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Definition of Ambition


  1. The act of going about to solicit or obtain an office, or any other object of desire; canvassing.
  2. An eager, and sometimes an inordinate, desire for preferment, honor, superiority, power, or the attainment of something.
  3. To seek after ambitiously or eagerly; to covet.

Ambition Quotations

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

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

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

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
Niccolo Machiavelli
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Ambition Translations

ambition in Dutch is ambitie, eerzucht
ambition in French is ambicion, ambition, aspiration
ambition in German is Ehrgeiz
ambition in Italian is ambizione
ambition in Latin is cupiditas
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