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'Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man Would do!
~ Robert Browning

 

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A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
~ George Jean Nathan

 

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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.
~ Joseph Conrad

 

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A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
~ Jean De La Bruyere

 

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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?
~ Robert Browning

 

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

 

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Ambition -- it is the last infirmity of noble minds.
~ Sir James M. Barrie

 

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Ambition breaks the ties of blood, and forgets the obligations of gratitude.
~ Sir Walter Scott

 

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Ambition can creep as well as soar.
~ Edmund Burke

 

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Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
~ Benjamin Franklin

 

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Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
~ William Lilly

 

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

 

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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

 

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Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
~ Thomas Otway

 

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Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.
~ Charlie McCarthy

 

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Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.
~ Robert Southey

 

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Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
~ Sir John Denham

 

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Ambition is not a vice of little people.
~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

 

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Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
~ Robert Browning

 

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

 

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