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* Death only this mysterious truth unfolds,
O dire Ambition ! what infernal power The mighty soul, how small a body holds.'
Unchain'd thee from thy native depth of hell, Juvenal tr. by John Dryden. To stalk the earth with thy destructive train,
Murder and lust! to waste domestic peace 140. AMBITION. Choice of
And every heartfelt joy.--Brown.
144. AMBITION. Devil of
How, like a mounting devil in the heart, He reck'd not. - Milton.
Rules the unrein'd Ambition! Let it once
But play the monarch, and its haughty brow Here may we reign secure; and, in my choice, Glows with a beauty that bewilders thought To reign is worth ambition, though in hell.
And unthrones peace for ever. Putting on
The very pomp of Lucifer, it turns 141. AMBITION. Christian
The heart to ashes, and with not a spring
Left in the bosom for the spirit's lip, 'AMBITION is the vice of noble souls !'
We look upon our splendour and forget
The thirst for which we perish! Yet hath life
Many a falser idol.-N. P. Willis.
Lest it conduct to shame! Be thine the care, 145. AMBITION. Disappointments of
I am as one
Who doth attempt some lofty mountain's height, And makes ambition virtue! Be it thine
And having gain'd what to the upcast eye To win thy bright unfading diadem
The summit's point appear'd, astonish'd sees By works of love ! Around his brows shall shine
Its cloudy top, majestic and enlarged, In heaven from glory's source the purest beam,
Towering aloft, as distant as before. Whose aspect here, with beauty most divine,
Joanna Baillie. Reflects the image of the Good SUPREME.
Mant. Ambition sigh'd : she found it vain to trust 142. AMBITION. Curse of
The faithless column, and the crumbling bust.
Pope. Woe to thee, wild Ambition! I employ
Dream after dream ensues,
And still they dream that they shall still succeed,
And still are disappointed.-Cowper.
On the summit see,
heels, They waked in agony to wail the change.
Close at his heels, a demagogue ascends, Darting through all her veins the subtle fire,
And with a dext’rous jerk soon twists him down, The world's fair mistress first inhaled thy breath; | And wins them, but to lose them in his turn. To lot of higher beings learn'd to aspire,
Cowper. Dared to attempt, and doom'd the world to death.
Maria A. Brooks. 146. AMBITION. Dissuasive from
Both ways deceitful is the wine of power; 143. AMBITION; destroys Peace.
When new 'tis heady, and when old 'tis sour.
147. AMBITION. Effects of Will arrogate dominion undeserved Over his brethren, and quite dispossess Some through ambition, or through thirst of gold, Concord and law of nature from the earth. Have slain their brothers, and their country sold. Milton.
Those who to empire by dark paths aspire,
150. AMBITION. Examples of Still plead a call to what they most desire.-Dryden. i
* NAPOLEON, Frederic, Charles, and Cromwell —
these 148. AMBITION. End of
Swept the earth with a besom dipp'd in fire.
They would have kings and nations bend their knees; HERE, like a shepherd gazing from his hut,
Theirs was the untamed thirst of something Touching his reed, or leaning on his staff,
higher, Eager Ambition's fiery chase I see;
An energy of hope, that could not tire, I see the circling hunt of noisy men
The love of self to deeds of might sublimed. Burst law's inclosure, leap the mounds of right, Ambition wrought to habitudes of ire, Pursuing and pursued, each other's prey;
Force, reckless force, uncheck'd, unbent, untimed, As wolves for rapine ; as the fox for wiles;
An aim to gain a height where power had never Till Death, that mighty hunter, earths them all.
climb'd. Why all this toil for triumphs of an hour? What though we wade in wealth, or soar in fame?
They sought they knew not what,--they set no
bound Earth's highest station ends in ‘Here he lies '-
To their wide-clenching grasp — their longing And 'Dust to dust' concludes her noblest song.
As grew their empire,-keenly, as the hound 149. AMBITION. Example of
Catches the deer-track in the morning dew,
They snuff*d the scent of conquest, -victory threw On what foundations stands the warrior's pride, Her laurels at their feet-awhile they gave How just his hopes, let Swedish Charles decide : Blood to the earth like water,-madly flew A frame of adamant, a soul of fire,
Their gore-fed eagles. But the wildest wave No dangers fright him, and no labours tire ;
Breaks and subsides at last ; their end was in the O'er love, o'er fear, extends his wide domain,
grave. Unconquer'd lord of pleasure and of pain.
