quotations about victory
No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Sound and the Fury
Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
MALCOLM S. FORBES, Wisdom Through the Ages
Yes, victory is sweet, but it doesn't necessarily make life any easier the next season or even the next day.
PHIL JACKSON, Sacred Hoops
Fate and victory shift ... now this way, now that way -- like a line of unarmored men under a hail of enemy arrows.
DAN SIMMONS, Ilium
Victory belongs to those that believe in it the most and believe in it the longest.
RANDALL WALLACE, Pearl Harbor
To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.
SUN TZU, The Art of War
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
The victor belongs to the spoils.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Beautiful and Damned
We must reject the view that, to be a victor, you must have a victim; to stand tall, you must stand on someone.
HARRIET WOODS, C-SPAN, July 14, 1991
Stand by your principles, stand by your guns, and victory, complete and permanent, is sure at the last.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech in Chicago, March 1, 1859
If both people gain in any given transaction, they are both winners, and the degree of victory shouldn't need to be measured. When there is no longer a competition to win, a competitive conflict turns into a common journey.
SHAUN BONETT, "Conflict is not a heat-seeking missile", Business Insider, May 2, 2017
Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.
J. R. R. TOLKIEN, The Hobbit
We are all compelled to do a great deal of hard marching, but the victorious soldier has an easier time of it than the soldier smarting from defeat.
EDGAR WATSON HOWE, Country Town Sayings
If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.
SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, All Men Are Mortal
Victory shifts, you know, now one man, now another.
HOMER, The Iliad
All victories breed hate, and that over your superior is foolish or fatal.
BALTASAR GRACIAN, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
True moral elegance consists in the art of disguising one's victories as defeats.
EMIL CIORAN, Drawn and Quartered
Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us; our hour of triumph is what brings the void.
WILLIAM JAMES, "Is Life Worth Living?", The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy
For every victory, there is a price.
JACQUELINE CAREY, Kushiel's Dart
I firmly believe that any man's finest hours--his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear--is the moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle--victorious.
VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, "Greatest Vince Lombardi Quotes", NFL.com