Ambition can creep as well as soar.
As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.
It's hard to take over the world when you sleep 20 hours a day.
Deep down, all of us are probably aware that some kind of mystical evolution is our true task. Yet we suppress the notion with considerable force because to admit it is to admit that most of our political gyrations, religious dogmas, social ambitions, and financial ploys are not merely counterproductive but trivial.
While I was young, when I burned with the love of God, I thought I would convert the whole world to God. But soon I realized that it would be more than enough to convert the people who lived in my town, and I made an effort for a long time, but was not successful. Then I realized that my agenda was still too ambitious, and I focused on the people in my household. But I could not convert them either. Finally I realized: I must work on myself, if I'm really going to have something to offer God. But I didn't even accomplish this.
—Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz
God is not dead but alive and well and working on a much less ambitious project.
Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.
Ambition is putting a ladder against the sky.
The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.
Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.