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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.

Italian proverb

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.