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Defeat Quotes

These Motivational Quotes about Defeat are dedicated to your career and personal success in life.

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

Related topics: Motivational Business Government Political War

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

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

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

 

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

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


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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

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

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

The limitation of riots, moral questions aside,
is that they cannot win and their participants know it.
Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary
because it invites defeat.
It involves an emotional catharsis,
but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

Man is not made for defeat.
- Ernest Hemingway

Some of the generals are saying, 'We're making progress.
We are clearing an area.' But you really don't defeat
the Taliban by clearing an area.
They move.
- Colin Powell

When one is trying to do something beyond his known
powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends.
Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
- Henry Miller

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

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat;
the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure
but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may
reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed.
- Napolean Hill

The mission - the overall mission is to dismantle and
defeat and disrupt al-Qaeda.
But we have to make sure there's not a safe haven that returns in Afghanistan.
- Michael Mullen

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

Criticism and pessimism destroy families,
undermine institutions of all kinds,
defeat nearly everyone,
and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
- Malcolm Forbes

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.
- Francis Marion Crawford

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

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few
years in either victory or defeat.
The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors,
its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold

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

Before Alamein we never had a victory.
After Alamein we never had a defeat.
- Winston Churchill

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

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

If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.
- Zig Ziglar

The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is
constituted by the difference between what one was
capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
- Ashley Montagu

Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by
revolt within or by defeat by a rival.
- John Boyd Orr

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

The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings
is constituted by the difference between what one was
capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
- Ashley Montague

We are going to have to be there until we defeat this enemy.
- Thelma Drake

When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound,
rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
- Napolean Hill

We remain united with the British, and our allies around the world,
in our resolve to defeat terrorism and bring those
who commit these acts to justice.
- Doc Hastings

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.

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

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

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

If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
- Simone de Beauvoir

The failure of the Russian Socialist Republic will
be the defeat of the proletariat of the whole world.
- Karl Liebknecht

Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory,
or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat.
- John Boyd Orr

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

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

There could be no honor in a sure success,
but much might be wrested from a sure defeat.
- Ann Landers

There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories,
the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains
or sustains at the hands not of another,
but of himself.
- Plato

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

If I practised sex, out of moral conviction,
that was one thing; but to enjoy it...
seemed a defeat.
- Martha Gellhorn

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
- Bill Bradley

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

We are the most powerful nation on earth.
No external power, no terrorist organization,
can defeat us.
But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.
- George Soros

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat
some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization
without destabilizing the whole planet.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika

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

In the moment when I truly understand my enemy,
understand him well enough to defeat him,
then in that very moment I also love him.
- Orson Scott Card

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

I look at the Senior Al Gore that I had the chance
to serve in the Senate with.
A great human being.
He went down to defeat to this right wing bunch back at the time.
- Birch Bayh

You can learn little from victory.
You can learn everything from defeat.
- Christy Mathewson

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has
failed after repeated efforts.
If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
- Orison Swett Marden

The greatest thing the Democrats have ever done for
me was to defeat me for the governor of Tennessee.
- Roy Acuff


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