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The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.  Sun Tzu

 

 

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

 

 

Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does.  A man is not finished when he’s defeated.  He’s finished when he quits.  Richard Nixon

 

 

You’ve got to learn to survive a defeat.  That’s when you develop character.  Richard Nixon

 

 

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.  Joe Clark

 

 

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.  F Scott Fitzgerald                                                 

 

 

There is no better than adversity.  Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.  Malcolm X

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone.  Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory.  Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.  John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

 

 

He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.  John Steinbeck, East of Eden

 

 

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.  Jean-Paul Sartre

 

 

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

 

 

Victor has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.  Galeazzo Ciano, Italian overseas minister, attributed

 

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There’s an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.  John Fitzgerald Kennedy, cited Bartleby online 

 

 

It is the moment when our resolution seems about to become irrevocable – when the fatal iron gates are about to close upon us – that tests our strength.  Then, after hours of clear reasoning and firm conviction, we snatch at any sophistry that will nullify our long struggles, and bring us the defeat that we love better than victory. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

 

 

The Sicilian Campaign: They [Athenians] had been the victims of one of the greatest defeats in ancient history.  Over 50,000 men had been killed or taken prisoner.  Empires Special: The Greeks: Crucible of Civilisation III: Empire of the Mind, PBS 2000