Art and ambition have a lot in common besides alliteration. Most will tell you that you can have ambition without art, but no true artist can make an impression without ambition.
In honor of the countless hours toiled and sacrificed to make things that we enjoy looking at, talking about, and even trying to recreate ourselves, here are some of my favorite quotes about art and ambition.
“A man’s worth is no greater than the worth of his ambition.”
— Marcus Aurelius
“To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”
— James Allen
“It’s stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition.”
“Art is a basic human right.” — Efrat Cybulkiewicz
“Artistic expression, even when it’s unpleasant, can be a healthy way of coping with feelings.”
— Sue Klebold,
“I have a personal ambition to live my life honestly and honor the true love that I’ve had and also the people I’ve had around me. I want to stay hopeful, even though I get scared about why we’re even alive at all.”
— Lana Del Rey
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”
— Bill Bradley
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.”
— Salvador Dali