Defeat Proverbs

By | August 10, 2017

Sayings about Defeat

We learn little from victory, but a great deal from defeat. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Avoid defeat and you will avoid success ~ Chinese Proverb

Defeat is three-legged. ~ Sinhalese Proverb

Victory makes you into an emperor, defeat into a rebel. ~ Vietnamese Proverbs

A defeated wrestler is not tired of wrestling. ~ Turkish Proverbs

Victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan. ~ Traditional Proverb

Defeat is a tonic to a brave man. ~ American Proverbs

Where defeat is inevitable, it is expedient to yield. ~ Roman Proverb

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep. ~ Arabian Proverbs

The conquerors are kings; the defeated are bandits. ~ Chinese Proverb

There is no defeat except from within. ~ American Proverb

Quotations about Defeat

Saying about Defeat

You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat. ~ Paul Brown

A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means. ~ Sallust

The man who wins may have been counted out several times but he didn’t hear the referee. ~ H. E. Jansen

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

For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat. ~ Wallis Simpson

There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must. ~ Tony Blair

Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity. ~ Greg Lake

The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. ~ Sun Tzu

Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you. ~ LL Cool J

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. ~ Bernard Williams

There could be no honor in a sure success, but much might be wrested from a sure defeat. ~ Ann Landers

Humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. ~ Ralph Ellison

He half retrieves a defeat who yields to it gracefully. ~ Christian Nestell Bovee

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. ~ Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

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

Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems. ~ Paul J. Meyer

I learned this about coaching: You don’t have to explain victory and you can’t explain defeat. ~ Darrell Royal

There are many victories worse than a defeat. ~ George Eliot

The mark of a great player is in his ability to come back. The great champions have all come back from defeat. ~ Sam Snead

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat. ~ Napoleon Hill

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory. ~ Orison Swett Marden

A defeat to a brave man is only a victory deferred. ~ James Ellis

A kingdom is not lost by a single defeat. ~ Robert E. Howard

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders. ~ Ben Stein

We are not retreating — we are advancing in another direction. ~ Douglas Macarthur

A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ~ Ernest Hemingway

You’ve got to learn to survive a defeat. That’s when you develop character. ~ Richard M. Nixon

A wise man fights to win, but he is twice a fool who has no plan for possible defeat. ~ Louis L’Amour

To be defeated, but not to give in, is victory. ~ Neal Ascherson

Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity. ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Defeat the fear of death and you welcome the death of fear. ~ G. Gordon Liddy

Defeat serves to enlighten us. ~ Johann Kaspar Lavater

But I believe we must not allow feelings of defeat to take root in our hearts. ~ Daisaku Ikeda

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own. ~ Bill Bradley

It is defeat that lives on and takes the years to smother. ~ Ben Robertson

A man is not defeated by his opponents but by himself. ~ Jan Christian Smuts

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure. ~ George E. Woodberry

I love to win; but I love to lose almost as much. I love the thrill of victory, and I also love the challenge of defeat. ~ Lou Gehrig

What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better. ~ Wendell Phillips

Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle! ~ Stevie Wonder

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest. ~ William McKinley

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat. ~ Anais Nin

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. ~ Maya Angelou

You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat. ~ Christy Mathewson

It is defeat which educates us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

War is a defeat for humanity. ~ Pope John Paul II

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

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. ~ John F. Kennedy

The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting, but the length of time you remained down is important. ~ Austin O’Malley

Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. ~ Malcolm X

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

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. ~ Josephus Daniels

I know not age, nor weariness nor defeat. ~ Rose Kennedy

Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up. ~ Unknown

Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat. ~ Arthur Ashe

Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated. ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

Defeat may prove to have been the only path to resurrection, despite its ugliness. ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost. ~ Zig Ziglar

I’ve learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. ~ Tom Landry

I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten, even by God. ~ Robert Browning

A defeat in war is not the greatest of all evils; but when the defeat has been inflicted by enemies who are not worthy of you, then the calamity is doubled. ~ Aeschines

There are important cases in which the difference between half a heart and a whole heart makes just the difference between signal defeat and a splendid victory. ~ A. H. K. Boyd

My lowest days as a Christian have been more fulfilling and rewarding than all the days of glory in the White House. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Defeat is always momentary. ~ Peter Jackson

It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat. ~ John Steinbeck

I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it. ~ Lou Holtz

Who asks whether the enemy were defeated by strategy or valor? ~ Virgil

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield. ~ Quintilian

When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Defeat doesn’t finish a man — quit does. ~ Richard M. Nixon

Defeat isn’t bitter if you don’t swallow it. ~ Grenville Kleiser

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits. ~ Richard M. Nixon

We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist. ~ Queen Victoria

No man is defeated without some resentment which will be continued with obstinacy while he believes himself in the right, and asserted with bitterness, if even to his own conscience he is detected in the wrong. ~ Samuel Johnson

Next to victory, there is nothing so sweet as defeat, if only the right adversary overcomes you. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~ Malcolm Forbes

One test of strength is the ability to take defeat graciously. ~ Lewis F. Korns

Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat. ~ Horatio Nelson

A young man is not fitted for life’s battle until he has met and survived defeat. ~ Lewis F. Korns

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated. ~ Ernest Hemingway

A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat. ~ Lydia M. Child

You don’t have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn’t know you possessed. ~ Napoleon Hill

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~ Edwin Markham

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus. ~ Robert South

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult. ~ Winston Churchill

The first step in our journey of prosperity often is defeat. ~ Edward Counsel

If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

My advice to young entrepreneurs is not to accept defeat in the face of odds, and challenge negative forces with hope, self-confidence and conviction. ~ Dhirubhai Ambani

Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be. ~ Ninon de L’Enclos

Man is not made for defeat. ~ Heraclitus

My faith helped me stay grounded in defeat and victory, to not get too excited about the successes and too low about the failures.~ Tim Howard

Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent. ~ Marilyn Vos Savant

It is the combination of reasonable talent and the ability to keep going in the face of defeat that leads to success. ~ Martin Seligman

There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose. ~ Kin Hubbard

Defeat begins with the fear that one has lost. ~ Kobo Abe

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time. ~ Robert Collier

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

You can defeat fear through humor, through pain, through honesty, bravery, intuition, and through love in the truest sense. ~ John Cassavetes

The good fighters of old first put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy. ~ Sun Tzu

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat. ~ Ralph Ellison

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