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The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The common faults of American language are an ambition of effect, a want of simplicity, and a turgid abuse of terms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To become Christ-like is the only thing in the whole world worth caring for, the thing before which every ambition of man is folly and all lower achievement vain.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Firm, faithful, and devoted, full of energy and zeal, and truth, he labors for his race; he clears their painful way to improvement; he hews down like a giant the prejudices of creed and caste that encumber it. He may be stern; he may be exacting; he may be ambitious yet; but his is the sternness of the warrior Greatheart, who guards his pilgrim convoy from the onslaught of Apollyon. His is the exaction of the apostle, who speaks but for Christ, when he says, Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. His is the ambition of the high master-spirit, which aims to fill a place in the first rank of those who are redeemed from the earth -- who stand without fault before the throne of God, who share the last mighty victories of the Lamb, who are called, and chosen, and faithful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To survive there, you need the ambition of a Latin-American revolutionary, the ego of a grand opera tenor, and the physical stamina of a cow pony.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The men and woman who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else...some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in their lives of others. Your ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. But the heartbroken people -- if I may use the word in a mild, benevolent sense -- the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Discontent is something that follows ambition like a shadow.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The preserve of ambition and folly in pursuit of illusion, or delusion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I have no ambition to govern men. It is a painful and thankless officeMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The aphorism in which I am the first master among Germans, are the forms of eternity; my ambition is to say in ten sentences what everyone else says in a book -- what everyone else does not say in a book.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
After a rich man gets rich, his next ambition is to get richer.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He who sacrifices his conscience to ambition burns a picture to obtain the ashes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When ambition ends, happiness begins.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
O eloquent, just, and mighty Death! whom none could advise, thou hast persuaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered, thou only hath cast out of the world and despised. Thou hast drawn together all the far-stretched greatness, all the pride, cruelty, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Formal education is but an incident in the lifetime of an individual. Most of us who have given the subject any study have come to realize that education is a continuous process ending only when ambition comes to a halt.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase getting something for nothing, as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic, and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as he may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I had no ambition to make a fortune. Mere money-making has never been my goal, I had an ambition to build.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is the nature of ambition to make men liars and cheats, to hide the truth in their breasts, and show, like jugglers, another thing in their mouths, to cut all friendships and enmities to the measure of their own interest, and to make a good countenance without the help of good will.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The aim of life is some way of living, as flexible and gentle as human nature; so that ambition may stoop to kindness, and philosophy to condor and humor. Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper, bloody hands, an anguished spirit, and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In literature the ambition of the novice is to acquire the literary language: the struggle of the adept is to get rid of it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Ambition if it feeds at all, does so on the ambition of others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Where ambition ends happiness begins.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons. What this century worships is wealth. The God of this century is wealth. To succeed one must have wealth. At all costs one must have wealth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Boris Lermontov: "The Ballet of The Red Shoes" is from a fairy tale by Hans Andersen. It is the story of a young girl who is devoured with an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of Red Shoes. She gets the shoes and goes to the dance. For a time, all goes well and she is very happy. At the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home, but the Red Shoes are not tired. In fact, the Red Shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by but the Red Shoes go on.
Julian Craster: What happens in the end?
Boris Lermontov: Oh, in the end, she dies.More [07/29/2005 12:07:00]
I think the level of ambition of this piece is something that attracted all of us, ... doing something in a genre where you can deal with supernatural elements, but really see them through the human beings.More [03/23/2006 12:03:00]
As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too.More [05/19/2006 12:05:00]
“I was really short. I remember going to the doctor to see if there were injections I could take to be taller. But whenever we ran a lap, I wanted to run the fastest. I don't know why, on the wheel of fortune of personality traits, it stopped on ambition and hustle and drive.”More [06/10/2006 12:06:00]
“I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.”More [07/03/2006 12:07:00]
Whatever ambivalence I felt about my own career, Frankie more than made up for it with his ambition and tenacity.More [07/27/2006 12:07:00]
So they've actually - it's not that her character is a singer, but she had ambition to do that at an earlier time in her life. So I've actually sung two or three times now on the show.More [08/29/2006 12:08:00]
“My ambition is to be happy.”More [10/01/2006 12:10:00]
“I never gave a thought to running, ... Not even in my heart of hearts do I have an ambition to do that.”More [11/08/2006 12:11:00]
What I look for in a guy is passion and ambition and there's nothing sexier than intellect, so hopefully that would be reciprocated.More [03/01/2007 12:03:00]
I wasn't really interested in doing television. I don't have that much ambition. My agent, Eileen Feldman, has all the ambition for me.More [03/25/2007 12:03:00]
George: So in the end, was it worth it? Jesus Christ. How irreparably changed my life has become. It's always the last days of summer and I've been left out in the cold with no door to get back in. I'll grant you I've had more than my share of poignant moments. Life passes most people by when they're busy making grand plans for it. Throughout my lifetime I've left pieces of my heart here and there. And now, there's almost barely enough to stay alive. But I force a smile, knowing that my ambition far exceeded my talent. There are no more white horses or pretty ladies at my door.More [04/11/2007 12:04:00]
Sarah Williams: Ambition is... the ice on the lake of emotion.
[They walk for a moment in silence]
Fielding Pierce: Who said that?
Sarah Williams: I did.More [05/14/2007 12:05:00]
Learn to live in this world with self-respect. You should always cherish some ambition of doing something in this world. But remember that the age of selflessness has ended. A new epoch is set in. All things are now possible because of your being able to participate in the politics and legislature of your country.More [07/04/2007 12:07:00]
But ambition does funny things to people.More [12/29/2007 12:12:00]
Mrs. Marcus: Now for the last time. Are we calling Sylvester or not?
J. Russell Finch: No! We are not! And I'll tell you why not. Because your son Sylvester is an irresponsible, unreliable, big loudmouth no good bum! Who if he isn't a crook? It’s because he doesn't have the brains or ambition even to become a crook!
J. Algernon Hawthorne: I say: *Good show*!More [04/25/2008 12:04:00]
Ordell Robbie: Damn girl, you gettin' high already? It's only 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I get my shit done for the day, then I get high. And besides, getting high and watching TV will rob you of your ambition!
Melanie: Not if your ambition is to get high and watch TV...More [04/27/2008 12:04:00]
Celine: I'm not interested in you, or your novel, or any other pathetic ambition you have to change your miserable, mundane existence.More [07/21/2008 12:07:00]
There is, however, another purpose to which academies contribute. When they consist of a limited number of persons, eminent for their knowledge, it becomes an object of ambition to be admitted on their list.More [09/22/2008 12:09:00]
Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
I've been watching you for some time, Mr. MacDonald.



