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

It is by attempting to reach the top at a single leap that so much misery is caused in the world.

It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.

It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats who hide the truth in their hearts, and like jugglers, show another thing in their mouths; to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their interest, and put on a good face where there is no corresponding good will.

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

Say what we will, we may be sure that ambition is an error. Its wear and tear of heart are never recompensed; it steals away the freshness of life; it deadens our vivid and social enjoyments; it shuts our souls to our youth; and we are old ere we remember that we have made a fever and a labor of our raciest years.

The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.

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

To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are which we court.

Too low they build who build beneath the stars.

Too often those who entertain ambition, expel remorse and nature.

Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself.

When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.

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

Where ambition can be so happy as to cover its enterprises even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of all human passions.


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