159 Defeat Quotes to Overcome Challenges and Find Victory

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Top 10 Defeat Quotes (BEST)

  1. Live your life not celebrating victories, but overcoming defeats. — Che Guevara
  2. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. — Maya Angelou
  3. The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. — Thomas Jefferson
  4. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome. — Maya Angelou
  5. The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart. — Robert G. Ingersoll
  6. Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times. — Thabo Mbeki
  8. European merchants supply the best weaponry, contributing to their own defeat. — Saladin
  9. 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
  10. The sincere hearts and the pious supplications are soldiers which can never be defeated — Ibn Taymiyyah

The Most Famous Defeat Quotes

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

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

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

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. — Marilyn vos Savant

Besides the practical knowledge which defeat offers, there are important personality profits to be taken. — William Moulton Marston

To me defeat in anything is merely temporary. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth. — Bruce Lee

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It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone — Abdul Kalam

It's easy to do anything in victory. It's in defeat that a man reveals himself. — Floyd Patterson

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time. — Og Mandino

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

Short Defeat Quotes

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  • Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. — John F. Kennedy
  • It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you. — Imran Khan
  • Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality. — Bruce Lee
  • Victory and defeat are each of the same price. — Thomas Jefferson
  • Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. — Josephus Daniels
  • Those who defeat others are strong, those who defeat themselves are mighty. — Lao Tzu
  • Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact. — Norman Vincent Peale
  • A true champion is not only formed in victory. To be defeated makes you learn. — Renan Barao
  • Defeat should never be a source of discouragement, but rather a fresh stimulus. — Bishop Robert South
  • You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character. — Richard M. Nixon

Defeat Image Quotes

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Defeat quote by Robert G. Ingersoll

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

Defeat quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Defeat quote Don't let the past steal your present. Your past has not def
Don't let the past steal your present. Your past has not defined, deterred or defeated you. It has only strengthened who you are today.
Defeat quote by Bernard Williams

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

Defeat quote by Cesar Chavez

The people united will never be defeated. — Cesar Chavez

Defeat quote by Queen Victoria

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

Defeat quote We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
Defeat quote by Norman Vincent Peale

Never talk defeat. Use words like hope, belief, faith, victory. — Norman Vincent Peale

Defeat quote by Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Defeat quote by Napoleon Bonaparte

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Defeat quote My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or de
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me, it has only strengthened me.
Defeat quote by Sun Tzu

The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself. — Sun Tzu

Defeat quote by Abdul Kalam

It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone — Abdul Kalam

Defeat quote by Kano Jigoro

Walk a single path, become neither cocky with victory nor broken with defeat. — Kano Jigoro

Defeat quote Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until def
Defeat is a state of mind: no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Defeat quote by George Armstrong Custer

There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry. — George Armstrong Custer

Defeat quote by Jonathan Carroll

For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat. — Jonathan Carroll

Defeat quote by George Edward Woodberry

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

Defeat quote A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lion
A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.
Defeat quote by Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat. — Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

Defeat quote by Pat Riley

You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game. — Pat Riley

Defeat quote by Wallis Simpson

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

Defeat quote Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Defeat quote by Tom Landry

I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. — Tom Landry

Defeat quote by C. L. R. James

The rich are only defeated when running for their lives. — C. L. R. James

Defeat quote by Roger Crawford

Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. — Roger Crawford

Defeat quote I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.
I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat.

Accepting Defeat Quotes

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When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future. — Queen Elizabeth II

There is no mat space for malcontents or dissenters. One must neither celebrate insanely when he wins, nor sulk when he loses. He accepts victory professionally, humbly; he hates defeat, but makes no poor display of it. — Dan Gable

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

Defeat quote Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepte
Defeat is a state of mind! No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality.

To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility - these are marks of maturity and graciousness. — William Arthur Ward

I’ve always hated to lose and I continue to hate it. But I’ve been obliged to accept it because I also have had some crushing defeats. — Didier Deschamps

Jiu-jitsu is the gentle art. It's the art where a small man (or woman is going to prove to you, no matter how strong you are, no matter how mad you get, that you're going to have to accept defeat. Thats what Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is. — Saulo Ribeiro

Defeat quote Youre never beaten until you admit it.
Youre never beaten until you admit it.

Defeat is not defeat unless accepted as a reality-in your own mind. — Bruce Lee

Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win, but never to accept the way to lose - to accept defeat. To learn to die is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying! — Bruce Lee

I learned early in my life that sometimes I'm going to lose. I don't like it, but I accept it, meaning that I understand it's going to happen. But I don't see it like defeat; I see it like a learning process. Then if there's nothing to learn, I move on. — Mariano Rivera

Marriage is to me apostasy, profanation of the sanctuary of my soul, violation of my manhood, sale of my birthright, shameful surrender, ignominious capitulation, acceptance of defeat. — George Bernard Shaw

Election Defeat Quotes

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There will be a winner. There will a president-elect. But there will not be a defeated people. Tomorrow, we are only one country, only one Venezuela. Tomorrow in the country there are many problems that we have to resolve. Problems do not wait. — Henrique Capriles Radonski

100 political parties put together can never defeat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, come 2015 presidential election. — Patience Jonathan

I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if elected I had a hard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event. — Benjamin Harrison

Defeat quote It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument.
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument.

