51 Ambition Quotes

Be inspired by our collection of Ambition Quotes. Ambition, often described as the driving force behind human progress, is a powerful and essential quality that propels individuals to achieve their dreams and goals. It is the spark that ignites the fires of determination, pushing us to reach for the stars and fulfill our potential.

Ambition knows no boundaries and transcends all walks of life, making it a universal source of inspiration and motivation. In the following collection of ambition quotes , we will explore the profound wisdom and insights shared by thinkers, leaders, and visionaries from various fields and backgrounds. These quotes serve as beacons of encouragement, reminding us of the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream big and work tirelessly to turn their aspirations into reality. So, let these ambition quotes kindle your inner drive, inspire your actions, and motivate you on your journey to success and personal growth.

Published by: Catherine Pulsifer and Ben Gillison

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

Edmund Burke, Irish statesman

Irish Quotes and Sayings

There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition.

Napoleon Hill

Quote of the Day

To me, and if I can bring one second of joy into a child or a grown-up’s life, then I have achieved my lifetime ambition.

Michael Jackson

Famous Quotes about Life

Realizing your ambitions, controlling your fate, and achieving unrivaled greatness is derived from knowing what to change, how to change, and, most importantly, why to change.

Dean Gualco, Making a Difference


Ambitions reveal direction.

Mace Windu


Being ambitious is actually good as long as you do not step on other people’s toes and provides inspiration to fellow men. 

Sara Wellington, Inspire


An average person with average talents and ambition and average education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals. 

Mary Kay


Just be yourself, hold true to yourself, your dreams and ambitions.

Just be yourself, hold true to yourself, your dreams and ambitions.

Patrick Rahn, Mindset of Success

Being Yourself

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

Helen Keller


It takes a little muscle and it takes a little grit,
A little true ambition with a little bit of wit.
It’s not the “biggest” things that count and make the “biggest” show.
It’s the little things that people do that makes this old world go!

Author Unknown

Funny Poems

Ambition is a power force, it will turn hopeful wishes into reality, and it will lead you on the right course to a good life.

Rashid Rashad, The Blueprint to Manhood


If ambition is but a shadow, some, thing beyond ambition must be the substance from which it is thrown.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Happy Life Quotes

Ambition is a glorious thing. It is the river on which all the great ships of achievement have floated.

Kate E. Griswold


Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

Herbert Kaufman


Those moments you fail are not the end, they are periods in which you recollect thoughts, ideas, and ambitions, and change direction.

Benjamin Chapin, Think Positive: Guide to Positive Thinking


Inspiration, from whatever the source, arouses feelings within us that rekindle hope, ambition, and determination. It is a momentary whisper of encouragement and reassurance that causes us to become aware of our potential. 

Jim Rohn , The Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle,


The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people. 

Mark Twain


Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.

Riccardo Muti


Can you remember a favourite book, or film, or band, or hobby, a person you admired, or your ambitions as a teenager? They would almost certainly be different to your choices today. The experiences you have had in your life have changed your attitude and will continue to do so.

Sue Hadfield, Change One Thing!


Ambition is more than mere desire. It is desire plus incentive – determination – will to achieve the desire.

Ambition is more than mere desire. It is desire plus incentive – determination – will to achieve the desire.

Herbert Armstrong, The Seven Laws of Success


One simple change – replacing news and mass media with books – can produce dramatic changes in your life. No matter what your ambition in life is, you can find books that will inspire you to work on your goals.

Martin Meadows, How to Think Bigger


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

Henry vanDyke

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. 



Planning in this way also boosts your self-esteem, because it demonstrates to yourself that you are taking your dreams and ambitions seriously.

Alan Schmidt, Confidence


Simply by putting my ambition out there it had mysteriously come spectacularly true and I was enjoying a lifestyle that some people only dream of. 

Tony Clark


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.

President Obama, Obama In His Own Words


If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider.

Dr. Joyce Brothers


Motivation and ambition either come from fear or love, it’s up to you to choose.