Jimmy MacDonald:
Yes, sir. Used to make me kinda nervous.


[squirms in his shirt]



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
Not nervous any more?



Jimmy MacDonald:
No, sir.


[squirms in his shirt]



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
Are you a drinking man, then?



Jimmy MacDonald:
Sir?



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
This is part of your yesterday's work. I believe your number's 112.



Jimmy MacDonald:
Yes, sir.



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
The Contometer Computing Machine is almost fool-proof, Mr. MacDonald. Yet, you managed to miss your total by a little matter of $11,000 on this one sheet. To what do you attribute that?



Jimmy MacDonald:
I... er... I don't know, Mr. Waterbury.



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
You're familiar with simple arithmetic, aren't you ? I mean, you know the difference between addition, subtraction and... possibly even multiplication?



Jimmy MacDonald:
Yes, sir.


[incredulous]



Jimmy MacDonald:
I'm pretty good at it.



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
Have you troubles at home, then? Ya henpecked? Suffering from a broken heart? Had yer teeth examined lately? Do ya play the races? Or are you purely and simply incapable of doing your work?



Jimmy MacDonald:
Well I... I guess it's the contest, Mr. Waterbury - the Maxford House contest. I had no idea it was hurting my work.



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
How much is the prize?



Jimmy MacDonald:
The *first* prize is $25,000.



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
Unnh


[smiles ironically]



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
I used to think about $25,000 too, and what I'd do with it. That I'd be a failure, if I didn't get a hold of it. And then one day I realized that I was *never* gonna have $25,000, Mr. MacDonald.


[reflecting]



Mr. E.L. Waterbury:
And then another day... uhh... a little bit later - *considerably* later - I realized something else - something I'm imparting to you now, Mr. MacDonald. I'm not a failure. I'm a success. You see, ambition is all right if it works. But no system could be right where only half of 1% were successes and all the rest were failures - that wouldn't be right. I'm not a failure. I'm a success. And so are you, if you earn your own living and pay your bills and look the world in the eye. I hope you win your $25,000, Mr. MacDonald. But if you shouldn't happen to, don't worry about it. Now get the heck back to your desk and try to improve your arithmetic.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[last lines]



Queen Elizabeth:
And now, my loyal subjects, a grave duty confronts us all: To prepare our nation for a war that none of us wants, least of all your queen. We have tried by all means in our power to avert this war. We have no quarrel with the people of Spain or of any other country; but when the ruthless ambition of a man threatens to engulf the world, it becomes the solemn obligation of all free men to affirm that the earth belongs not to any one man, but to all men, and that freedom is the deed and title to the soil on which we exist. Firm in this faith, we shall now make ready to meet the great armada that Philip sends against us. To this end, I pledge you ships - ships worthy of our seamen - a mighty fleet, hewn out of the forests of England; a navy foremost in the world - not only in our time, but for generations to come.



Carl Pitt:
[leading a cheer] To England, and the Queen!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[from the scaffold]



Capt. William Kidd:
So here's me bequest to them what hunts what I have hid and to their sons sons down through the corridors of time: greed that spawns murder; hatred that corrodes the soul; ambition - the foulest strumpet of all.



Heckler at Kidd's hanging:
[to hangman] Hey, Dick - Dick Kent. Sell me a bit of that rope for a sixpence will you?



Capt. William Kidd:
Save your money, me lads. You can have it all for nothing if you'll only step here and wear it!


[to hangman]



Capt. William Kidd:
Hurry up, Kent. Can't wait forever.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[Describing the ballet of the Red Shoes]



Boris Lermontov:
"The Ballet of The Red Shoes" is from a fairy tale by Hans Andersen. It is the story of a young girl who is devoured with an ambition to attend a dance in a pair of Red Shoes. She gets the shoes and goes to the dance. For a time, all goes well and she is very happy. At the end of the evening she is tired and wants to go home, but the Red Shoes are not tired. In fact, the Red Shoes are never tired. They dance her out into the street, they dance her over the mountains and valleys, through fields and forests, through night and day. Time rushes by, love rushes by, life rushes by, but the Red Shoes go on.



Julian Craster:
What happens in the end?



Boris Lermontov:
Oh, in the end, she dies.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]

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