In a society governed passively by free markets and free elections, organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy. — Matt Taibbi

So far as the personal side is concerned, the victory was to him who lost and the defeat to him who won. I can say that never in the last fifteen years have I had the peace of mind that I have since the election. I have almost a feeling of elation. — Herbert Hoover

Through the repeated hammer blows of defeat, destruction, and deportation, interpreted by the faithful prophets, Israel has to learn that election is not for comfort and security but for suffering and humiliation. — Lesslie Newbigin

Defeat quote Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.
Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.

The average GOP presidential vote in these last five elections was 44.5 percent. In the last three, it was 48.1 percent. Give Romney an extra point for voter disillusionment with Obama, and a half-point for being better financed than his predecessors. It still strikes me as a path to narrow defeat. — William Kristol

Organized greed always defeats disorganized democracy. — Matt Taibbi

I'm a political scientist and I study these things, and I know that economic problems, with the rising unemployment and inflation and low productivity and so forth, were a factor in that election, in that defeat of President Carter. — Jeane Kirkpatrick

A lot of people felt defeated and hopeless by Trump's election. But I feel his election should energize people to resist apathy, ignorance, sexism, xenophobia, and racism. — Shepard Fairey

Admit Defeat Quotes

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For an adult, eating alone at McDonald's is admitting a kind of defeat. — Jonathan Carroll

Success comes from stubborn perseverance and the tenacity not to admit defeat — Kim Hyun-joong

A failure often does not have to be a failure at all. However, you have to be ready for it-will you admit when things go wrong? Will you take steps to set them right?-because the difference between triumph and defeat, you'll find, isn't about willingness to take risks. It's about mastery of rescue. — Atul Gawande

Idiots can be defeated but they never admit it. — Richard Stallman

I believe in the pure Surrealist joy of the man who, forewarned that all others before him have failed, refused to admit defeat, sets off from watever point he chooses, along any other pat save a reasonable one, and arrives wherever he can. — Andre Breton

I like to go full bore into something. If you have a backup plan, then you've already admitted defeat. — Henry Cavill

There is something in me-I just can't stand to admit defeat. — Beverly Sills

It takes more strength to cry, admit defeat. I have truth on my side, you only have deceit. — Madonna Ciccone

To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat. — Sayings

There is no such thing as defeat except when it comes from within. As long as a person doesn't admit he is defeated, he is not defeated-he's just a little behind and isn't through fighting. — Darrell Royal

Don't Accept Defeat Quotes

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I don't accept defeat as final. Only death is final - and even then I hope for a reprieve. — Phil Gramm

Once you accept defeat, it becomes ease to lose. If defeat comes, face it and take it, but don't accept it. — Pete Rose

I don't think any professional accepts defeat. — Mariano Rivera

Also, it was a bit hopeless," he said. "A bit defeatist." "If by defeatist you mean honest, then I agree." "I don't think defeatism is honest, " Dad answered. "I refuse to accept that. — John Green

Victory And Defeat Quotes

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The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spread of God's kingdom. — Maximilian Kolbe

Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. — Og Mandino

True loyalty is that quality of service that grows under adversity and expands in defeat. Any street urchin can shout applause in victory, but it takes character to stand fast in defeat. One is noise - the other, loyalty. — Fielding H. Yost

True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart. — Morihei Ueshiba

Every struggle, whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come. It is not good for people to have an easy life. They become weak and inefficient when they cease to struggle. Some need a series of defeats before developing the strength and courage to win a victory. — Victorio

Be brave, my heart. Plant your feet and square your shoulders to the enemy. Meet him among the man-killing spears. Hold your ground. In victory, do not brag; in defeat, do not weep. — Archilochus

Struggle is the meaning of life; defeat or victory is in the hands of God. But struggle itself is man’s duty and should be his joy. — Aga Khan III

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

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory. — Sun Tzu

The battle of Iwo Island has been won. The United States Marines by their individual and collective courage have conquered a base which is as necessary to us in our continuing forward movement toward final victory as it was vital to the enemy in staving off ultimate defeat. — Chester W. Nimitz

Overcoming Defeat Quotes

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You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss into gain and failure to success. — Sayings

The thing about life is that you must survive. Life is going to be difficult, and dreadful things will happen. What you do is move along, get on with it, and be tough. Not in the sense of being mean to others, but being tough with yourself and making a deadly effort not to be defeated. — Katharine Hepburn

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

There is no failure except in no longer trying. — Chris Bradford

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are. — Norman Vincent Peale

You become a man by knowing both victory and defeat, by running and crying. It’s ok to cry..!! You can overcome — Eiichiro Oda

Can you go a whole day with joy in your heart? Joy and vitality are an inseparable combination. Joy is not concerned with having fun; it is an inner spiritual quality that overcomes despair, pain and defeat. You cannot turn on joy like an electric light, but you can prepare yourself to receive it. — Norman Vincent Peale

