A Quote by Thomas Paine on consequences, defeat, and enemies

It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

Source: The American Crisis, no. 4, September 12, 1777

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on defeat, kindness, life, men, and world

The world wants the kind of men who do not shrink from temporary defeats in life; but come again and wrestle triumph from defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on achievement, deed, defeat, effort, enthusiasm, errors, failure, soul, timidity, and victory

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly;  who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

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A Quote by Theodore Roosevelt on defeat, failure, suffering, and victory

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858 - 1919)

Source: Speech before the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10,1899

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A Quote by Steven Wright on defeat and purpose

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, "Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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A Quote by Simone de Beauvoir on defeat and victory

If you live long enough, you'll see every victory turn into a defeat.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Source: The Blood of Others, 1946

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A Quote by Saul Bellow on argument, books, defeat, enemies, and good

There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.

Saul Bellow

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A Quote by Samuel Parkes Cadman on anxiety, defeat, desires, dreams, heroism, idleness, life, luxury, persuasion, promises, rest, safety, security, spirituality, success, and vision

By whatever basis human desires are classified, the promise of an abundant life covers virtually all. To the spiritual it suggests escape from futility; to the sensuous it calls up visions of luxury; to the defeated it is a dream of success. To the idle it pledges ease; to the weary, rest; to the frightened it means safety; to the anxious, security; and to the improvident it conjures inexhaustible resources. Persuade a man that you can give him the thing he most desires and you will be his hero; offer him justification for his failures and he will be your disciple; assure him a boundless supply of "loaves and fishes" and he will seek to make you king.

Samuel Parkes Cadman (1864 - 1936)

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A Quote by Russell Baker on defeat and goals

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.

Russell Baker

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A Quote by Robert Green Ingersoll on courage, defeat, earth, heart, and losing

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

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