Fling away ambition;
By that sin fell the angels: how can man then,
The image of his Maker, hope to win by it?
SHAKS.: _Henry VIII.,_ Act iii, Sc. 2.
I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.
SHAKS.: _Macbeth,_ Act i, Sc. 7.
Ambition has but one reward for all:
A little power, a little transient fame,
A grave to rest in, and a fading name.
WILLIAM WINTER: _Queen's Domain._
To reign is worth ambition, though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.
MILTON: _Par. Lost,_ Bk. i., Line 262.
Such joy ambition finds.
MILTON: _Par. Lost,_ Bk. iv., Line 92.