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30 Ambition Quotes to Motivate You to Succeed in Life

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When the ambition to succeed in life awakens inside you, your motivation to achieve your goals and dreams goes through the roof! Maintain a positive mindset and fuel your drive to succeed with these powerful ambition quotes, and you can reach your full potential!

These quotes about ambitions and goals are provocative, thoughtful, and packed with meaning – which one is your new favorite?

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30 Greatest Ambition Quotes

  1. “A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions.” – Marcus Aurelius
  2. “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain
  3. “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs
  4. “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” – Bill Bradley
  5. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition.” – Napoleon Hill
  7. “Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose.” – Frank Tyger
  8. “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.” – Elvis Presley
  9. “Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams.” – Dwayne Johnson.
  10. “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  11. “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Walter H. Cottingham
  12. “A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.” – Steven Brust
  13. “Ambition beats genius 99 percent of the time.” – Jay Leno
  14. “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition.” – Samuel Johnson
  15. “Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.” – Sir John Denham
  16. “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.” – William Shakespeare
  17. “Ambitions reveal direction.” – Mace Windu
  18. “When your ambition is greater than your fear, your life will get bigger than your dream.” – Farshad Asl
  19. “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
  20. “It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.” – Anthony Trollope
  21. “Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.” – Bryant McGill
  22. “Ambition is more than mere desire. It is desire plus incentive – determination – will to achieve the desire.” – Herbert Armstrong
  23. “Our ambition should be to rule ourselves, the true kingdom for each one of us; and true progress is to know more, and be more, and to do more.” – Oscar Wilde
  24. “The heart is the epicenter of everything as it is where dreams, hopes and ambitions are born.” – Cess Gichuhi
  25. “A dream without ambition is like a car without gas… you’re not going anywhere.” – Sean Hampton
  26. “The man who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won’t succeed, you must have a larger ambition.” – John D. Rockefeller
  27. “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 principals which direct them.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  28. “Motivation and ambition either come from fear or love, it’s up to you to choose.” – Kevin Kerr
  29. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” – Timothy Leary
  30. “A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.” – Liberty Hyde Bailey

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Final thoughts on ambition quotes

How do you feel after reading these ambition quotes? Do you feel motivated and inspired? Hungry and hopeful?

Remember, as these quotes about ambitions and goals say, simply having a dream or a goal isn’t enough to succeed in life – you have to go out and put energy towards achieving them!

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