We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once, while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual.

One often passes from love to ambition but rarely returns from ambition to love.

We often pass from love to ambition, but we hardly ever pass from ambition to love.

Inherited wealth... is as certain death to ambition as cocaine is to mortality.

Ambition is not a reprehdnsible quality, nor are ambitious men to be censured, if they seek glory through honorable and honest means. In fact, it is they who produce great and excellent works. Those who lack this passion are cold spirits, inclined towards laziness than activity. But ambition is pernicious and detestable when it has as its sole end power.

I believe in the virtue of traditions, and I recall having often spoken this phrase: “Memory is revolutionary.” If one has the ambition of preparing the century to come, breaking with the past or being ignorant of its amounts to cutting one’s own roots and drying up on the spot.

The love of beauty which exalts the poet; that devotion to the One and that ascent of science which makes the ambition of the philosopher, and that love and those prayers by which some devout and ardent soul tends in its moral purity towards perfection: these are the great highways conducting to that height above the actual and the particular, where we stand in the immediate presence of the Infinite, who shines out as from the deeps of the soul.

Moderation has been declared a virtue so as to curb the ambition of the great and console lesser folk for their lack of fortune and merit.

All I would tell people is to hold onto what was individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You've got to find it on your own terms.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition ... I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed by my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.

Men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.

Nothing arouses ambition in the heart like the clarion-call of another's fame.

There is a profound causal relation between the height of a man’s ambition and the depth of his possible fall.

Mix judgment with ambition and season it with energy. It makes a splendid recipe for success.

Moderation has been created a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.

Moderation must not claim the merit of combating and conquering ambition; for they can never exist in the same subject. Moderation is the languor and sloth of the soul; ambition its activity and ardor.

We frequently pass from love to ambition, but one seldom returns from ambition to love.

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.