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Galeazzo CianoVictory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

—  Galeazzo Ciano, 1903-1944, Italian politician

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William ShakespeareThere's an old saying that applies to me: you can't lose a game if you don't play the game.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Romeo & Juliet

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Adolf HitlerIf you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

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Vince LombardiNo leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins battles. The battle decides all.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

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George CarlinIt's never just a game when you're winning

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

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Winston ChurchillWhen you are winning a war almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

HoraceConquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Vince LombardiIf it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, then why do they keep score?

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

NapoleonThe greatest danger occurs at the moment of victory.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Lou HoltzYou're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Zig ZiglarYou were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Sun TzuThe supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

NapoleonHistory is written by the winners.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Winston ChurchillBefore Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

     (referring to the victory over the Germans at the Second Battle of El Alamein in Egypt, in 1942)

Winston ChurchillBy its sudden collapse, … the proud German army has once again proved the truth of the saying, “The Hun is always either at your throat or at your feet”.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillIn War: Resolution, In Defeat: Defiance, In Victory: Magnanimity, In Peace: Good Will.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Winston ChurchillThe problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Sun TzuVictorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

Sun TzuStrategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

Sun TzuWhat is essential in war is victory, not prolonged operations.

—  Sun Tzu, c. 5th cent. BC, Chinese general & military strategist

Michel de MontaigneThere are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

—  Michel de Montaigne, 1533-1592, French thinker

George OrwellThe quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.

—  George Orwell, 1903-1950, British writer

Ralph Waldo EmersonThe real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Ferdinand FochThe will to conquer is the first condition of victory.

—  Ferdinand Foch, 1851-1929, French field marshal

Ernest HemingwayA man can be destroyed but not defeated.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

Joseph StalinHistory shows that there are no invincible armies and that there never have been.

—  Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953, Soviet leader

Douglas MacArthurToday the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. A great victory has been won.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

     (Victory broadcast, 1945)

Douglas MacArthurIn war there is no substitute for victory.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Douglas MacArthurIt is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Adolf HitlerAnyone can deal with victory. Only the mighty can bear defeat.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Adolf HitlerThe victor will never be asked if he told the truth.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Adolf HitlerWinning without problem is just victory, but winning with lots of trouble create History.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

Walt WhitmanBattles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

George W. BushOur enemies have made the mistake that America's enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.

—  George W. Bush, 1946-, American President

Vince LombardiI firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiWinners never quit and quitters never win.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiWinning is not everything, but wanting to win is.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiWinning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiWe didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Lou HoltzYou were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Margaret ThatcherYou may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Vince LombardiA team that thinks it’s going to lose is going to lose.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Vince LombardiWinning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

—  Vince Lombardi, 1913-1970, American football coach

Winston ChurchillVictory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953


Latin Quotes

Julius CaesarI came, I saw, I won.

Veni, vidi, vici.

—  Julius Caesar, 101-14 BC, Roman general & Consul

     (message to the Senate after his victory over Pharnaces of Pontus in 47 BC)

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Funny Quotes

Yogi BerraEven Napoleon had his Watergate.

—  Yogi Berra, 1925-2015, American baseball player & humorist


Ancient Greek

Pittacus of MytileneAchieve your victories without blood.

Τας νίκας άνευ αίματος ποιείσθαι.

—  Pittacus of Mytilene, 650-570 BC, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece

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Alexander the GreatI do not steal victory.

Ου κλέπτω την νίκην.

—  Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, King of Macedon

     (reply to the suggestion by Parmenion, before the Battle of Gaugamela, that he attack the Persian camp during the night.)


Proverbs

English proverbYou win some, you lose some.

—  English proverb










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