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Defeat is not the worst of failures.
by George Edward Woodberry

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

Related topics: Success

"Old times" never come back and I suppose it's just as well.
What comes back is a new morning every day in the year,
and that's better.
- George Edward Woodberry

Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life,
the acknowledged voice of life?
- George Edward Woodberry

Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
Murphy's First Corollary If you tell the boss you were
late for work because you had a flat tire,
the next morning you will have a flat tire.
- George Edward Woodberry

 

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.
Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
- Sun Tzu

Circumstances don't defeat you -
you defeat yourself when you give up.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Ingersoll

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The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
- Rabindranath Tagore

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

Consciously adopt the mindset of a young child,
to whom all of life is a grand adventure.
Life is your playground.
Fashion grand castles and sweeping boulevards,
defeat fire-breathing dragons,
leap tall buildings in a single bound.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you find your path, you must not be afraid.
You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes.
Disappointment, defeat, and despair are
the tools God uses to show us the way.
- Paulo Coelho

Life is truly known only to those who suffer,
lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.
- Anais Nin

It's one of life's great paradoxes ...
Accepting with gratitude whatever life throws at us
is critical to happiness.
Yet without a goal and commitment, life lose much of its value.
The best we can do in the face of this paradox
is to play to win, but be cheerful in defeat
and ready to play again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There's a couple of things they don't teach you
in Harvard Business School,
one is how to cope with defeat,
the other is how to handle a shotgun.
- The Simpsons Movie (2007)

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat.
- Wallis Simpson

I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.
- Oskar Schindler

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

They were afraid, never having learned what I taught myself:
Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear.
- G. Gordon Liddy

Victory has a thousand fathers,
but defeat is an orphan.
- John F. Kennedy

I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity,
but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.
- Allen Klein

There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror.
Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it.
And defeat it we must.
- Tony Blair

The natural urge when running a distance is to push
harder and finish sooner -
to race against time.
Every second behind a deadline is a little defeat.
- Joe Henderson

There are many victories worse than a defeat.
- George Eliot

Washington's defeat in 1754 was followed by active
military preparations on both sides.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only
seeks battle after the victory has been won,
whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and
afterwards looks for victory.
- Sun Tzu

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
- Josephus Daniels

The object of China's strategy is inexorably to supplant
the United States as the world's premier economic power,
and if necessary, to defeat us militarily.
- Frank Gaffney

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat.
They do not exist.
- Queen Victoria

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

In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life,
for the two are inextricably related.
Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
- Henry Miller

But man is not made for defeat.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
- Ernest Hemingway

War is grounded in the notion of triumph and defeat.
It is zero-sum.
- Bruce Jackson

One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed -
different plans have to be made.
And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.

If success attends my steps, honor and glory await my name-if defeat,
still shall it be said we died like brave men,
and conferred honor, even in death, on the American Name.
- Zebulon Pike

Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
- Galeazzo Ciano

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
- John F. Kennedy

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune,
or temporary defeat.
- Napoleon Hill

We don't defeat evil by becoming evil.
- Nick Clooney

Miss Searle had always considered boredom an intellectual defeat.
- Mary Renault

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

There is no such thing as defeat in non-violence.
- Cesar Chavez

A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
- Lydia M. Child

Not in the clamor of the crowded street,
not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng,
but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing,
for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
- Quintilian

Emigration is no longer a solution; it's a defeat.
People are risking death, drowning every day,
but they're knocking on doors that are not open.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

We may fight against what is wrong, but if we allow ourselves to hate,
that is to insure our spiritual defeat and our likeness to what we hate.
- George William Russell

The terrorist uses surprise and stealth,
and the only way to defeat that is by having accurate and timely intelligence.
- Bill Nelson

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality.
The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.
- James A. Michener

Mobilize people to vote and to re-elect Clinton as the only way to defeat.
- Gus Hall

Having in my life been bitten by the jaws of both victory and defeat,
I must rush to add that success is to failure as butter
pecan ice cream is to death.
- Rupert Holmes

I bring out the worst in my enemies and that's how
I get them to defeat themselves.
- Roy M. Cohn

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life.
The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated...
it is finished when it surrenders.
- Ben Stein

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.
- Beverley Nichols

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement,
but rather a fresh stimulus.
- Bishop Robert South

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers,
there are important personality profits to be taken.
- William Moulton Marston

We need to defeat al Queda and other terrorist organizations.
- Paul Cellucci

The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know,
and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization.
- Slobodan Milosevic

As always, victory finds a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
- Galeazzo Ciano

I know people who grow old and bitter.
I want to keep making a fresh start.
I don't want them to defeat me.
That would be suicidal.
- Robert Wyatt

To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable.
The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.
- Ludwig von Mises

When something an affliction happens to you,
you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The real peril of war lies not in military defeat.
It lies in war itself, whether we win or lose.
- John T. Flynn

With Germany herself falling, it is not strange that
the nations leagued with her also went down to defeat.
- Kelly Miller

We can only win by giving everything and being ready
to defeat the adversary with fiery aggression.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

The inconvenience, the glaring lights,
the long hours of waiting, and the repetition of every
scene are all calculated to defeat anything more than
a real mastery of love technique.
- Ivor Novello

I tried to contribute to the defeat of the Soviets.
If I contributed 1%, it is 1% of something enormous.
- Edward Teller

Defeat has its lessons as well as victory.
- Pat Buchanan


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