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Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) American politician.

One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.

Samuel Butler (1612-1680) British poet and satirist.

A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) Russian writer of novels.

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? is not this also a return?

Epictetus (50-120) Greek philosopher.

Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.


If a man falls once, all will tread upon him.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.

There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.

José Ortega y Gasset (1883-1955) Spanish Essayist, and Philosopher.

Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) Spanish Philosopher, and Writer.

What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.

Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.