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Ambition

Alger, Horatio
author of a series of rags-to-riches stories. [Am. Lit.: Ragged Dick]
Bart, Lily
sacrifices her principles and her chance for love in schemes to climb the social ladder. [Am. Lit.: The House of Mirth in Hart, 385]
Chardon, Lucien
(de Rubempré) young writer determined to achieve fame and wealth. [Fr. Lit.: Balzac Lost Illusions in Magill II, 595]
Claudius
murders to gain throne; plots to keep it. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
Constance
ambitious for her son Arthur. [Br. Lit.: King John]
Faustus, Doctor
makes a pact with the devil to further his own ambitions. [Br. Lit.: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus]
Golden Boy
talented young violinist gives up musical career for the sake of wealth and fame as a boxer. [Am. Lit.: Odets Golden Boy in Magill III, 422]
hollyhock
traditional symbol of ambition. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 174]
John, King
aspiring, self-assertive king of mediocre character. [Br. Lit.: King John]
Macbeth
aspires to political power. [Br. Lit.: Macbeth]
Macbeth, Lady
stops at nothing to gain political power for husband. [Br. Lit.: Macbeth]
mountain laurel
traditional symbol of ambition. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 175]
Ragged Dick
hero of a Horatio Alger rags-to-riches story. [Am. Lit.: Ragged Dick]
Roxana
sleeps with the rich to get ahead in world. [Br. Lit.: Roxana, The Fortunate Mistress]
Sejanus
chief minister of Emperor Tiberius uses seduction, conspiracy, and poisoning to gain the throne. [Br. Drama: Benét, 912]
Slope, Rev. Obadiah
vainly strives to advance himself in objectionable ways. [Br. Lit.: Trollope Barchester Towers in Magill I, 55]
Sutpen, Thomas
from poor origins, tries to gain aristocratic status. [Am. Lit.: Faulkner Absalom, Absalom in Magill I, 5]
Tamburlaine
Scythian bandit becomes king of Persia and ruler of Turkey and Babylon. [Br. Drama: Tamburlaine the Great in Magill I, 950]
What Makes Sammy Run
a dynamic but vicious opportunist attains success. [Am. Lit.: What Makes Sammy Run]
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AMBITIONS vary, depending on age, but the top priorities across all age groups surveyed are either to own a home or make home improvements.
Schools with fifth- to eighth-grade students could harness their students' budding entrepreneurial inclinations by providing more opportunities to teach them how to turn their ambitions into reality later in life.
Let me put it this way, there are people who have high ambitions, they are too ambitious and they have been clouded by their ambitions, political ambitions.
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The North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) believes that working on a regional level is key to unlocking the area's potential.
I would rather sit and watch my same-age peers who read too much and watch news 24/7, do the talking and engage in conversations that involve great ambitions, politics, economy, conflicts and the rest.
Pardew said:"Can I fulfil all my ambitions with Newcastle?
There is a clear difference between dreams and ambitions although they are often incorrectly used synonymously.
Across the UAE there are so many opportunities for women to achieve success in the pursuit of their ambitions.
They could now be in with a chance-of-a-lifetime bespoke development package to support the achievement of their ambitions, which could be worth up to pounds 40,000 each.
London, Sep 29(ANI): Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who is currently in self-imposed exile, has said that he will return to Pakistan to fulfill the ambitions of the country.