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The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right.

John D Rockefeller (1939-1937) American industrialist and philanthropist.

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.

Publilius Syrus (1st Centry BC-?) Roman writer and poet.

Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

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 (1709-1784) British author.

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.


Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

Robert Burton (1577-1640) English scholar.

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

Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527) Italian political philosopher and statesman.

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.