Quotations on Defeat

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Clearly the Secretary of Defense, my boss, would like nothing better than to get Osama bin Laden and to get... to ensure the complete defeat of al-Qaida, because we know that al-Qaida is planning operations against the United States even as we speak here.
- John Abizaid
(Keywords: Boss, Defeat, Defense, Nothing, Osama bin laden, Planning, states, United)

When you're doing a deal with someone in the southern Sahara, it's a very different way of doing business than in London. You can't sign them in the usual way because they'd end up getting ripped off, which would defeat the object of setting up a label like this.
- Damon Albarn
(Keywords: Business, Defeat, End, London)

It makes it fun. When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants. Otherwise it doesn't look authentic. So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character.
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Character, Actor, Defeat, Fun, Want)

But you say, does it represent change? The change is that we are fighting an insurance industry that has killed health reform for generations. They're spending tens of millions of dollars right now to defeat this bill, and we're on the doorstep of winning a great victory for the American people.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: Change, Health, People, Victory, Winning, American, Defeat, Fighting, Generations, Now, Reform, Right)

Terrorism is a big danger to Pakistan's independence. We will fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan and will defeat it at all levels.
- Shaukat Aziz
(Keywords: Danger, Defeat, Fight, Independence, Terrorism, Will)

The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
- Russell Baker
(Keywords: Goal, Defeat, Man)

I look at the Senior Al Gore that I had the chance to serve in the Senate with. A great human being. He went down to defeat to this right wing bunch back at the time.
- Birch Bayh
(Keywords: Time, Being, Chance, Defeat, Right, Senate)

Yet, history has shown that if material force can defeat some ideologies it can no longer obliterate a civilization without destabilizing the whole planet.
- Abdelaziz Bouteflika
(Keywords: History, Civilization, Defeat, Force)

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Experience, Defeat, Richness, Taste)

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.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
(Keywords: American, Defeat, Doubt, Iraq)

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.
- Orson Scott Card
(Keywords: Love, Defeat, Enemy)

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.
- George Carlin
(Keywords: Purpose, Defeat, Self)

The 'morality of compromise' sounds contradictory. Compromise is usually a sign of weakness, or an admission of defeat. Strong men don't compromise, it is said, and principles should never be compromised.
- Andrew Carnegie
(Keywords: Men, Compromise, Defeat, Principles, Weakness)

Tragedy occurs when a human soul awakes and seeks, in suffering and pain, to free itself from crime, violence, infamy, even at the cost of life. The struggle is the tragedy - not defeat or death.
- Whittaker Chambers
(Keywords: Death, Life, Soul, Crime, Defeat, Pain, Struggle, Suffering, Tragedy, Violence)

The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
- Winston Churchill
(Keywords: Victory, Defeat, Problems)

Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
- Galeazzo Ciano
(Keywords: Victory, Defeat, Fathers)

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.
- Robert Collier
(Keywords: Time, Victory, Adversity, Defeat, Lies)

India has indeed a great and free future before her, in which she can make her special contribution to the well-being of mankind. The first and indispensable part of that contribution is to work with the United Nations for the defeat of fascism and of brutal aggression.
- Stafford Cripps
(Keywords: Work, Aggression, Defeat, Fascism, First, Future, Mankind, Nations, United)

Standardization of our educational systems is apt to stamp out individualism and defeat the very ends of education by leveling the product down rather than up.
- Harvey Cushing
(Keywords: Education, Defeat, Individualism)

Now the fact that terrorists throughout the world see this as an opportunity to defeat the United States, we have to be - and every Democratic candidate, even those who opposed us going in, now say we just simply can't cut and run.
- Al D'Amato
(Keywords: Opportunity, Defeat, Fact, Now, states, United, World)

Native Americans had only stone and wooden weapons and no animals that could be ridden. Those military advantages repeatedly enabled troops of a few dozen mounted Spaniards to defeat Indian armies numbering in the thousands.
- Jared Diamond
(Keywords: Americans, Animals, Defeat, Military, Native Americans, Troops, Weapons)

