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    Aim

  1. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
      -- Cassius

  2. Not failure, but low aim, is crime.
      -- James Russell Lowell

  3. Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.
      -- E. V. Cooke

  4. High aims form high characters, and great objects bring out great minds.
      -- Tryon Edwards

  5. Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.
      -- Joel Hawes


    Ambiguity

  6. I fear explanations explanatory of things explained.
      -- Abraham Lincoln

  7. Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
      -- Albert Camus

  8. That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means.
      -- Moliere

  9. Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.
      -- Benjamin Franklin


    Ambition

  10. No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
      -- William Blake

  11. We grow small trying to be great.
      -- E. Stanley Jones

  12. Hitch your wagon to a star.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  13. You can't hold a man down without staying down with him.
      -- Booker T. Washington

  14. Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.
      -- David Hume

  15. The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.
      -- William Shakespeare

  16. To be ambitious of true honor and of the real glory and perfection of our nature is the very principle and incentive of virtue; but to be ambitious of titles, place, ceremonial respects, and civil pageantry, is as vain and little as the things are whi
      -- Philip Sidney

  17. Ambition is not a vice of little people.
      -- Michel de Montaigne

  18. Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
      -- Oscar Wilde

  19. The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.
      -- Herbert N. Casson

  20. Some folks can look so busy doing nothin' that they seem indispensable.
      -- Kin Hubbard

  21. Too low they build who build below the skies.
      -- Edward Young

  22. The tallest trees are most in the power of the winds, and ambitious men of the blasts of fortune.
      -- William Penn

  23. Ambition should be made of sterner stuff.
      -- William Shakespeare

  24. A life spent in constant labor is a life wasted, save a man be such a fool as to regard a fulsome obituary notice as ample reward.
      -- George Jean Nathan

  25. It is the constant fault and inseparable evil quality of ambition, that it never looks behind it.
      -- Seneca

  26. Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices: so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
      -- Jonathan Swift

  27. Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
      -- William Lilly

  28. Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.
      -- Niccolò Machiavelli

  29. He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.
      -- Lord Byron

  30. If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.
      -- Publilius Syrus

  31. Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
      -- Thomas Otway

  32. It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
      -- George Eliot

  33. The noblest spirit is most strongly attracted by the love of glory.
      -- Cicero

  34. Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.
      -- Thomas Dunn English

  35. There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.
      -- Arthur P. Stanley

  36. All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.
      -- Joseph Conrad

  37. When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.
      -- Cicero

  38. Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.
      -- Horace

  39. A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself; and a mean man, by one lower than himself. The one produces aspiration; the other ambition, which is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
      -- Henry Ward Beecher

  40. Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.
      -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


    America

  41. Good Americans, when they die, go to Paris.
      -- Thomas Gold Appleton

  42. Whoever wants to know the hearts and minds of America had better learn baseball.
      -- Jacques Barzun

  43. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
      -- Bill Clinton, US President

  44. When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply, 'Ours'.
      -- Vine Deloria, Jr.

  45. America is a willingness of the heart.
      -- F. Scott Fitzgerald

  46. Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
      -- Robert Frost

  47. The true America is the Middle West, and Columbus discovered nothing at all except another Europe.
      -- W.L. George

  48. The greatest American superstition is a belief in facts.
      -- Hermann Keyserling

  49. You will find the Americans much like the Greeks found the Romans: great, big, vulgar, bustling people more vigorous than we are and also more idle, with more unspoiled virtues but also more corrupt.
      -- Harold Macmillan

  50. America and its demons; Europe and its ghosts.
      -- Le Monde

  51. American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
      -- Marshall McLuhan

  52. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
      -- H.L. Mencken

  53. Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.
      -- Lewis Mumford.

