Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.
The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
William Penn (1644-1718) British religious leader.
Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet and satirist.
Hasty climbers have sudden falls.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) French moralist.
All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.
Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) American newspaperman and short-story writer.
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 principals which direct them.
Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.