I made strength from everything that had happened to me, so that in the end even the final tragedy could not defeat me. And that is what Ultima tried to teach me, that the tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart. --Antonio — Rudolfo Anaya

We overcome the accuser of our brothers and sisters, we overcome our consciences, we overcome our bad tempers, we overcome our defeats, we overcome our lusts, we overcome our fears, we overcome our pettiness on the basis of the blood of the Lamb. — D. A. Carson

Sin turns ugly and is subject to defeat only when seen in the light of Christ's beauty. — Sam Storms

Accept Defeat Quotes

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No one ever is defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality. — Napoleon Hill

You can take the best team and the worst team and line them up and you would find very little physical difference. You would find an emotional difference. The wining team has a dedication. It will have a core group of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat. — Merlin Olsen

It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories. — W. Somerset Maugham

Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. — Henry Miller

I know that you that you may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. If you accept that you have been defeated, you give power to the force that is trying to defeat you. — Maya Angelou

Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attempts to help humans eliminate all self-ratings and views self-esteem as a self-defeating concept that encourages them to make conditional evaluations of self. Instead, it teaches people unconditional self-acceptance. — Albert Ellis

If you can accept defeat and open your pay envelope without feeling guilty, you're stealing. — George Allen

The winning team has a dedication. It will have a core of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat. — Merlin Olsen

I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure. — Chen Shui-bian

Temporary Defeat Quotes

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

Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing. — Denis Waitley

If the thing you wish to do is right, and YOU BELIEVE IN IT, go ahead and do it! Put your dreams across, and never mind what 'they' say if you meet with temporary defeat, for 'they' perhaps, do not know that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success. — Napoleon Hill

Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do. — Napoleon Hill

Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street. — William Arthur Ward

Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called Failures are only temporary defeats. — Napoleon Hill

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. — Napoleon Hill

There is a vast difference between failure and temporary defeat. — Napoleon Hill

What if you have failed in the past? So, at one time did every man we recognize as a towering success. They called it "temporary defeat. — Napoleon Hill

We see men who have accumulated great fortunes, but we often recognize only their triumph, overlooking the temporary defeats which they had to surmount before arriving. — Napoleon Hill

Learning From Defeat Quotes

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Most players ... do not like losing, and consider defeat as something shameful. This is a wrong attitude. Those who wish to perfect themselves must regard their losses as lessons and learn from them what sorts of things to avoid in the future. — Jose Raul Capablanca

We learn little from victory, much from defeat. — Japanese Proverbs

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I've learned that something constructive comes from every defeat. — Tom Landry

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

We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war. — Douglas MacArthur

t's important to handle and learn from your defeats. The losses I've had taught me so much because they humbled me. You learn more from them than you do your victories. They can only make you a better fighter and a better man. — Diego Sanchez

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

Transmit your vision emotionally by gaining credibility, demonstrating passion, establishing relationships and communicating a felt need. Transmit it logically by confronting reality, formulating strategy, accepting responsibility, celebrating victory and learning from defeat. — John C. Maxwell

I am defeated, and know it, if I meet any human being from whom I find myself unable to learn anything. — George Herbert Palmer

One learns more from defeat than from victory. — Samuel Eliot Morison

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More Defeat Quotes

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Defeat quote by Emmitt Smith

I may win and I may lose, but I will never be defeated — Emmitt Smith

Defeat quote by Napoleon Bonaparte

On victory, you deserve beer. On defeat, you need it. — Napoleon Bonaparte

Defeat quote by Arthur Calwell

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies. — Arthur Calwell

Defeat quote by Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Throughout history many nations have suffered a physical defeat, but that has never marked the end of a nation. But when a nation has become the victim of a psychological defeat, then that marks the end of a nation. — Ibn Khaldun

The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat. — Joel Osteen

Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. — Sun Tzu

Achievers are resolute in their goals and driven by determination. Discouragement is temporary, obstacles are overcome, and doubt is defeated, yielding to personal victory. You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals. Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory. — George S. Patton

Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God. — David Jeremiah

By night, Love, tie your heart to mine, and the two together in their sleep will defeat the darkness — Pablo Neruda

Don?t make decisions in anger or humiliate an enemy after defeating him. — Saddam Hussein

The Master of Lifes been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He Has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play. — Johnny Cash

If we continue to think and live as if we belong only to different cultures and different religions, with separate missions and goals, we will always be in self-defeating competition with each other. Once we realize we are all members of humanity, we will want to compete in the spirit of love. — Muhammad Ali

Religion is based ... mainly upon fear ... fear of the mysterious, fear of defeat, fear of death. Fear is the parent of cruelty, and therefore it is no wonder if cruelty and religion have gone hand in hand. My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. — Bertrand Russell

With a defeat, when you lose, you get up, you make it better, you try again. That's what I do in life, when I get down, when I get sick, I don't want to just stop. I keep going and I try to do more. Everyone always says never give up but you really have to take that to heart and really do never definitely give up. Keep trying. — Serena Williams

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