  54. In America there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes America what it is.
      -- Gertrude Stein

  55. America has meant to the world a land in which the common man who means well and is willing to do his part has access to all the necessary means of a good life.
      -- Alvin Saunders Johnson

  56. America, thou half-brother of the world;
    With something good and bad of every land.
      -- Philip James Bailey

  57. America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.
      -- Louis D. Brandeis

  58. Americans never quit.
      -- Douglas MacArthur

  59. If there is one word that describes our form of society in America, it may be the word--voluntary.
      -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  60. For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that's sleeping in the unplowed ground.
      -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  61. Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country.
      -- Daniel Webster

  62. America is the country where you buy a lifetime supply of aspirin for one dollar and use it up in two weeks.
      -- John Barrymore

  63. I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American.
      -- Daniel Webster

  64. The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.
      -- Carl N. Degler

  65. A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
      -- Bill Vaughan

  66. America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.
      -- Woodrow Wilson

  67. In the field of world policy, I would dedicate this nation to the policy of the good neighbor.
      -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  68. If she [America] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.
      -- Carl Sandburg

  69. If there is a country in the world where concord, according to common calculation, would be least expected, it is America.
      -- Thomas Paine

  70. I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.
      -- Henry Cabot Lodge

  71. America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
      -- Arnold Joseph Toynbee

  72. The surface of American society is covered with a layer of democratic paint, but from time to time one can see the old aristocratic colors breaking through.
      -- Alexis de Tocqueville

  73. But America is a great, unwieldy Body. Its Progress must be slow.... Like a Coach and six--the swiftest Horses must be slackened and the slowest quickened, that all may keep an even Pace.
      -- John Quincy Adams

  74. America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.
      -- Georges Clemenceau

  75. The country's honor must be upheld at home and abroad.
      -- Theodore Roosevelt

  76. Ideals are the 'incentive payment' of practical men. The opportunity to strive for them is the currency that has enriched America through the centuries.
      -- Robert E. Hannegan

  77. Why is it, whenever a group of internationalists get together, they always decide that Uncle Sam must be the goat?
      -- Bertrand H. Snell

  78. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.
      -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

  79. America.... It is a fabulous country, the only fabulous country; it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
      -- Thomas Wolfe

  80. It may be that without a vision men shall die. It is no less true that, without hard practical sense, they shall also die. Without Jefferson the new nation might have lost its soul. Without Hamilton it would assuredly have been killed in body.
      -- James Truslow Adams

  81. If the American dream is for Americans only, it will remain our dream and never be our destiny.
      -- René de Visme Williamson

  82. America is a country of young men.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  83. Every time Europe looks across the Atlantic to see the American Eagle, it observes only the rear end of an ostrich.
      -- H. G. Wells

  84. The interesting and inspiring thing about America is that she asks nothing for herself except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself.
      -- Woodrow Wilson

  85. Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right.
      -- Carl Schurz

  86. There is a New America every morning when we wake up. It is upon us whether we will it or not.
      -- Adlai E. Stevenson

  87. The less America looks abroad, the grander its promise.
      -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  88. Wake up, America.
      -- Augustus P. Gardner

  89. Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every country.
      -- Sinclair Lewis

  90. America is not merely a nation but a nation of nations.
      -- Lyndon Baines Johnson

  91. I am certain that, however great the hardships and the trials which loom ahead, our America will endure and the cause of human freedom will triumph.
      -- Cordell Hull

  92. America ... a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
      -- Herbert Hoover

  93. For the American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible exception of stupidity.
      -- Will Rogers

  94. We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind.
      -- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

  95. Before you guys came along, we hunted and fished when we wanted to, the women did all the work, and we paid no taxes. And you thought you could improve on this system? Indians have to deal with four "B.C."s: Before Christ, Before Columbus, Before Custer, and before Costner."
      -- Adam Fortunate Eagle (Native American Artist, World Affairs Conference, U. of Colorado 1993)


    Amiability

  96. When the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness that he hath committed and doeth that which is neither quite lawful nor quite right, he will generally be found to have gained in amiability what he has lost in holiness.
      -- Samuel Butler

  97. How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
      -- Anne Sophie Swetchine

  98. Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.
      -- William Ellery Channing

  99. An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
      -- Washington Irving

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