"Although the soldiers held Crassus to blame for all their ills, still they yearned to see his face and hear his voice. But he was lying on the ground by himself, enveloped in darkness, to the multitude an illustration of the ways of fortune, but to the wise an example of foolish ambition, which would not let him rest satisfied to be first and greatest among many myriads of men, but made him think, because he was judged inferior to two men only, that he lacked everything."
— Plutarch - The Life of Crassus
"Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. It sees no distinction in adding story to story upon the monuments of fame erected to the memory of others. It denies that it is glory enough to serve under any chief. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction; and if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves or enslaving freemen."
"He's a highly talented guy. He does very good movies and he's not the sort of person who always talks bullshit. He does many, many things right. But he's also sick. Obsessed. He wants to make history, not movies. Anyone who wants to make history is stupid."
"As the mind to the body so the soul to the spirit, as death to the mortal man so failure to the immortal, such is the price of all ambition."
"There is no guilt greater than to sanction ambition; no calamity greater than to be discontented with one's lot; no fault greater than the wish to be getting. Therefore the sufficiency of contentment is an enduring and unchanging sufficiency."
"Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking, squealing Gucci little piggy"
—Radiohead, "Paranoid Android"
"Whatever quality of human greatness I have the talent to portray—that was the quality the outer world sought to degrade. They let me play nothing but symbols of depravity, nothing but harlots, dissipation-chasers and home-wreckers, always to be beaten at the end by the little girl next door, personifying the virtue of mediocrity."
—Kay Ludlow, Atlas Shrugged
"There is a passion in the human heart that is called aspiration. It flares with the noble flame, and by its light Man has traveled from the caves of darkness to the darkness of outer space. But when this passion becomes lust, when its flame is fanned by greed and private hunger, then aspiration becomes ambition—by which sin the angels fell."
Annie: Does anyone ever choose Slytherin?
George: No, because that would be like saying 'I'm a sociopath.'
"That such a man could go so far toward realizing his ambitions—that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come."
— Modern introduction to Mein Kampf
"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing."
— James 3:16, The Bible (New American Standard Version)
"I knew you weren't normal, but to have such an ambition at such a young age... It's no wonder you fell to Hades. Hmhmhm..."
— Valvatorez, about Fuka Kazamatsuri, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
"Motivation is bullshit, if you ask me this country could use a little less motivation. The people who are motivated are the ones who are causing all the trouble! Stock swindlers, serial killers, child molesters, Christian Conservatives, these people are highly motivated! I think motivation is overrated. You show me some lazy prick who's lying in bed all day, watching game shows and stroking his penis, and I'll show you a guy who's not causing any fucking trouble, okay?"
"I think for the most part people are good to start with. I think evil is somethin you bring on your own self. Mostly from wantin what you ainít supposed to have."
—Black, The Sunset Limited
"Farewell, Walton! Seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries. Yet why do I say this? I have myself been blasted in these hopes, yet another may succeed."