Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
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.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
Never stop just because you feel defeated. The journey to the other side is attainable only after great suffering.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
Defeat is for the valiant. Only they will know the honour of losing and the joy of winning I am not here to tell you that defeat is a part of life: we all know that. Only the defeated know Love. Because it is in the realm of love that we fight our first battles – and generally lose. I am here to tell you that there are people who have never been defeated. They are the ones who never fought. They managed to avoid scars, humiliations, feelings of helplessness, as well as those moments when even warriors doubt the existence of God.’’ Manuscript Found In Accra – Paulo Coelho
True devotion and humility is when you carelessly allow yourself to fall in love with things you consider will make you look inferior, which in essence, makes you superior.
When we choose to stay down, we are in reality confusing wisdom with cowardice. When we choose to stand back up, we are using wisdom to overcome cowardice.
The only person you have to defeat in life is yourself!
Does it mean you don’t believe in your powers either? This is the first step one takes, down there, to one’s fatal defeat.
He’d thought it would be the right thing to say, but she scoffed a little… and that, more than anything—more than the prospect of having his ribs crushed in or his face pulled off or his neck stretched on a rope—scared him out of his wits.
their heart grew cold they let their wings down
When a country is defeated, there remain only mountains and rivers, and on a ruined castle in spring only grasses thrive. I sat down on my hat and wept bitterly till I almost forgot time. A thicket of summer grass Is all that remains Of the dreams and ambitions Of ancient warriors.
Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives! Fight on; death is better than defeat! Fight on brave knights! for bright eyes behold your deeds!
There's a gentle sigh which descends like billowing silk upon the soul that accepts its coming death. It's a gentle pocket of air in the turbulence of everyday life... the silk settles around you as if it has been drifting towards the earth forever and has finally found it's target. The flag of defeat has been mercifully dropped and, in this action, the loss is not so bad. Defeat itself is defeated by the embrace of defeat, and death is swallowed up in victory.
The peak of a man's happiness is to win a victory; winning a victory, in other words, defeating someone or seeing someone else being defeated. -Red White Love: The Love of Liverpool FC