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Defeats Quotes

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

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Related topics: Positive

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Trust yourself. Only you can live your life.
Only you can taste your victories.
Only you can suffer the sting of your defeats.
Make your own choices, and accept your own consequences -
for better or worse.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that darkness is merely the absence of light.
You can be the small candle that defeats the vast darkness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

We must expect reverses, even defeats.
They are sent to teach us wisdom and prudence,
to call forth greater energies, and to prevent our
falling into greater disasters.
- Robert E. Lee

Censorship always defeats it own purpose,
for it creates in the end the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager

The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose,
for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that
is incapable of exercising real discretion.
- Henry Steele Commager


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Some defeats are only installments to victory.
- Jacob Riis

The boy who is going to make a great man must not make
up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles,
but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
- Michel de Montaigne

I always feel that there are no final victories and no final defeats.
But it's true that America is in a hole right now.
There are a lot of dead fish in the water.
- John Sayles

If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats.
But if you take no risks, you win no victories.
- Richard M. Nixon

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

Were you to read the British press today,
you would learn that the British Empire never forgets its defeats.
- Robert Trout

The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top
aren't always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.
- Bertolt Brecht

Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling,
as in all careers of importance, victory comes only
after many struggles and countless defeats.
- Og Mandino

To try to fashion something from suffering,
to relish our triumphs, and to endure defeats without resentment:
all that is compatible with the faith of a heretic.
- Walter Kaufmann

Success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten
through many struggles and defeats.
- Amos Bronson Alcott

I think television defeats ventriloquism.
- Paul Winchell

We don't know what may yet happen to us,
what military and political defeats we may yet have to face.
- Moshe Sharett

Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who
seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.
- Henry Bolingbroke

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
- Maya Angelou

Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant.
It is not in itself the life more abundant.
It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public,
but very often by the artist himself.
In becoming an end it defeats itself.
- Henry Miller

I never thought of losing, but now that it' s happened,
the only thing is to do it right.
That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me.
We all have to take defeats in life.
- Muhammad Ali

My greatest point is my persistence.
I never give up in a match.
However down I am, I fight until the last ball.
My list of matches shows that I have turned a great
many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.
- Bjorn Borg

Some days the competition would beat me and I'd go
home thinking awful thoughts,
want to hide under the bed, depressed.
But of course, in the news business,
when you're working a daily news broadcast,
you get your victories and defeats every day.
- Sam Donaldson

I want to be as honest as I can about the things I've been through -
the sorrows and joys,
victories and defeats - and to use those experiences as a well to draw from.
Hopefully, the songs that result from that kind of
writing will be songs that mean something to others.
- Jim Cole

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners
usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed.
They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.
- B. C. Forbes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.
- Helen Keller

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

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

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

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

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

The bottom line is that after we defeat the armed forces of Iraq,
that we will want to and need to provide stability throughout that country.
- Peter Pace

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

If the war has faded into history, democracy's defeat
in Vietnam has left deep marks in the consciousness of both nations.
- Nguyen Cao Ky

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

Those who committed these cowardly acts may believe
that they have shaken our resolve to defeat terrorism.
They could not be more wrong.
- Doc Hastings

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

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

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.
- Abdul Kalam

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

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

Standardization of our educational systems is apt to
stamp out individualism and defeat the very ends of
education by leveling the product down rather than up.
- Harvey Cushing

Otherwise, we will not be able to defeat the U.S.
imperialists who boast of their technological superiority.
- Kim Il-sung

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

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

Upon the whole it was a Glorious day-Our men are in
the Spirits-and I am confident we shall give them a
total defeat the next Action;
which is at no great distance.
- Anthony Wayne

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

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
- Edwin Markham

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

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

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

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

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


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