The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts.
All is lost save honor.
Man is not made for defeat.
You must have an alibi to show why you lost. If you haven’t one, you must fake one. Your self confidence must be maintained.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even. (Cassius Clay)
Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of defeat, and when it comes it turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that men makes invincible.