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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Ambition
 
Ambition this shall tempt to rise,
  Then whirl the wretch from high,
To bitter Scorn a sacrifice,
  And grinning infamy.
        Gray.—Prospect of Eton College, Stanza 8.
  1
They that stand high, have many blasts to shake them;
And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act I. Scene 3. (Queen Margaret to Gloster.)
  2
The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder.
        Rollin.—Ancient History, Book VI. Chap. II.
  3
        I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act I. Scene 7.
  4
Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand,
And fortune’s ice prefers to virtue’s land.
        Dryden.—Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. Line 196.
  5
When that the poor have cried, Cæsar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
        Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act III. Scene 2. (Antony to the Citizens.)
  6
Fling away ambition;
By that sin fell the angels.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act III. Scene 2. (Wolsey to Cromwell.)
  7
A hop and skip shall raise the son of a cobbler, well underlaid with pieces, to the government of a prince, till overmuch ambitious cutting wears him to his last.
        Nabbes.—Microcosmus, Act II.
  8
From servants hasting to be gods.
        Pollok.—The Course of Time, Book II.
  9
All my ambition is, I own,
To profit and to please unknown;
Like streams supplied from springs below,
Which scatter blessings as they go.
        Cotton.—To the Reader.
  10
Then should misery’s sons and daughters
  In their lowly dwellings sing;
Bounteous as the Nile’s dark waters,
  Undiscover’d as its spring,
I would scatter o’er the land
Blessings with a secret hand.
        James Montgomery.—The Lyre, Ver. 7.
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