The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.
— Miguel de Cervantes

It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape.
Voltaire defying quote

If you're a nobody, if your work has no impact, then it deserves to be praised. If, however, you climb out of that state of mediocrity and are a success, then your defying 'the law' and deserve to be punished.
— Paulo Coelho

The history of science is the saga of nature defying common sense.
— Kedar Joshi

The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
— Quentin Crisp