A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
The Old Man and the Sea
Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.
War is a defeat for humanity.
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.
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.