Kevin Kerr, How to Be Happy and Live Life to the Fullest


Age is a quality of mind:
If you have left your dreams behind,
If hope is lost,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition’s fires are dead,
Then you are old.

Edward Tuck, The Passing Years

Birthday Poems

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can somehow become great.

Mark Twain


The famous Ralph Waldo Emerson was remembered quoting that there are five enemies to peace: ambition, avarice, anger, pride and envy.

Bree Miller, Gratitude & Happiness


The heart is the epicenter of everything as it is where dreams, hopes and ambitions are born.

Cess Gichuhi, Letters and Poems for the Soul


Friends. Relationships. For women that’s what life’s about. We are relational beings. As such, we almost always put our relationships with husbands, children, and friends before ambition and material gain. Yet the evidence is that our life-nourishing relationships are being eroded today as we live frenetic, time-pressured lives.

Brenda Hunter, In the Company of Women


Those moments you fail are not the end, they are periods in which you recollect thoughts, ideas, and ambitions, and change direction.

Benjamin Chapin, Think Positive

Words of Encouragement

When we get older, some of us lose our dreams and our ambitions, and are content to accept mediocrity.

Catherine Pulsifer

Quotes on Life Lessons

A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.

Pearl Bailey


I’m not saying that leisure is a no-no. In fact, everyone should take time out once in a while to recharge and revitalize their energy. The key is to have a balanced life. Set aside a fraction of your time to carry out your dreams and ambitions.

Michael Lee


Lucky people meet their perfect partners, achieve their lifelong ambitions, find fulfilling careers, and live happy and meaningful lives. Their success is not due to them working especially hard, being amazingly talented or exceptionally intelligent. Instead, they appear to have an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time and enjoy more than their fair share of lucky breaks.

Richard Wiseman, The Luck Factor


Ambition is the epicenter of perseverance through which accomplishments spell success.

Ambition is the epicenter of perseverance through which accomplishments spell success.

Byron Pulsifer


One of six brothers, Dwight was raised in a white frame house on South East Fourth Street, absorbing the simple and unquestioned values taught by his surroundings and by his parents – honesty, self-reliance, hard work, ambition, and fear of God.

Tom Wicker, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower Quotes

The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest – schools, playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern – will never be enough.

Lyndon Baines Johnson


How far you go is dependent upon what obstacle you stop at. Anything and everything is available to you. As some would say, “The world is yours.”

Michael Fulmore, Unleashing Your Ambition


Pregnancy also allows you to start over. Become a blank canvas. How you choose to paint this canvas will make all the difference in the world for your future baby and for your own livelihood.

Shivani gupta, The Conscious Pregnancy


If you aspire to be a champion, don’t be awed by the glitter of their excellence; instead, know that they also put in many thousands of hours in the pool, on the court, and at the track to build up their bodies and shape their minds.

Jim Afremow, The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive


Many people struggle to realize their ambitions because they spend too much time thinking and too little time doing and looking.

Michael Matthews, The Little Black Book of Workout Motivation


You can realize your full possibilities, but to dominate and achieve you must have high aims, ideals and ambitions — all linked to an iron will.

Wallace D. Wattles The Prosperity Bible.


In just a few generations, one of humanity’s most ambitious goals has been achieved in our developed world: to live into a second half of life that has been, for all of human history, closed to us. A certain sense of awe and wonder at that miracle is not unwarranted.

Michael Gurian, The Wonder of Aging

Wonder Quotes

Your ambitions and desires should always be within your control and to benefit you.

Victoria Michael, How to Get and Stay Motivated


Finding your purpose and realizing your ambitions often starts small, and what better place to start your new motivated life than to begin making changes to yourself.

Finding Yourself

Your ambitions will rise above your faults and you will get where you wish to go .

Isabel Stevens Webster, This is Me


They cannot handle the risks and stress involved in striving to be better and doing things that are not a part of their usual routine. They settle for mediocrity and familiarity and give up on their dreams and ambitions, thinking that it is better to live in the safety of their comfort zones than to live a life full of uncertainties. 

Jamie Becker, Start Living


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