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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

Author: Maya Angelou (1928)

Profession: African-American poet, Writer, Performer

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

Author: Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

Profession: American Preacher, Orator, Writer

There are important cases in which the difference between half a heart and a whole heart makes just the difference between signal defeat and a splendid victory.

Author: A. H. K. Boyd


You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.

Author: Paul Brown

Profession: American Football Coach

I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.

Author: Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Profession: British Poet

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

My lowest days as a Christian [and There Were Low Ones--Seven Months Worth Of Them In Prison, To Be Exact] have been more fulfilling and rewarding than all the days of glory in the White House.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

When the frustration of my helplessness seemed greatest, I discovered God's grace was more than sufficient. And after my imprisonment, I could look back and see how God used my powerlessness for His purpose. What He has chosen for my most significant witness was not my triumphs or victories, but my defeat.

Author: Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)

Profession: British Sportsman Writer

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.

Author: Josephus Daniels (1862-1948)

Profession: American Publisher, Editor

Most human organizations that fall short of their goals do so not because of stupidity or faulty doctrines, but because of internal decay and rigidification. They grow stiff in the joints. They get in a rut. They go to seed.

Author: James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

Profession: Twentieth President of the USA

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Author: Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

Profession: American Writer

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.

Author: Lou Holtz (1937)

Profession: American Football Coach

The man who wins may have been counted out several times but he didn't hear the referee.

Author: H. E. Jansen


Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.

Author: Greg Lake