|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|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.
|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.)
|The highest and most lofty trees have the most reason to dread the thunder.|
Rollin.Ancient History, Book VI. Chap. II.
| I have no spur|
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which oerleaps itself,
And falls on the other.
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act I. Scene 7.
|Wild ambition loves to slide, not stand,|
And fortunes ice prefers to virtues land.
Dryden.Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. Line 196.
|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.)
|Fling away ambition;|
By that sin fell the angels.
Shakespeare.King Henry VIII., Act III. Scene 2. (Wolsey to Cromwell.)
|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.
|From servants hasting to be gods.|
Pollok.The Course of Time, Book II.
|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.
|Then should miserys sons and daughters|
In their lowly dwellings sing;
Bounteous as the Niles dark waters,
Undiscoverd as its spring,
I would scatter oer the land
Blessings with a secret hand.
James Montgomery.The Lyre, Ver. 7.