Generic Definition

“A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work”

Biblical Definition

“A strong desire to do the specific things that are good and pleasing to God, typically requiring determination and hard work.”

Bible Verse

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14

Notable Quotes

Albert Einstein

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

Helen Keller

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Salvador Dali

Spanish surrealist artist
“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. ”

Mark Twain

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”

Jordan Peterson

“Don't compare yourself with other people; compare yourself with who you were yesterday.”

John D. Rockefeller

Business magnate
“The person who starts out simply with the idea of getting rich won't succeed; you must have a larger ambition. There is no mystery in business success. If you do each day's task successfully, and stay faithfully within these natural operations of commercial laws which I talk so much about, and keep your head clear, you will come out all right. ”

Napoleon Bonaparte

“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.”

Cullen Hightower

“When performance exceeds ambition, the overlap is called success.”


  • Character Trait Report (pdf)
    • Intended to be used on a weekly basis.
    • Students describe how they put the character trait into practice.
    • Parent affirms, signs and dates the document.