• WordNet 3.6
    • n ambitiousness a strong drive for success
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ambitiousness ăm*bĭsh"ŭs*nĕs The quality of being ambitious; ambition; pretentiousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ambitiousness The quality of being ambitious; ambition.
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  • Robert Burton
    “Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A slave has but one master. An ambitious man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.”
  • William Penn
    “The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “It takes people a long time to learn the difference between talent and genius, especially ambitious young men and women.”


In literature:

He was ambitious, self-willed, and most arbitrary in deed and in speech.
"Abraham Lincoln" by George Haven Putnam
She was beautiful, dexterous, ambitious, and bold; and she attracted the attention, and before long awakened the passion of the king.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
His ambitious appetite grew by the very difficulties it encountered as well as by the successes it fed upon.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume II. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
The clergy had not solicited the edict, the work of an ambitious man backed up by certain fanatics; they were at first embarrassed by it.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume VI. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
Such are the Wits, to whose Tastes we so ambitiously conform our selves.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Their size, with the figures as large as life, made them appear to be ambitious, as they were certainly unusual.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
O most ambitious Star!
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. II." by William Wordsworth
Ambitious he certainly was.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
I suppose she was ambitious, and rich enough for the enterprise.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Fraeulein Mencken, who was married at the age of sixteen, was a clever and ambitious woman.
"Bismarck and the Foundation of the German Empire" by James Wycliffe Headlam
I was not ambitious; but I had many incentives to work.
"In the Days of My Youth" by Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
Very ambitious, practical, energetic, self-reliant, persistent, determined, capable of rule.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Two mighty and ambitious potentates never fully trust one another.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
The four musicians, men who had seen more of the world than the ambitious amateurs, boarded a train for Wheeling.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
She has written other ambitious works, besides songs and male choruses of some merit.
"Woman's Work in Music" by Arthur Elson
And therefore God is ambitious for us.
"Quiet Talks on Power" by S.D. Gordon
These conflicts began in the reign of Croesus, an ambitious king of Lydia in the sixth century before Christ.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Aruns Tarquinius was of a mild and kindly nature, while his wife, the younger Tullia, was cruel and ambitious.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
So this man signalized himself for his valor, and many there were who were ambitious of gaining the like reputation.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 03" by Various
An ambitious man has generally been an ambitious child.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli

In poetry:

I was an Ibex ambitious
To dive over chasms auspicious;
He would leap down a peak
And not light for a week,
And swear that the jump was delicious.
"Billy's Alphabetical Animal Show" by James Whitcomb Riley
Peace, peace! We know your ends and aims,
Your wild, ambitious, monstrous claims;
The States shall reign, the globe a throne,
Your sceptre sway the world alone!
"America--"Peace, Peace, O Peace!"" by Janet Hamilton
Ah, who can fathom thee! Ambitious man,
Like a trained falcon in the Gallic van,
Guided and led, can never reach to thee
With all the strength of weakness--vanity!
"Old Man Of The Mountain" by Mary Baker Eddy
"For myself alone, I would not be
Ambitious in my wish; but, for you,
I would be trebled twenty times myself;
A thousand times more fair,
Ten thousand times more rich."
"For Myself Alone, I Would Not Be" by Louisa May Alcott
Soft o'er his birth, and o'er his infant hours,
The ambitious maid could every care employ;
Then with assiduous fondness cropt the flowers,
To deck the cradle of the princely boy.
"Elegy XXIII. Reflections Suggested" by William Shenstone
John McKeen of the Past! Ah John,
To have grown ambitious in worldly ways--!
To have rolled your shirt-sleeves down, to don
A broadcloth suit, and forgetful, gone
Out on election days!
"John McKeen" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday ordered 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a plan that one analyst called 'almost laughably ambitious.
Whoever says that criminals aren't ambitious has never met William Todd, who shocked police by committing 11 felonies in just 9 hours during a crime spree in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this week.
But unlike his $250-a-bottle Hundred Acre Cabernet, or his new designer vineyard acquisition, Pickett Road, LC is aimed at value wines and hopefully will subsidize Woodbridge's more ambitious vinous pursuits.
Most likely, you wouldn't either, not if you were young and ambitious and living a two-hour drive up the freeway to get to Hollywood.
INTENSIFYING its efforts to reach younger, more fashion-conscious consumers, Levi Strauss & Company is embarking on its most ambitious marketing campaign aimed at gay men and lesbians.
In fact, they're so into them that they've become vastly ambitious and have launched a campaign called "We Believe in Picture Books".
Ambitious Markham on the map and then some: Littler .
With power bills averaging $5,000 a month, Glenforest School was interested in an ambitious solar energy project that could save the small academy big money.
I admit I'm not a very ambitious person, and never have been, but recently my girlfriend broke off our engagement because she said she didn't want to put up with a lazy husband.
Prosecutors call John Edwards manipulative , ambitious.
Woody Guthrie's New Years Rulin's: Photographer Corey Woodruff's Ambitious Tribute.
Partners plan to lense ambitious historical drama in China.
The Sun's change of signs today will make you even more ambitious than usual, and that's good.
The Smashing Pumpkins and EMI Music are continuing their ambitious reissue campaign with the band's entire catalog.
Imagine throwing a party and inviting only the most smug, pretentious, and ruthlessly ambitious college kids.

