We are the most powerful nation on earth. No external power, no terrorist organization can defeat us. But we can defeat ourselves by getting caught in a quagmire.
There's a victory and defeat-the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats-which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself.
The object of China's strategy is inexorably to supplant the United States as the world's premier economic power, and if necessary, to defeat us militarily.
A reformer is one who sets forth cheerfully toward sure defeat.
Public and employer opinion often defeat society's best interests with a prejudice against middle-aged women.
Victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats.
There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.
I'm destined to be attracted to those I cannot defeat.
Those who committed these cowardly acts may believe that they have shaken our resolve to defeat terrorism. They could not be more wrong.
I contend that not only can you laugh at adversity, but it is essential to do so if you are to deal with setbacks without defeat.
Next to victory, there is nothing so sweet as defeat, if only the right adversary overcomes you.
Defeat is always momentary.
A defeat to a brave man is only a victory deferred.
To be defeated, but not to give in, is victory.
It is defeat which educates us.
It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.
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.
In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him.
The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
In the attempt to defeat death man has been inevitably obliged to defeat life, for the two are inextricably related. Life moves on to death, and to deny one is to deny the other.
Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory, or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat.
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