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  • Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.

    Motto of The Revolution (newspaper), 8 Jan. 1868
  • When ambitious men find an open passage, they are rather busy than dangerous; and if well watched in their proceedings, they will catch them selves in their own snare, and prepare a way for their own destruction.

    Ambition   Men   Self  
  • It is not the delicate neurotic person who is prone to angina, but the robust, the vigorous in mind and body, the keen and ambitious man, the indicator of whose engines is always at full speed ahead.

    Men   Mind   Ambitious  
  • It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less

    Motto of The Revolution (newspaper), 8 Jan. 1868
  • When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept: Ambition should be made of sterner stuff: Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man.

    'Julius Caesar' (1599) act 3, sc. 2, l. [97]
  • If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment.

    Men   Effort   Ambitious  
    Edgar Allan Poe, Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1857). “The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe”, p.508
  • Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.

    Hate   Men   Two  
    Charles Baudelaire, Jonathan Mayne (1981). “Art in Paris 1845-1862: salons and other exhibitions”
  • When fortune has been abolished, when every profession is open to everyone, an ambitious man may think it is easy to launch himself on a great career and feel that he has been called to no common destiny. But this is a delusion which experience quickly corrects.

  • A man should know about himself two or three things: whether he is a coward; whether he is an honest man or given to lies; whether he is an ambitious man. One should define oneself first of all in those terms, and only then in terms of culture, race, creed.

    Lying   Men   Race  
    "Joseph Brodsky's Art of Darkness". October 23, 1987.
  • Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

  • Politically, the goal of today’s dominant trend is statism. Philosophically , the goal is the obliteration of reason; psychologically , it is the erosion of ambition. The political goal presupposes the two others. The human characteristic required by statism is docility, which is the product of hopelessness and intellectual stagnation. Thinking men cannot be ruled; ambitious men do not stagnate.

    Ambition   Men   Thinking  
    Ayn Rand (1990). “The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought”, p.229, Penguin
  • Some handsome and ambitious men believe they are above all morality, and a woman's virtue becomes a mere challenge to them.

    William Safire (2000). “Scandalmonger: A Novel”, p.363, Simon and Schuster
  • For men tied fast to the absolute, bled of their differences, drained of their dreams by authoritarian leeches until nothing but pulp is left, become a massive, sick Thing whose sheer weight is used ruthlessly by ambitious men. Here is the real enemy of the people: our own selves dehumanized into the masses. And where is the David who can slay this giant?

    Dream   Real   Men  
  • If any ambitious man have a fancy to revolutionize, at one effort, the universal world of human thought, human opinion, and human sentiment, the opportunity is his own -- the road to immortal renown lies straight, open, and unencumbered before him. All that he has to do is to write and publish a very little book. Its title should be simple -- a few plain words -- My Heart Laid Bare. But -- this little book must be true to its title.

    Honesty   Lying   Book  
    Edgar Allan Poe (2006). “The Portable Edgar Allan Poe”, p.601, Penguin
  • Vanity is the natural weakness of an ambitious man, which exposes him to the secret scorn and derision of those he converses with, and ruins the character he is so industrious to advance by it.

    Character   Men   Vanity  
    Joseph Addison, Richard Hurd, Henry George Bohn (1872). “The Works of the Right Honourable Joseph Addison”, p.158
  • When ambition enters, creativity disappears - because an ambitious man cannot be creative, because an ambitious man cannot love any activity for its own sake. While he is painting he is looking ahead; he is thinking, 'When am I going to get a Nobel Prize?' When he is writing a novel, he is looking ahead. He is always in the future - and a creative person is always in the present.

  • They [i.e. ambitious men] may not cease, but as a dog in a wheel, a bird in a cage, or a squirrel in a chain, so Budaeus compares them; they climb and climb still, with much labour, but never make an end, never at the top.

    Dog   Business   Ambition  
    "The Anatomy of Melancholy". Book by Robert Burton, 1621.
  • Whenever you think of Lincoln as a historian, in his own mind, he becomes the Great Emancipator. This is his role in history henceforth. He was an ambitious man who wanted to make an impact on history, and this is how he did it.

    Men   Thinking   Impact  
    "Eric Foner on the Perennial Relevance of Abraham Lincoln". Interview with Aaron Leonard, October 4, 2010.
  • The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

    Work   Ambition   Men  
  • Hemans gallows ought to be the fate of all such ambitious men who would involve their country in civil wars, and all the evils in its train that they might reign & ride on its whirlwinds & direct the Storm The free people of these United States have spoken, and consigned these wicked demagogues to their proper doom.

    Country   War   Fate  
    Letter to Andrew I. Crawford, May 1, 1833.
  • But I have noticed this about ambitious men, or men in power, that they fear even the slightest and least likely threat to it.

    Power   Men   Ambitious  
    Mary Stewart “The Crystal Cave”
  • The history of ancient and modern republics had taught them that many of the evils which those republics suffered arose from the want of a certain balance, and that mutual control indispensable to a wise administration. They were convinced that popular assemblies are frequently misguided by ignorance, by sudden impulses, and the intrigues of ambitious men; and that some firm barrier against these operations was necessary. They, therefore, instituted your Senate.

    Wise   Ignorance   Men  
  • A man's worth is no greater than his ambitions.

  • Thinking men cannot be ruled; ambitious men do not stagnate.

    Ayn Rand (1990). “The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought”, p.229, Penguin
  • When my mouth shall be filled with dust, and the worm shall feed, and feed sweetly upon me, when the ambitious man shall have no satisfaction if the poorest alive tread upon him, nor the poorest receive any contentment in being made equal to princes, for they shall be equal but in dust.

    Men   Dust   Ambitious  
    John Donne (2010). “Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and Death's Duel”, p.176, Cosimo, Inc.
  • The tallest Trees are most in the Power of the Winds, and Ambitious Men of the Blasts of Fortune.

    William Penn (1726). “A Collection of the Works of William Penn: To which is Prefixed a Journal of His Life, with Many Original Letters and Papers Not Before Published”, p.849
  • The ambitious man has never found his true vocation.

    Men   Ambitious   Found  
    Jiddu Krishnamurti (2005). “Life Ahead: On Learning and the Search for Meaning”, p.77, New World Library
  • Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.

    Funny   Hilarious   Girly  
    "Third and Possibly the Best 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said". Book by Robert Byrne, No. 40, 1986.
  • One of the things that happens in my house on the holidays is after dessert, we sit down to a very ambitious men-versus-women game of Trivial Pursuit. It's brutal. And there's a trophy.

    Holiday   Men   Games  
    "Celebrity Chefs' Christmas Treats & Traditions". Martha Stewart Show, November 8, 2010.
  • The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

    William Shakespeare (2001). “Hamlet”, p.155, Classic Books Company
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