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Defeat Quotes

I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.

Author: Tom Landry (1924)

Profession: American Football Player, Coach

We are not retreating -- we are advancing in another direction.

Author: Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Profession: American Army General in WW II

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Author: Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592)

Profession: French Philosopher, Essayist

Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated.

Author: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

Profession: Indian Nationalist, Statesman

Defeat doesn't finish a man -- quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.

Author: Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994)

Profession: Thirty-seventh President of the USA

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

Author: George Orwell (1903-1950)

Profession: British Author, ''Animal Farm''

Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.

Author: Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

Profession: American Christian Reformed Pastor, Speaker, Author

Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility.

Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

Profession: French Aviator, Writer

The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there -- those things the god of battle does not take account of.

Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

Profession: French Aviator, Writer

A man is not defeated by his opponents but by himself.

Author: Jan Christian Smuts (1870-1950)

Profession: South African General, Statesman, and Prime Minister

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat.

Author: Sam Snead (1912)

Profession: American Golfer

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

Author: Source Unknown


Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor?

Author: Virgil

Profession: Roman Poet

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.

Author: George E. Woodberry (1855-1930)

Profession: American Literary Critic

For by superior energies; more strict affiance in each other; faith more firm in their unhallowed principles, the bad have fairly earned a victory over the weak, the vacillating, inconsistent good.

Author: William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Profession: British Poet