ambition

A Quote by Lewis Carroll on mathematics and ambition

The different branches of Arithmetic - Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Chapter 9

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on ambition, divinity, heaven, hell, imagination, people, and elightenment

Do not imagine that an integral being has the ambition of enlightening the unaware or raising worldly people to the divine realm. To her, there is no self and other, and hence no one to be raised; no heaven and hell, and hence no destination.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: The Hua Hu Ching, (27)

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A Quote by Joseph Epstein on ambition, birth, choice, circumstances, country, cowardice, death, decisions, destiny, history, indifference, life, parenthood, purpose, time, and universe

We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or adrift. We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do. But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about.

Joseph Epstein

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A Quote by Jon Anderson on ambition, blindness, design, freedom, power, and reason

Cage of freedom, that's our prison; we're the jailer and captive combined Cage of freedom, cast in power; all the trappings of our own design. Blind ambition, steals our reason; we're soon behind those invisible bars On the inside, looking outside; to make it safer we double the guard.

Jon Anderson

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A Quote by John Webster on ambition, death, and life

Vain the ambition of kings Who seek by trophies and dead things To leave a living name behind, And weave but nets to catch the wind.

John Webster (c.1580 - c.1625)

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A Quote by John Stevenson on ambition, jobs, needs, people, and success

Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.

John Stevenson

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A Quote by John Quincy Adams on ambition, america, assumptions, change, colors, destruction, envy, force, freedom, heart, independence, individuality, interest, liberty, maxims, power, spirit, sympathy, and world

Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her [America's] heart, her benedictions and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. . . . She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit. This appears with minor variations in punctuation and with italics in the phrase "change from liberty to force," in John Quincy Adams and American Continental Empire, ed. Walter LaFeber, p. 45 (1965).

John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

Source: An Address…. Celebrating the Anniversary of Independence, at the City of Washington on the Fourth of July 1821…, p. 32 (1821).

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A Quote by John Milton on ambition and joy

Such joy ambition finds.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book iv. Line 92.

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A Quote by John Milton on ambition, choice, heaven, hell, security, and worth

Here we may reign secure; and in my choice To reign is worth ambition, though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 261.

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A Quote by John Dryden on ambition

Accurst ambition, How dearly I have bought you.

John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

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