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Ambition

Honor is not that reward of virtue, for which the virtuous work, but they receive honor from men by way of reward, as from those who have nothing greater to offer. But virtue’s true reward is happiness itself, for which the virtuous work, whereas if they worked for honor, it would no longer be virtue, but ambition. -
Ambition destroys its possessor. -
Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy. - Honoré de Balzac
To succeed, one must possess an effective combination of ability, ambition, courage, drive, hard work, integrity and loyalty. - Harry F. Banks, real name possibly Harry Band
Ambition has not rest! -
He who opens his heart to ambition closes it to repose. - Charles Cahier
By discharging our duty thoroughly and well, subordinating personal desires to principle, and personal ambition to an exalted love of country, we will not only receive the endorsement of the people, but, what is far better, we will deserve their endorsement. - Champ Clark, formally James Beauchamp Clark
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. - John Denham, fully Sir John Denham
Some people gauge their value by what they own. But in reality the entire concept of ownership of possessions is based on an illusion. When you obtain a material object, it does not become part of you. Ownership is merely your right to use specific objects whenever you wish and that no one has a right to take them away from you. How unfortunate is the person who has an ambition to cleave to something impossible to cleave to. Such a person will not obtain what he desires and will experience suffering. - Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
Fortunate is the person whose ambition is to acquire personal growth that is independent of external factors. Such a person will lead a happy and rewarding life. - Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler
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