1. Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
2. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
3. Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.
4. Surround Yourself with People Who Believe in Your Dreams:
Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.
5. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.
6. I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night — there must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me, dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.
7. I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.
8. Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.
9. I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.
10. 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.
11. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
12. Surround Yourself with Positive People Who Believe in Your Dreams
Distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. Create space for positive people to come into your life.
Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you.
13. Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.
14. All I know is that I’ve wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I’d get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. But I don’t want it anymore, I want something else now, something warm and sheltering, something I can turn to, regardless of what I do, regardless of who I become. Something that will just be there, always, like tomorrow’s sky. That’s what I want now, and I think it’s what you should want too. But it will be too late soon. We’ll become too set to change. If we don’t take our chance now, another may never come for either of us.
15. The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.
16. A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.
17. We have advantages. We have a cushion to fall back on. This is abundance. A luxury of place and time. Something rare and wonderful. It’s almost historically unprecedented. We must do extraordinary things. We have to. It would be absurd not to.
18. Ambition is not a dirty word. Piss on compromise. Go for the throat.
19. Because there was a hunger in me to see everything and do everything. I wanted to be everyone I saw. I wasn’t enough for me. Can you understand that?
20. Who belonged to no one, who belonged to everyone.
Who had nothing, who wanted everything.
21. By faithfully working eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
22. Never give up.
It’s like breathing—once you quit, your flame dies letting total darkness extinguish every last gasp of hope. You can’t do that. You must continue taking in even the shallowest of breaths, continue putting forth even the smallest of efforts to sustain your dreams. Don’t ever, ever, ever give up.
23. The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.
24. There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow.
25. The others in the dorm thought I wanted to be a writer, because I was always alone with a book, but I had no such ambition. There was nothing I wanted to be.
26. It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.
27. I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself
And falls on the other.
28. If you’re waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you’ll never make it.
29. Find a purpose to serve, not a lifestyle to live.
30. Why do I do anything?’ she says. ‘I’m educated enough to talk myself out of any plan. To deconstruct any fantasy. Explain away any goal. I’m so smart I can negate any dream.
31. Politeness. Now there’s a poor man’s virtue if ever there was one. What’s so admirable about inoffensiveness, I should like to know. After all, it’s easily achieved. One needs no particular talent to be polite. On the contrary, being nice is what’s left when you’ve failed at everything else. People with ambition don’t give a damn what other people think about them.
32. I go dreaming into the future, where I see nothing, nothing. I have no plans, no idea, no project, and, what is worse, no ambition. Something – the eternal ‘what’s the use?’ – sets its bronze barrier across every avenue that I open up in the realm of hypothesis.
33. If a person holds no ambitions in this world, he suffers unknowingly. If a person holds ambitions, he suffers knowingly, but very slowly.
34. The best is the enemy of good.
35. I would not sit waiting for some vague tomorrow, nor for something to happen. One could wait a lifetime, and find nothing at the end of the waiting. I would begin here, I would make something happen.
36. The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasums, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
37. If it’s IN you to climb you must — there are those who MUST lift their eyes to the hills — they can’t breathe properly in the valleys.
38. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.
39. What do you mean I have to wait for someone’s approval? I’m someone. I approve. So I give myself permission to move forward with my full support!
40. It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again. aa
41. Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.
42. Live for each second without hesitation
43. I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
44. Those with less curiosity or ambition just mumble that God works in mysterious ways. I intend to catch him in the act.
45. The difference between greed and ambition is a greedy person desires things he isn’t prepared to work for.
46. It is hard work to control the workings of inclination and turn the bent of nature; but that it may be done, I know from experience. God has given us, in a measure, the power to make our own fate: and when our energies seem to demand a sustenance they cannot get–when our will strains after a path we may not follow–we need neither starve from inanition, not stand still in despair: we have but to seek another nourishment for the mind, as strong as the forbidden fruit it longed to taste–and perhaps purer; and to hew out for the adventurous foot a road as direct and broad as the one Fortune has blocked up against us, if rougher than it.
47. Put work into your dreams.
48. Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.
49. It’s in those quiet little towns, at the edge of the world, that you will find the salt of the earth people who make you feel right at home.
50. To wish a healthy man to die is the wish from a mind of sickness. To wish an ailing man to die is the wish of the ambitious.
51. I told myself that I was going to live the rest of my life as if it were Saturday.
52. I think I benefited from being equal parts ambitious and curious. And of the two, curiosity has served me best.
53. He believed in himself, believed in his quixotic ambition, letting the failures of the previous day disappear as each new day dawned. Yesterday was not today. The past did not predict the future if he could learn from his mistakes.
54. Yes the truth is that men’s ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.
55. I’ve decided the act that cannot wait / is the important will to create / But, ah, if my belly is ignored / the pantry door I shall implore / But I’ve been known to reach the bed / ideas still famished in my head.
56. Beware of those who criticize you when you deserve some praise for an achievement, for it is they who secretly desire to be worshiped.
57. The biggest changes in a women’s nature are brought by love; in man, by ambition
58. Too many people out there tell us what we can and cannot do but…they don’t know who we are, what’s put in us.
59. The person who doesn’t scatter the morning dew will not comb grey hairs
60. I’ve wanted to win at everything, every day, since I was a kid. And time doesn’t change a person, it just helps you get a handle on who you are. Even at age 41, I still hate losing–I’m just more gracious about it. I’m also aware that setbacks have an upside; they fuel new dreams.