Now they are dust and ashes; other swarms No joys to him pacific sceptres yield,
People the ground they wasted, other men War sounds the trump, he rushes to the field;
Rise to be torn and toss'd by other storms. Behold surrounding kings their power combine,
Ambition sleeps a moment in her den And one capitulate, and one resign;
To gain new breath, and fire, and strength ; but Peace courts his hand, but spreads her charms in
She blows the ember'd coals, and they are flame. "Think nothing gain'd,' he cries, 'till nought re
So it must be, for it hath ever been :main,
Age rolls on age, and heroes are the same, On Moscow's walls till Gothic standards fly,
The rest, the crowd, the mob, the warlike hunter's And all be mine beneath the polar sky.'
game.-- 7. G. Percival. The march begins in military state, And nations on his eye suspended wait;
151. AMBITION. Fever of
Hew Atlas for my monument; upraise
By rank, oblivion, and the hungry void,
O careless conqueror ! cold, abysmal grave! Condemn'd a needy supplicant to wait,
Is it not sad—is it not sad, my heartWhile ladies interpose and slaves debate.
To smother young Ambition, and depart But did not Chance at length her error mend ?
Unhonour'd and unwilling, like death's slave? Did not subverted empire mark his end ?
No rare immortal remnant of my thought Did rival monarchs give the fatal wound,
Embalms my life ; no poem firmly rear'd Or hostile millions press him to the ground ?
Against the shock of time, ignobly fear'd, His fall was destined to a barren strand,
But all my life's progression come to nought. A petty fortress, and a dubious hand;
Hew Atlas ! build a pyramid in a plain ! He left the name, at which the world grew pale, O, cool the fever burning in my brain! To point a moral or adorn a tale. – Johnson.
152. AMBITION. Fling away
I CHARGE thee, Aling away Ambition ; By that sin fell the angels : how can man then, The image of his Maker, hope to win by 't? . Love thyself last, cherish those hearts that hate thee, Corruption wins not more than honesty. Still, in thy right hand, carry gentle peace To silence envious tongues. Be just and fear not. Let all the ends thou aim'st at be thy country's, Thy God's, and truth's. -Shakespeare.
The fiery soul abhorr’d in Catiline,
Pope. 158. AMBITION. Miery of
AMBITION hath one heel nail'd in hell, Though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens.
Lilly. 159. AMBITION. Mortification of
For when I feel my virtue fail,
153. AMBITION : impatient.
AMBITION is like love, impatient
154 AMBITION. Ingratitude of Brutus. The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins Remorse from power : and to speak truth of Cæsar, I have not known when his affections sway'd More than his reason. But 'tis a common proof, That lowliness is young Ambition's ladder, Whereto the climber upward turns his face : But when he once attains the upmost round, He then unto the ladder turns his back, Looks in the clouds, scoring the base degrees By which he did ascend.- Shakespeare.
155. AMBITION : insatiable. AMBITION is a lust that's never quench'd, Grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.
Otway. Ambition, like a torrent, ne'er looks back; It is a swelling, and the last affection A high mind can put off. It is a rebel Both to the soul and reason, and enforces All laws, all conscience ; treads upon religion, And offers violence to nature's self.-Ben Jonson.
160. AMBITION: natural to man.
The world sufficed not Alexander's mind;
161. AMBITION: often leads to disgrace. WHERE ambition of place goes before fitness Of birth, contempt and disgrace follow.-Chapman.
156. AMBITION : makes life a toil.
BLINDED greatness, ever in turmoil,
157. AMBITION : may be an excellence.
MAN was mark'd A friend, in his creation, to himself, And may, with fit Ambition, conceive The greatest blessings and the brightest honours Appointed for him, if he can achieve them The right and noble way, - Massinger.
162. AMBITION. Penalties of They that stand high have many blasts to shake
them, And if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces.
O false ambition ! Thou lying phantom ! whither hast thou lured me? Ev'n to this giddy height; where now I stand Forsaken, comfortless ; with not a friend In whom my soul can trust. -Brown.
He who ascends to mountain-tops, shall find
163. AMBITION. Power of
them.-Earl of Sterline.
No toil, no hardship can restrain
And at forbidden quarry flies.—Dryden.
Sophists, bards, statesmen, all unquiet things
166. AMBITION. Universal
Not kings alone, Each villager has his ambition too ; No sultan prouder than his fetter'd slave : Slaves build their little Babylons of straw, Echo the proud Assyrian in their hearts, And cry— Behold the wonders of my might!'
For they are strong supporters; but, till then,
Long galleries of ancestors Challenge nor wonder nor esteem from me: • Virtue alone is true nobility.'-Dryden.
Do then as your progenitors have done,
And why? because immortal as their lord;
They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt, instead of their discharge.
But by your fathers' work if yours you rate,
170. ANCESTRY. Pride of
Nor stand so much on your gentility,
Please thy pride, and search the herald's roll, Where thou shalt find thy famous pedigree, Drawn from the root of some old Tuscan tree, And thou, a thousand off, a fool of long degree.
168. AMUSEMENTS. Empty
yours; When your own virtues equal'd have their names, Twill be but fair to lean upon their fames;
Put off your giant titles, then I can