To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunity.
There is one weakness in people for which there is no remedy. It is the universal weakness of lack of ambition!
The great ambition of women is to inspire love.[La grande ambition des femmes est d’inspirer de l’amour.]
Men rise from one ambition to another: first, they seek to secure themselves against attack, and then they attack others.
It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, s***, p***, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?
It is ambition enough to be employed as an under-labourer in clearing the ground a little, and removing some of the rubbish that lies in the way to knowledge.
Creation is like anything else good: you have to wait on it; ambition has killed more artists than indolence.