A Quote by Orison Swett Marden on ambition, angels, character, discipline, fame, humility, nature, possibility, pride, and wealth

The sculptor will chip off all unnecessary material to set free the angel. Nature will chip and pound us remorselessly to bring out our possibilities. She will strip us of wealth, humble our pride, humiliate our ambition, let us down from the ladder of fame, will discipline us in a thousand ways, if she can develop a little character. Everything must give way to that. Wealth is nothing, position is nothing, fame is nothing, manhood is everything.

Orison Swett Marden (1850 - 1924)

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A Quote by Oliver Wendell Holmes on ambition, fortune, gold, good, honor, indifference, learning, life, passion, reward, and youth

Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference, and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition, we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)

Source: Memorial Day address, 1884

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A Quote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on ambition, business, difficulty, foolishness, learning, and world

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Yet from this lesson thou will learn to avoid the frog's foolish ambition of swelling to rival the bigness of the ox.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

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A Quote by Michel Eyquem de Montaigne on ambition, people, and vices

Ambition is not a vice of little people.

Michel Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on ambition, men, society, success, and wonder

Who can wonder at the attractiveness . . . of . . . the bar, for our ambitious young men, when the highest bribes of society are at the feet of the successful orator?

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Margaret Fuller on admiration, ambition, genius, and talent

It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

Source: The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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A Quote by Madonna on ambition

I'm tough, ambitious and I know exactly what I want.


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A Quote by Louisa May Alcott on ambition, genius, learning, men, men and women, people, talent, time, and women

It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.

Louisa May Alcott (1832 - 1888)

Source: Little Women, Pt. II

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A Quote by Lord Lyttleton on ambition, heart, and sex

What is your sex's earliest, latest care, Your heart's supreme ambition? To be fair.

Lord Lyttleton (1709 - 1773)

Source: Advice to a Lady.

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A Quote by Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield on ambition, fear, love, needs, passion, people, pity, pride, and reason

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.

Lord Chesterfield Stanhope (1694 - 1773)

Source: 1746

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