A Bringer of New Things

Musings on personal growth, books, motherhood, writing, and more.

Quotes: Ambition and Aspiration

“Think for a moment that he who looks for what is impossible may be justly denied what is possible.”
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, Part I, Chapter XXXIII

“It is what we aspire to be that colours our characters—and it is our trying, not just our succeeding, which ennobles them.”
A.C. Grayling, Meditations for the Humanist

“All things that are, / Are with more spirit chased than enjoy’d.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice II.vi

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.”
Samuel Johnson

“My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

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