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  • "A simple problem of arithmetic: there are far more ambitions than there are grand destinies available."
    Alain de Botton (1969–), Swiss philosophical writer
    Source: Twitter (alaindebotton) (December 6, 2010)
  • "You can’t just have ambition. You must have a rage to succeed. You must have a mad passion for success."
    Larry Thompson, US movie producer
    Advice to would-be movie stars
    Source: Quoted in the Independent (London) (June 23, 2009)
  • "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself … Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential."
    Barack Obama (1961–), US president
    Source: Commencement address, Knox College, Illinois (June 4, 2005)
  • "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."
    Leo Burnett (18911971), US advertising executive and author
    Source: Quoted in Reader's Digest (January 1985)
  • "Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others."
    Susan Sontag (19332004), US novelist and essayist
    Source: The Benefactor (1963), ch. 1
  • "At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since."
    Salvador Dali (19041989), Spanish artist
    Source: The Secret Life of Salvador Dali (1948)
  • "If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it."
    Kathleen Norris (18801966), US novelist
    Source: Hands Full of Living (1931)
  • "The world continues to offer glittering prizes to those who have stout hearts and sharp swords."
    Frederick E. Smith (Earl of Birkenhead) (18721930), British politician
    Source: Rectorial address (November 7, 1923)
  • "The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed, you must have a larger ambition."
    John D. Rockefeller (18391937), US industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of Standard Oil
    Source: Random Reminiscenses of Men and Events (1909)
  • "Man's restlessness makes him strive."
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (17491832), German poet, playwright, novelist, and scientist
    Source: Faust (1832), Part 2
  • "Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping."
    Jonathan Swift (16671745), Irish writer and satirist
    Source: Thoughts on Various Subjects (1711)
  • "To him that will, ways are not wanting."
    George Herbert (15931633), English poet
    Source: Jacula Prudentum (1651)
  • "All my life, I've always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific."
    Jane Wagner (1935–), US writer
    Source: Comedy sketch written for Lily Tomlin

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