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A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961) American Writer.

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization.

George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.

Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.

Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) Protestant preacher and author.

The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartless accomplices. It is impossible to see behind defeat, the sacrifices, the austere performance of duty, the self-discipline and the vigilance that are there, those things the god of battle does not take account of.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) French aviator and writer.


Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

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For by superior energies; more strict affiance in each other; faith more firm in their unhallowed principles, the bad have fairly earned a victory over the weak, the vacillating, inconsistent good.

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English Romantic poet.

It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

I give the fight up: let there be an end, a privacy, an obscure nook for me. I want to be forgotten even by God.

Robert Browning (1812 -1889) British poet.