We grow small trying to be great.
A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
Ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
Never let inexperience get in the way of ambition.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees.