Cristiano Ronaldo every day because of the ambition he has to win. That infects all his teammates. -Marco Asensio

I admire Cristiano's ambition and his goal-scoring touch. -Marco Asensio

I didn't have the easiest childhood. I was never the popular girl in school growing up. I was always the lone black girl or the lone fat girl or the long tall girl, so that has made me more compassionate to all people. It also gave me the drive and ambition to go after my dreams in a big way. -Wendy Williams

When you have been working so hard to reach a specific goal and then you realise that ambition, it's not always easy to raise yourself for another objective. -Toni Kroos

Our ambition isn't just to be big, it's to be listened to and supported by people. And to have the success – if we deserve it, of course. -Stromae

Both parents worshiped individual achievement, but because of the Depression and the war, they never achieved what they wanted and deserved. So their ambition and high expectations were transferred to me. -Benoit Mandelbrot

I think there's no limit to ambition, and if you want something, you can make anything happen, so go for it. -Rex Orange County

As a kid, I wanted to be an actress, but ambition and reality are two different things. -Tamannaah

I'm a choreographer and a director, and I have no ambition beyond that. -Matthew Bourne

If my ambition in Tottenham is only to win the Carabao Cup or FA Cup, with all the respect for that, I think my ambition does not match the ambition of a club like Tottenham. -Mauricio Pochettino

My ambition is to win the Champions League one day with Tottenham, or the Premier League. -Mauricio Pochettino

If you have got a dream and you've got ambition, then go for it. You know, unless you try, you'll never know. -Eddie the Eagle

If you're going to set an ambition, set it high. -Triple H

Myself and some kids on our estate became obsessed with the creation of the ultimate go-kart. This ambition culminated in the creation of a six-man super-cart, which was essentially a plank of wood with four wheels, and a failed attempt to jump a tributary of the River Severn powered only by Rex, our dog. -Greg Davies

I was a very young 21-year-old. I was very scared. I spent three years at university in west London, and I went into central London three times. I came from Shropshire, and just having travelled that far was enough ambition. -Greg Davies

As far as I am concerned, ambition is the most dangerous occupation in the world. I have never been ambitious, or if I have, it's only been by default. -Marco Pierre White

As for my personal ambitions, I always loved playing for England and always felt I did well. -Peter Crouch

I always said it was a privilege to end up on the television. It wasn't my ambition; I fell into editing magazines and writing about cars, and then I ended up on the telly. -James May

My ambition is to stop showing off. I'd love to be a tweedy academic. I'd be happy living in a croft. I like making jam. So why am I a semi-public figure? -Sandi Toksvig

My ambition, a long time ago, was to be a film music writer. A compromise then was to be the guy who wrote songs for a band and played slide guitar. Then the singer didn't turn up for an audition, and I was the only one who knew the words. That was it – bingo! Life took a different course. -Chris Rea

You're changing every day, right? Your curiosities and ambitions change, your ear changes, the music you like changes – and the music you want to make, too. -Ryuichi Sakamoto

My ambition is to figure out how to help people create their own health and how to turn that into a profitable business. -Esther Dyson

Over the long term, it is definitely my ambition to play in the midfield. -Emre Can

PSG's ambition of the Champions League is also mine. I know they have a great project. I want to participate in this project and reach their objective of winning the Champions League. -Angel Di Maria

I was always attracted most to joining City, and I am pleased to be at such a good club with such a big ambition as Manchester City. -Edin Dzeko

Everybody speaks about City having lots of money, but it is not about that. It is about ambition, and I have spoken to Coach Mancini, and he told me, 'This is the best club for you.' -Edin Dzeko

When I started listening to Paramore, I was in high school, and they were, like, 15. Seeing somebody at such a young age have that ambition, I thought, holy crap, they were so young. They seemed like cool people, and I really liked the music. -Bayley

It's an honour to extend my deal with Manchester City. This club offers everything a player needs to fulfil their ambitions, and there's nowhere else I want to be. -Bernardo Silva

The people in my family couldn't adjust to the political atmosphere around me. I didn't want my political ambitions to cause stress or trauma for my family. I didn't want any name, fame, or money at the cost of my family. -Govinda

There's a lack of ambition in politics in terms of what we expect from the government, what it means to have a state. -Christine and the Queens

I've never told anyone, but my ambition is to become the leading all-time scorer of free kicks in Serie A. -Andrea Pirlo

Arsenal is a team who challenge for the top and definitely match my ambitions and personal motivation. -Petr Cech

Even if you have won it before, you just want to keep winning the Champions League. Every season, the ambition is to win the competition. -Petr Cech

Musically, I have little ambition. The only real ambition I have is to make music and do music whenever I feel like it, without any real ambition or planning. -Floor Jansen

Revamp is a band that would deserve the hundred-percent devotion a band needs, and at this moment, I don't see any future for another band next to a band such as Nightwish, and with the ambition to become a mother, I will have to let Revamp go, which is a very sad decision. -Floor Jansen

An interesting life could always use a little seduction, confidence, ambition, and danger. -Jim Sarbh

My ambition is only to develop Andhra Pradesh. -N. Chandrababu Naidu

I have no ambitions to become the PM. -N. Chandrababu Naidu

When you have ambition, then it's never enough to win. -Clarence Seedorf

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