There is only one reason for an individual to side-step to the useless side : the fear of a defeat on the useful side.
Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.
The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting, but the length of time you remained down is important.
It is defeat that lives on and takes the years to smother.
We may fight against what is wrong, but if we allow ourselves to hate, that is to insure our spiritual defeat and our likeness to what we hate.
Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.
Victory or defeat? It is the slogan of all-powerful militarism in every belligerent nation. And yet, what can victory bring to the proletariat?
As for the United States' future in Afghanistan, it will be fire and hell and total defeat, God willing, as it was for their predecessors - the Soviets and, before them, the British.
Fear is a habit, so is self pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and resignation. You can eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can and I will.
There is a hangover from a defeat like Denmark - ask any player about when they've had a bad game, it's still in there somewhere in the back of your mind.
The loss of national identity is the greatest defeat a nation can know, and it is inevitable under the contemporary form of colonization.
We therefore must keep the faith, despite the defeat of policies, because men pass with their policies whilst generations follow each other.
A kingdom is not lost by a single defeat.
There is something solid and doughty in the man that can rise from defeat, the stuff of which victories are made in due time, when we are able to choose our position better, and the sun is at our back.
Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat.
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
If you live long enough, you'll experience everything.
One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed - different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.
There are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the Seventh Cavalry.
Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.
Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do.
Emigration is no longer a solution; it's a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they're knocking on doors that are not open.
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