Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. (“To Kill a Mockingbird”)
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Once bitten, twice shy.
For want of a nail the kingdom was lost.
For when the One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, He writes not that you won or lost but how you played the Game.
I learned much more from defeat than I ever learned from winning.
Politics has gotten so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to get beat with.
Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat.
Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist. (On the Boer War during “Black Week,” December 1899)