50 Quotes About Ambition As The Fire Starter

The following collection of quotes is all about having ambition, drive and purpose in life.

Ambition is having a strong desire to do or achieve something. It’s the fire starter, the rocket fuel and the determination that aims us towards our goals, locks in the target and sets us on the path.

It has a powerful, and sometimes uncanny, ability to drive our thoughts, feelings and actions towards realizing our goals in life.

Powerful stuff right?

Then add some self belief, action and resilience and we’re ‘cooking with gas’ towards our goals.

Okay, without any more fire puns, take a look at this list of quotes about ambition and see what inspires you personally:


Quotes About Ambition


Ambition is your inner voice that tells you you can and should strive to go beyond your circumstances or station in life. Lloyd Blankfein


Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack Obama



We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests. Sheryl Sandberg


Big results require big ambitions. Heraclitus


You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support. Sabrina Bryan


Ambition is not a vice of little people. Michel de Montaigne


You need to realise that you must have something to aim for, something to drive you. Rohit Sharma


Every man must play the part of his ambition. If you are trying to be a successful man, you must play the part. Orison Swett Marden


A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. Marcus Aurelius


Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go. James Cook


The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne


Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. Benjamin Disraeli


The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. Tommy Hilfiger


It’s truly amazing to see where determination and drive will lead you. Zelina Vega


I’ve got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom. Thomas Carlyle


Natural ability is important, but you can go far without it if you have the focus, drive, desire and positive attitude. Kirsten Sweetland


A dream without ambition is like a car without gas… you’re not going anywhere. Sean Hampton


Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. Tim Burton


Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose. Frank Tyger


Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can’t always see it right away. Victoria Arlen


Surround yourself with people who believe in your dreams, encourage your ideas, support your ambitions, and bring out the best in you. Roy T. Bennett


Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities. Frank Herbert


I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish. Chuck Norris


The drive for happiness is vital; it’s what keeps us in motion. Richard Gere


My ambition is to enjoy my life and to do exactly what I want to do. And I’ll do that. I will be free. Venus Williams


Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. Bill Bradley


I am the product of hustlers who taught me how to do it. They gave me a hustler’s ambition. Not a bad thing to get from your parents. But hustling only gets you so far. You have to trust yourself. And you have to be ready to fall on your face and be okay when it happens. Jay Pharoah


Ambition should be made of sterner stuff. William Shakespeare


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


Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke


The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win. Roger Bannister


I had this dream, and I really wanted to be a star. And I was almost a monster in the way that I was really fearless with my ambitions. Lady Gaga


Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy. Bryant H. McGill


You should run your life not by the calendar but how you feel, and what your interests are and ambitions. John Glenn


Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. Oscar Wilde


I’ve always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it’s also been about confidence and faith. Stephen Curry


Women don’t take enough risks. Men are just ‘foot on the gas pedal.’ We’re not going to close the achievement gap until we close the ambition gap. Sheryl Sandberg


A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be. Steven Brust


Ambition is a lust that is never quenched but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment. Thomas Otway


Raise your ambition beyond where you’re capable of now. There’s nothing about my hometown that said I’d be working with Fortune 50 CEO’s, Olympians, at the highest level. Brendon Burchard


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. Napoleon Bonaparte


Failure is only postponed success as long as courage ‘coaches’ ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. Herbert Kaufman


A man without ambition is dead. A man with ambition but no love is dead. A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive. Pearl Bailey


I have to make sure I stay focused and have the same ambition I’ve always had and work hard – that’s the key to success. Romelu Lukaku


As far as I am concerned, ambition is the most dangerous occupation in the world. I have never been ambitious, or if I have, it’s only been by default. Marco Pierre White


Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust. Marquis de Sade


If you are calm about your ambitions, you become confident of achieving what you set out to do. Shiv Nadar


We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. Cesar Chavez


Ambition has become a dirty word, and I believe it is a great evolutionary force for the positive. If people fail or go astray in their ambition, I can live with it but not with people lowering their expectations, wasting time, slacking off and glorifying failure and stupidity. Robert Greene



In the end, it is up to you. You won’t be unsuccessful without ambition, but the desire and passion definitely works in your favor. You have one life and so much potential! What will you do with your time on earth? We hope that this post inspires you to work hard for your goals in life. If you’re interested in more inspiring words and quotes about goals, be sure to check out:


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