If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
JEAN-PAUL SARTRE, The Devil and the Good Lord
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting, but the length of time you remained down is important.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
One test of strength is the ability to take defeat graciously.
The first step in our journey of prosperity often is defeat.
Defeat is a school in which Truth always grows strong.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
Defeat doesn’t finish a man -- quit does.
A great many people never really discover themselves until ruin stares them in the face. They do not seem to know how to bring out their reserves until they are overtaken by an overwhelming disaster, or until the sight of their blighted prospects and of the wreck of their homes and happiness stirs them to the very center of their beings.... There is something in defeat which puts new determination into a man of mettle.
ORISON SWETT MARDEN, The Optimistic Life
Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it.
GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs
A kingdom is not lost by a single defeat.
ROBERT E. HOWARD, The Hour of the Dragon
Next to victory, there is nothing so sweet as defeat, if only the right adversary overcomes you.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts
Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
JOHN F. KENNEDY, John F. Kennedy on Leadership (Barnes)
Defeat teachus us life's most valuable lessons.
You may glory in a team triumphant, but you fall in love with a team in defeat. Losing after great striving is the story of man, who was born to sorrow, whose sweetest songs tell of saddest thought, and who, if he is a hero, does nothing in life as becomingly as leaving it.
ROGER KAHN, The Boys of Summer
To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.
BRUCE LEE, Striking Thoughts
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, attributed, The Greatest Quotations of All Time
A defeat to a brave man is only a victory deferred.
JAMES ELLIS, attributed, Treasury of Religious Thought
Defeat is a tonic to a brave man.
Where defeat is inevitable, it is expedient to yield.
He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.
JOHN STEINBECK, East of Eden
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
NAPOLEON HILL, Think and Grow Rich
It is defeat that lives on and takes the years to smother.
BEN ROBERTSON, Red Hills and Cotton
The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
BILL BRADLEY, attributed, The Greatest Quotations of All Time
Defeat may prove to have been the only path to resurrection, despite its ugliness.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY, Flight to Arras
There is no defeat except from within.
In the morning I brush my teeth with hope, and at night before bed I brush them with defeat. Both are mint flavored, so I try not to get them mixed up.
JAROD KINTZ, At Even One Penny, This Book Would Be Overpriced
A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat.
LOUIS L'AMOUR, The Walking Drum
What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first to something better.
W. PHILLIPS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.
JOHN STEINBECK, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights
We learn little from victory, much from defeat.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with an extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
MUHAMMAD ALI, attributed, The Greatest Quotations of All Time
To be defeated, but not to give in, is victory.
NEAL ASCHERSON, Wojtek the Bear
Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.
JOSEPHUS DANIELS, The Life of Woodrow Wilson
Humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
RALPH ELLISON, Invisible Man
Avoid defeat and you will avoid success.