In science:

While, again, the data show slower running than the two-loop prediction, the scatter and the error bars pretty much preclude any ambitious further analysis. A complete analysis of the data would involve taking the a/L → 0 limit.
Running coupling and mass anomalous dimension of SU(3) gauge theory with two flavors of symmetric-representation fermions
Ambitious plans are being formulated for IR and THz telescopes within the next decade.
Astronomy in Antarctica
The most ambitious project was to map the [CI] and warm CO emission from the Central Molecular Zone (the inner 3◦ of our Galaxy; Martin et al. 2004; see Fig. 18).
Astronomy in Antarctica
The ambitious required jet energy precision (≈ 0.3/pE (GeV )) could be achieved with extremely segmented calorimeters using the particle flow approach .
CALICE Second Generation AHCAL Developments
More ambitiously, we could hope for algorithms that succeed always, and run in polynomial expected time (possibly only for smaller densities α).
Structure of random r-SAT below the pure literal threshold
The imagery and spectroscopy of faint stellar companions (e.g. extrasolar planets or brown dwarfs) are among the most exciting and ambitious goals of contemporary observational programs.
Design, analysis, and testing of a microdot apodizer for the apodized pupil Lyot coronagraph (Research note). III. Application to extremely large telescopes
At first glance, the title of this paper may appear somewhat misleading or more ambitious than the results delivered.
Topology-guided sampling of nonhomogeneous random processes
What is the minimum amount of WOM that is required by a QFA-WOM recognizing a nonregular language? Somewhat less ambitiously, one can ask whether there is any nonregular language recognized by a RT-QFA-WOM with sublinear space.
Quantum computation with devices whose contents are never read
See Sandberg and Beylkin 2009. A less ambitious approach is to lump two variables into one, e.g., velocity and thickness can be lumped into single variable of travel time.
Practical approach to solvability: Geophysical application using complex decomposition into simple part (solvable) and complex part (interpretable) for seismic imaging
Model building towards this direction is ambitious but difficult, mostly since one does not know for certain even what the desired Technicolor dynamics should be.
Topcolor-like dynamics and new matter generations
ArDM envisages a much larger and more ambitious detector (1t of LAr).
Search for WIMPs in liquid argon
Yet these ambitious models have been quite successful in e.g. reproducing the observed penumbral fine structure.
Structures in compressible magnetoconvection and the nature of umbral dots
Due to the high degree of control offered by ultracold lattice gases, simulation of quantum magnetism is becoming one of the most ambitious goals in the field [6–8].
Quantum Memory Assisted Probing of Dynamical Spin Correlations
However, it is the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) that takes the prize as the most ambitious survey to date by mapping a quarter of the entire sky to a median spectroscopic redshift zspec ∼ 0.2 using multi-band photometry with unprecedented accuracy (e.g.
Shedding Light on the Galaxy Luminosity Function
This is an ambitious project that starts from an effective Lagrangian of meson and baryon interactions , and then fits data on pN and gN production channels to a host of final states to determine the mass, width and couplings of N ∗ and D resonances.
Exciting Baryons: now and in the future