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  Ambition Bible Quotes & Promises
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Bible Quotes
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
(Matthew 6:33)

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
(Matthew 16:26)

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
(Matthew 23:12)

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
(Luke 9:25)

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.
(Romans 12:16)

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
(Philippians 2:4)

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
(1 Timothy 3:1)

But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
(1 Timothy 6:9)

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.
(James 4:1,2)

 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world.
(1 John 2:16)

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

I had a burning ambition. Otherwise, I wouldn't have accomplished it.
--Claire Bloom – British Actress Born 1931

I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn't nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.
--Michael J. Fox – Canadian Actor Born 1961

I had ambition not only to go farther than any man had ever been before, but as far as it was possible for a man to go.
--Joseph Conrad – Polish Novelist 1857-1924

I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.
--John Hurt – British Actor Born 1940

I should have been smart enough to stay happy. But my ambition ruled my life.
--Eva Gabor – Hungarian Actress 1921-1995

I used to think I had ambition... but now I'm not so sure. It may have been only discontent. They're easily confused.
--Rachel Field – American Novelist 1894-1942

I wanted to be an outstanding player, that was my ambition.
--Imran Khan – Pakistani Cricket Player and Politician Born 1952

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.
--Elvis Presley – American Musician 1935-1977

Ambition is a drug that makes its addicts potential madmen.
--Emile M. Cioran – Romanian Philosopher 1911-1995

Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
--Thomas Otway – English Dramatist 1652-1685

Ambition is not what man does... but what man would do.
--Robert Browning – English Poet 1812-1889

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – American Poet 1807-1882

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
--Oscar Wilde – Irish Dramatist 1854-1900

Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
--William Eardley IV – American Public Servant Born 1964

Ambition leads me not only farther than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it possible for man to go.
--James Cook – British Explorer 1728-1779

Ambition may be defined as the willingness to receive any number of hits on the nose.
--Wilfred Owen – English Soldier 1893-1918

Ambition never is in a greater hurry that I; it merely keeps pace with circumstances and with my general way of thinking.
--Napoleon Bonaparte – French Leader 1769-1821

At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
--Brian Eno – British Musician Born 19486

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The Bible and Ambition

What Does the Bible Say About Ambition? 
You’ve got drive—you’ve set goals and you’ll do just about anything to reach them. Is that wrong? No. Doesn’t God want you to be the best you can be? Sure he does. However, his wish is two-pronged: Be the best you that you can be, but don’t forget to love him and others along the way.

What the Bible Says
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3

"But we urge you, brothers, to ... aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one."
1 Thessalonians 4:10-12

"Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:26

There’s a fine line between having a lot of ambition and being filled with pride. It’s okay to want to be the best at something, but don’t push other people down in the process of lifting yourself up. Remember, God does want your excellent service but not at the expense of loving others. The greatest commandment is to love God, the second greatest is to love others. Don’t lose sight of that.5


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Definition of Ambition

1 a : an ardent desire for rank, fame, or power
b : desire to achieve a particular end

2 : the object of ambition <her ambition is to start her own business>

3 : a desire for activity or exertion <felt sick and had no ambition>4     




References and notes
The above Bible Promises are from the following books:
1.  The Bible Promise Book Barbour Publishing, Inc
2.  Promise of the Psalms Compiled by Ellen W. Caughey Barbour Publishing, Inc
3.  My Little Book of Promise - Christian Art Gifts
Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online -
What Does the Bible Say About That? -
6.  Brainy Quote -


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