quotations about victory
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
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
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
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
No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, The Sound and the Fury
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
Be resolute, fear no sacrifice and surmount every difficulty to win victory.
MAO ZEDONG, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong
Victory brings us level with Heaven.
LUCRETIUS, De Rerum Natura
The victor belongs to the spoils.
F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Beautiful and Damned
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, 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 the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, France, April 23, 1910
Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.