Defeat Quotes


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

"Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary."
Mahatma Gandhi

"Do not let defeat be a failure, let defeat be a means of moving on to better things with new knowledge - if you take that type of attitude you will find success even in defeat!"
Catherine Pulsifer

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

"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

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

"There are some defeats more triumphant than victories."
Michael de Montaigne

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."
Maya Angelou

"Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory."
Norman Vincent Peale

"Never let the defeat of the past rob you of the success of your future."
Ray Comfort

"Our brains can only take in so much and if we replace doing dishes by hand, for the dishwasher, so that we can have more time to do 2 other things, that we really did not want to have to do anyway, then we have really defeated the purpose of simple living."
Patty Getz

"You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat."
Paul Brown

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get back up."
Vince Lombardi

"It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies."
Arthur Calwell

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

"Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything."
George Lois

"Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact."
Norman Vincent Peale

"You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another."
Oprah Winfrey

"Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it."
Josephus Daniels

"There is no defeat except for those who give up."
Joseph B. Wirthlin

"I would rather lose in a cause that I know some day will triumph than to triumph in a cause that I know some day will fail."
Wendell L. Willkie

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent."
Marilyn vos Savant

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

"Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats."
Ralph W. Sockman

"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

"Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong."
Henry Ward Beecher

"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started."
Marcus Garvey

"What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better."
Wendell Phillips

"No matter how often you are defeated, you are born to victory."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Man is not made for defeat."
Heraclitus

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

"But there is suffering in life, and there are defeats. No one can avoid them. But it's better to lose some of the battles in the struggles for your dreams than to be defeated without ever knowing what you're fighting for."
Paulo Coelho

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

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."
Theodore Roosevelt

"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."
Wilma Rudolph


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