“Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.”
It took about two minutes to establish for certain that it was from a 1641 play, The Sophy, by the Anglo-Irish poet and courtier, Sir John Denham.
I was rather surprised to see this on the blog of the well-known author, Paulo Coelho, along with a number of other Fake Buddha Quotes.
Here’s a couple of things the Buddha did say about ambition:
“Let both laymen and monks think that it was done by me. In every work, great and small, let them follow me” — such is the ambition of the fool; thus his desire and pride increase. [Dhammapada, verse 74]
To be of noble birth, with vast ambition and of slender means, and to crave for rulership — this is a cause of one’s downfall. [Sutta Nipata]