My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.
This is the end of an epic tale, the story of my coming of age, which, like in the novels of the same description, went from wonder to ambition, from ambition to disillusion, and from disillusion to cynicism.
It was very different when the masters of science sought immortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand: but now the scene was changed. The ambition of the inquirer seemed to limit itself to the annihilation of those visions on which my interest in science was chiefly founded. I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth.
Don't laugh at the spinsters, dear girls, for often very tender, tragic romances are hidden away in the hearts that beat so quietly under the sober gowns, and many silent sacrifices of youth, health, ambition, love itself, make the faded faces beautiful in God's sight. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason.
Jo's ambition was to do something very splendid; what it was she had no idea, as yet, but left it for time to tell her…
Kraft was a skinny, harmless kid from Pennsylvania who wanted only to be liked, and was destined to be disappointed in even so humble and degrading an ambition. Instead, of being liked, he was dead, a bleeding cinder on the barbarous pile whom nobody had heard in those last precious moments while the plane with one wing plummeted.
Ambition is all very well, my lad, but you must cloak it.
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.
There's a kind of luck that's not much more than being in the right place at the right time, a kind of inspiration that's not much more than doing the right thing in the right way, and both only really happen to you when you empty your heart of ambition, purpose, and plan; when you give yourself, completely, to the golden, fate-filled moment.
But indefinite visions of ambition are weak against the ease of doing what is habitual or beguilingly agreeable; and we all know the difficulty of carrying out a resolve when we secretly long that it may turn out to be unnecessary. In such states of mind the most incredulous person has a private leaning towards miracle: impossible to conceive how our wish could be fulfilled, still - very wonderful things have happened!
I had some ambition. I meant everything to be different with me. I thought I had more strength and mastery. But the most terrible obstacles are such as nobody can see except oneself.
Hit that back-stabber where it hurts, right in the ambition.
How dost thou wear and weary out thy days, Restless Ambition, never at an end.
Much ink has been spent on the tale of getting the show to the screen, ... The proof is in the product, however, and we say without reservation it is a series that charts entirely new ground in terms of scope and ambition, yet remains rooted firmly in the fundamentals of solid characters and well-told stories.
Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day's work well. The travelers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.
I see my face in the mirror, and I said, No, my ambition is not to be an actor.
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.
If you have ambition, you might not achieve anything, but without ambition, you are almost certain not to achieve anything.
One of the things I realized early in my career is that you do what you believe, in knowing that if you don't, you will never like yourself. When you compromise out of fear or ambition, it eats inside you.
A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Ambition is a vice which often puts men upon doing the meanest offices so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers.
Flesh and blood,
You, brother mine, that entertain'd ambition,
Expell'd remorse and nature, who, with Sebastian-
Whose inward pinches therefore are most strong-
Would here have kill'd your king, I do forgive thee,
Unnatural though thou art.
For me, ambition has become a dirty word. I prefer hunger. To be hungry-great. To have hopes, dreams-great.
Of all kinds of ambition, that which pursues poetical fame is the wildest.
Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition.
Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.
Gavin creates a nice link between last year's squad and what we are doing this year. His ambition, energy and passion for the game will be a valuable asset to the Timbers and to the soccer community.