Quotes with defeat
Love can defeat that nameless terror. Loving one another, we take the sting from death. Loving our mysterious blue planet, we resolve riddles and dissolve all enigmas in contingent bliss.
Down the River (1982)
I shall not survive this cruel misfortune. The consequences will be worse than defeat itself. I have no resources left, and, to speak quite frankly I believe everything is lost. I shall not outlive the downfall of my country. Farewell, forever!
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13. May 3, 1919
The defeat of the Democratic party in 1860 has been followed by the revolt of several of the states from the Union, and by the present terrible civil war because it was defeated by a sectional party. We probate that revolt as unnecessary, unjustifiable, unholy! Devoted to the constitution, we invoke the vengeance of God upon all who raise their sacrilegious hands against it; whether wearing the soft gloves of peace, or the bloody gauntlets of war.
Lecture in 1862.
History is essential to wisdom and statesmanship. It teaches the young the virtues of freedom. By apprising them of the past it will enable them to judge the future; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise and knowing it, to defeat its views.
War is a defeat for humanity.
Many a wasted life dates its ruin from a lost five minutes. "Too late" can be read between the lines on the tombstone of many a man who has failed. A few minutes often makes all the difference between victory and defeat, success and failure.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.
Thrice happy is the nation that has a glorious history. 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 neither victory nor defeat.
"The Strenuous Life"
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 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 up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for 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 he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.
"Citizenship in a Republic." Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910
Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose ... If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.