To conquer the command of the air means victory; to be beaten in the air means defeat and acceptance of whatever terms the enemy may be pleased to impose.
- Giulio Douhet
(Keywords: Victory, Acceptance, Defeat, Enemy, May)

Life is to be lived, not controlled, and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
- Ralph Ellison
(Keywords: Life, Defeat, Humanity, Play)

The decisive moment in the defeat of upper class, capital-S, Society may have come when, in newspapers all over the nation, what used to be call the Society page was replaced by the Style section.
- Joseph Epstein
(Keywords: Society, Class, Defeat, May, Nation, Newspapers, Style)

Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
- Edna Ferber
(Keywords: Death, Life, Love, Defeat, Writer, Writing)

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.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Defeat, Pleasure, Struggle)

The real peril of war lies not in military defeat. It lies in war itself, whether we win or lose.
- John T. Flynn
(Keywords: War, Defeat, Lies, Military)

A coalition of groups is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him.
- Gerald R. Ford
(Keywords: Victory, Defeat, President, Propaganda, states, United)

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.
- Frank Gaffney
(Keywords: Power, Strategy, Defeat, states, United, World)

After the desperate years of their own war, after six years of repression inside Spain and six years of horror in exile, these people remain intact in spirit. They are armed with a transcendent faith; they have never won, and yet they have never accepted defeat.
- Martha Gellhorn
(Keywords: Faith, War, People, Defeat, Horror, Repression, Spain, Spirit, Years)

No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.
- Al Gore
(Keywords: Soul, Victory, Defeat, Glory, Loss)

We cannot shun our values as an immigrant nation. This is a wrong path. And while possibly it is a short-term political victory based on division and based on creating a wedge issue that splits people in this country, it is a long-term defeat for this Nation.
- Raul Grijalva
(Keywords: People, Values, Victory, Country, Defeat, Nation, Wrong)

Mobilize people to vote and to re-elect Clinton as the only way to defeat.
- Gus Hall
(Keywords: People, Defeat, Vote)

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.
- Dag Hammarskjold
(Keywords: Peace, Progress, Victory, Defeat, End, Errors, Pursuit, Trials, Years)

The natural urge when running a distance is to push harder and finish sooner - to race against time. Every second behind a deadline is a little defeat.
- Joe Henderson
(Keywords: Time, Defeat, Race, Running)

You don't have to fear defeat if you believe it may reveal powers that you didn't know you possessed.
- Napolean Hill
(Keywords: Fear, Defeat, May)

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.
- Napolean Hill
(Keywords: Goal, Defeat, Sound)

Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
- Napoleon Hill
(Keywords: Opportunity, Defeat, Misfortune)

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.
- Napoleon Hill
(Keywords: Men, Success, Life, Defeat, Majority, Man)

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.
- Napoleon Hill
(Keywords: Goal, Defeat, Sound)

Criticism and pessimism destroy families, undermine institutions of all kinds, defeat nearly everyone, and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
- Gordon B. Hinckley
(Keywords: Pessimism, Criticism, Defeat, Nations)

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
(Keywords: Failure, Purpose, Defeat, Trying, Weakness)

I'm pulling out, and I'm going to concentrate every ounce of time and energy over the next week working to defeat the recall because I realize now that's the only way to defeat Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Arianna Huffington
(Keywords: Time, Defeat, Energy, Now)

Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we've been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam.
- Michael Ignatieff
(Keywords: Experience, War, Defeat, Draft, End, Vietnam)

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Keywords: Heart, Courage, Defeat, Earth, Losing)

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.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Keywords: Death, People, Day, Defeat, Open, Solution)

You may glory in a team triumphant... But you fall in love with a team in defeat.
- Roger Kahn
(Keywords: Love, Defeat, Glory, May)

Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Victory, Defeat, Fathers)

Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
- John F. Kennedy
(Keywords: Policy, Defeat, Foreign policy)

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
- John Maynard Keynes
(Keywords: Time, Defeat, Future, Ignorance, Investment)



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