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

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. Rainer Maria Rilke

Back of every mistaken venture and defeat is the laughter of wisdom, if you listen. Carl Sandburg

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. F. Scott Fitzgerald


The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality. James A. Michener

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

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

A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway

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

We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction. General Douglas MacArthur

The struggle is always worthwhile, if the end be worthwhile and the means honorable; foreknowledge of defeat is not sufficient reason to withdraw from the contest. Steven Brust

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

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Henry Ward Beecher

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. Michel de Montaigne

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


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