Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.
-George E. Woodberry
Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he uits.
-Richard M. Nixon
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
-Marilyn vos Savant
The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
-Robert Green Ingersoll
When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
There is only one reason for an individual to side-step to the useless side : the fear of a defeat on the useful side.
Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.
-Ninon de L'Enclos
Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by revolt within or by defeat by a rival.
-John Boyd Orr
The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren't always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom.