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To the victor belongs the spoils.
      - William Learned Marcy

Who overcomes
  By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. I, l. 648)

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Of Cannibals
         (ch. XXX)

Then should some cloud pass over
  The brow of sire or lover,
    Think 'tis the shade
      By Victory made
        Whose wings right o'er us hover!
      - Thomas Moore, Battle Song

Westminster Abbey, or Victory.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        in the battle off Cape Vincent, giving order for boarding the San Josef, see Southey "Life of Nelson", vol. I, ch. IV

Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminister Abbey.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson,
        Life of Nelson (ch. 5),
        before the Battle of the Nile

It is the contest that delights us, and not the victory.
      - Blaise Pascal

A masterful retreat is itself a victory.
      - Norman Vincent Peale

We have met the enemy and they are ours.
      - Oliver Hazard Perry,
        Letter to Gen. Harrison after the Victory on Lake Erie

Woe to the vanquished!
  [Lat., Vae victis.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Pseudolus
         (act V)

We conquered France, but felt our captive's charms,
  Her arts victorious triumph'd o'er our arms.
      - Alexander Pope, Horace

But if
  We have such another victory, we are undone.
      - attributed to Pyrrhus,
        by Bacon in "Apothegms", p. 193, Pyrrhus lost 3,500 men at the battle of Asculum in 279 BC

Hail! Thou as victor crowned.
  [Ger., Heil dir im Siegerkranz.]
      - B.G. Schumacher,
        title and refrain of Prussian National Hymn, from the original song by Heinrich Harries

It is more difficult to look upon victory than upon battle.
      - Sir Walter Scott

With dying hand, above his head,
  He shook the fragment of his blade,
    And shouted "Victory!--
      Charge, Chester, charge! on Stanley, on!"
        Were the last words of Marmion.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 32)

Hail to the Chief who in triumph advances.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto II, st. 19)

Victory follows me, and all things follow victory.
  [Fr., La victoire me suit, et tout suit la victoire.]
      - George de Scuderi (Scudery),
        L'Amour Tyrannique

And either victory, or else a grave.
      - William Shakespeare

God on our side, doubt not of victory.
      - William Shakespeare

I came, saw, and overcame.
      - William Shakespeare

Now the time is come,
  That France must veil her lofty-plumed crest,
    And let her head fall into England's lap.
      - William Shakespeare

Then with the losers let it sympathize,
  For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (King Henry at V, i)

To whom God will, there be the victory.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Henry at II, v)

Thus far our fortune keeps an upward course
  And we are graced with wreaths of victory;
    But in the midst of this bright-shining day
      I spy a black, suspicious, threat'ning cloud
        That will encounter with our glorious sun
          Ere he attain his easeful western bed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part III
         (King Edward at V, iii)

A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato at I, i)

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