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DEFEAT
[ Also see Competition Conquest Disappointment Disgrace Failure Frustration Losing Quitting Victory Winning ]

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

Thirsting for the golden fountain of the fable, from how many stream have we turned away, weary and in disgust?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will surely be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy's doubts is invincible.
      - Cao Cao

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinner-time; keep back the tears and look a little pale about the lips, and in answer to inquiries say, "Oh, nothing!" Pride helps us; and pride is not a bad thing when it only urges us to hide our own hurts--not to hurt others.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

It is defeat which educates us.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Man is not made for defeat.
      - Heraclitus of Ephesus

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 (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Defeat serves to enlighten us.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

There is something solid and doughty in the man that can rise from defeat, the stuff of which victories are made in due time, when we are able to choose our position better, and the sun is at our back.
      - James Russell Lowell

Such a numerous host
  Fled not in silence through the frighted deep,
    With ruin upon ruin, rout on rout,
      Confusion worse confounded.
      - John Milton

He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

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

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

Ah! what seeds for a paradise I bore in my heart, of which birds of prey have robbed me.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

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


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