The Best Quotes About Defeat  

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A list of the best defeat quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous defeat quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic defeat quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational defeat quotes from that same writer.

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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. Henry Ward Beecher
Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Henry Ward Beecher
I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God. Robert Browning
I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. Lou Holtz
A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway
When the frustration of my helplessness seemed greatest, I discovered God's grace was more than sufficient. And after my imprisonment, I could look back and see how God used my powerlessness for His purpose. What He has chosen for my most significant witness was not my triumphs or victories, but my defeat. Charles Caleb Colton
My lowest days as a Christian -- and There Were Low Ones--Seven Months Worth Of Them In Prison, To Be Exact have been more fulfilling and rewarding than all the days of glory in the White House. Charles Caleb Colton
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. Winston Churchill
To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization. George Orwell
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
‎"Dreamers and dreaming dead, lots of them from neither here nor there with no chance of getting home again, lost in place and time..." Janet Morris, Chris Morris
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction. Douglas MacArthur
The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there -- those things the god of battle does not take account of. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor? Virgil
Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated. Jawaharlal Nehru
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne
Commonly, people believe that defeat is characterized by a general bustle and a feverish rush. Bustle and rush are the signs of victory, not of defeat. Victory is a thing of action. It is a house in the act of being built. Every participant in victory sweats and puffs, carrying the stones for the building of the house. But defeat is a thing of weariness, of incoherence, of boredom. And above all of futility. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
For by superior energies; more strict affiance in each other; faith more firm in their unhallowed principles, the bad have fairly earned a victory over the weak, the vacillating, inconsistent good. William Wordsworth
Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact. Norman Vincent Peale