Ambitious men ought to follow curved lines, the shortest road in politics.
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
Ambition is the immoderate desire of power.
Ambition fortifies the will of man to become ruler over other men: it operates with deception, cajolery, and violence, it is the action of impurity upon impurity.
Ambition – the desire to succeed – to have power – leads to most ills of the human soul.