A Quote by Laurence Sterne on defeat and shame

Positiveness is a most absurd foible. If you are in the right, it lessens your triumph; if in the wrong, it adds shame to your defeat.

Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)

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A Quote by Knute Kenneth Rockne on business, competition, defeat, failure, football, heart, justice, life, people, sacrifice, sports, success, thought, trouble, and work

I don't like to lose, and that isn't so much because it is just a football game, but because defeat means the failure to reach your objective. I don't want a football player who doesn't take defeat to heart, who laughs it off with the thought, "Oh, well, there's another Saturday." The trouble in American life today, in business as well as in sports, is that too many people are afraid of competition. The result is that in some circles people have come to sneer at success if it costs hard work and training and sacrifice.

Knute Kenneth Rockne (1888 - 1931)

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A Quote by Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard on defeat, failure, purpose, trying, and weakness

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.

Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

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A Quote by Josephus Daniels on defeat


Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.

Josephus Daniels (1862 - 1948)

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A Quote by John Fitzgerald Kennedy on certainty, cities, defeat, politics, and spirit

I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.

John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)

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A Quote by John A. Schindler, MD on adversity, cheerfulness, decisions, defeat, good, learning, life, people, planning, problems, rules, satisfaction, simplicity, success, present, victory, and work

Important rules to watch in living. Keep life simple. Avoid watching for a knock in your motor. Learn to like work. Have a good hobby. Learn to be satisfied. Like people, say cheerful pleasant things. Turn the defeat of adversity into victory. Meet your problems with decision. Make the present moment a success. Always be planning something. Say "nuts" to irritations.

John A. Schindler

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A Quote by James Allen on courage, darkness, defeat, despair, doubt, faith, heart, life, energy, patience, sorrow, strength, struggle, superiority, temptation, trouble, uncertainty, and victory

Where faith is there is courage, there is fortitude, there is steadfastness and strength. . . . Faith bestows that sublime courage that rises superior to the troubles and disappointments of life, that acknowledges no defeat except as a step to victory; that is strong to endure, patient to wait, and energetic to struggle. . . . Light up, then, the lamp of faith in your heart. . . . It will lead you safely through the mists of doubt and the black darkness of despair; along the narrow, thorny ways of sickness and sorrow, and over the treacherous places of temptation and uncertainty.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

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A Quote by James Albert Michener on confusion, defeat, dreams, life, reality, and temptation

The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.

James Albert Michener (1907 - 1997)

Source: The Drifters.

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A Quote by Jack London on defeat, experience, god, justice, life, and suffering

. . . and God knows we are sensitive to the suffering that has sometimes broken loose to come billowing forth from your appendages like the pungent vapors of whales - often it appears that in this life of experience and accommodation we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. But Sissy . . . hold on!

Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Source: The Sea Wolf

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A Quote by Isak Dinesen on defeat, endings, and life

You must not think that I feel, in spite of it having ended in such defeat, that my "life has been wasted" here, or that I would exchange it with that of anyone I know.

Isak Dinesen

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