Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.
ambition, n. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.
In ambition, as in love, the successful can afford to be indulgent toward their rivals. The prize our own, it is graceful to recognize the merit that vainly aspired to it.
Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
The object of ambition, unlike that of love, never being wholly possessed, ambition is the more durable passion of the two.
I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.
Don't let ambition get so far ahead that it loses sight of the job at hand.
The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
Don't think about what you want to be, but what you want to do. Keep up some kind of a minimum with other things so that society doesn't stop you from doing anything at all.
My ambition is to construct a painting so that the whole of its surface is alive, however I look at it. Each mark, and the interval between each mark must give something back on its own terms.
Ambition is an expensive impulse, one that requires an enormous investment of emotional capital. Like any investment, it can pay off in countless different kinds of coin.
I always wonder what drives us as Artists.
My lifelong ambition has been to unite the utmost seriousness of question with the utmost lightness of form.
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name!
It is all very well to talk about being the captain of your soul. It is hard, and only a few heroes, saints, and geniuses have been the captains of their souls for any extended period of their lives.
Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
Ambition and aesthetic are often courted by a jester named 'Group Acceptance.
Ambition is vital, but dangerous: it is a keen motive and a driving force, but over what edge can it drive the artist?
I never knew a person who suffered from overwork. There are many, however, who suffered from too much ambition, and not enough action.
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.
We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
Don't bunt. Aim out of the ball park. Aim for the company of immortals.
My ambition is always to know, see and understand more of the visual world and to acknowledge the role of my inner world.
I aspire to be a minimalist, but I don't have the discipline.
The student's ambition should be to become a painter's painter, rather than a popular painter. The approbation of fellow artists based on sympathy and understanding is manifestly better than the fickle or fast homage of the greater public.
Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
The very substance of the ambitions is merely the shadow of a dream.
There seems to be a hypnotic quality to ambition and speed, so that you feel that you are standing still just because you want to go so fast. You might actually be getting close to your goal.