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Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices;
by A. C. Benson

Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices;
so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
- A. C. Benson

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background,
and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.
- A. C. Benson

People seldom refuse help, if one offers it in the right way.
- A. C. Benson

When you get to my age life seems little more than
one long march to and from the lavatory.
- A. C. Benson

 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world,
a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.
- A. C. Benson

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes,
but its fears.
- A. C. Benson

Man, an animal that makes bargains.
- A. C. Benson

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Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.
- A. C. Benson

I read the newspaper avidly.
It is my one form of continuous fiction.
- A. C. Benson

A well begun is half ended.
- A. C. Benson

Knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do.
In fact, that's good taste.
- A. C. Benson

All the best stories are but one story in reality -
the story of escape.
It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times,
how to escape.
- A. C. Benson

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions,
no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own.
I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this.
- A. C. Benson

Winners must have two things:
definite goals and a burning desire to achieve them.
- Anonymous

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

Only through experience of trial and suffering
can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

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

Ambition is like love,
impatient both of delays and rivals.
- The Buddha

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

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

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

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

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

To his doctrines I owe my great and glorious ambition
for the sex to which I proudly belong and whose independence
I shall defend until my dying day.
- Rosa Bonheur

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

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

Ambition is not a vice of little people.
- Michel de Montaigne

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

Ambition never comes to an end.
- Kenneth Kaunda

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton

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

My ambition is to be happy.
- Penelope Cruz

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition is a Dead Sea fruit, and the greatest peril
to the soul is that one is likely to get precisely what he is seeking.
- Edward Dahlberg

The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men
is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For those with ambition, reality is more of a creation
than an unalterable certainty.
- Lori Guinn

I am still full of ambition.
- Jan Timman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambition, in a private man is a vice,
is in a prince the virtue.
- Philip Massinger


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