Victory And Defeat Quotes

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A defeat borne with pride is also a victory.
There are defeats more triumphant than victories.


More people are ruined by victory, I imagine, than by defeat.
A victory described in detail is indistinguishable from a defeat.
Every victory is also a defeat.  Nobody gets anything for nothing.
Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognize defeat as his own.
There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.

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If one lives long enough, one sees that every victory sooner or later turns to defeat.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
The fullness of life is in the hazards of life. And, at the worst, there is that in us which can turn defeat into victory.


Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory.  Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.


I am just showing the results of the terrific fight that I have waged inside of myself, and you know that the face of victory often resembles the face of defeat.
Victory is fraught with as much danger as glory.  Victory has very narrow meanings and, if exaggerated or misused, can become a destructive force.  The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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