It might be that to surrender to happiness was to accept defeat, but it was a defeat better than many victories.
Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
You will be required to do wrong no matter where you go. It is the basic condition of life, to be required to violate your own identity. At some time, every creature which lives must do so. It is the ultimate shadow, the defeat of creation; this is the curse at work, the curse that feeds on all life. Everywhere in the universe.
I will remember this, thought Ender, when I am defeated. To keep dignity, and give honor where it's due, so that defeat is not disgrace. And I hope I don't have to do it often.
There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings. It is better not to be different from one's fellows. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat. They live as we all should live, undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet.
America is especially sensitive to war weariness, and nothing brings backlash like the perception of defeat. I say ôperceptionö because America is a very all-or-nothing societyà We like to know, and for everyone else to know, that our victory wasnÆt uncontested, it was positively devastating.
She saw in his eyes defeat of her wild dreams, her mad desires.
He had an idea that even when beaten he could steal a little victory by laughing at defeat.
Thus strategists hesitate over the map, the few pins and lines of coloured chalk, contemplating a change in the pins and lines, a matter of inches, which outside the room, out of sight of the studious officers, may engulf the past, present and future in ruin or life. She was a symbol to herself then, lacking the life of both child and woman; victory and defeat were changes of pin and line; she knew nothing of war.
In any case you mustn't confuse a single failure with a final defeat.
The power of good is shown not by triumphantly conquering evil, but by continuing to resist evil while facing certain defeat.
If the Gospels were truly the pattern of God's activity, then defeat was only the beginning.
I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss, and, in their struggles to be truly free, in their triumphs and defeats, through long years to come, I see the evil of this time and of the previous time of which this is the natural birth, gradually making expiation for itself and wearing out...
Defeat itself is defeated by the embrace of defeat...
There's a gentle sigh which descends like billowing silk upon the soul that accepts its coming death. It's a gentle pocket of air in the turbulence of everyday life... the silk settles around you as if it has been drifting towards the earth forever and has finally found it's target. The flag of defeat has been mercifully dropped and, in this action, the loss is not so bad. Defeat itself is defeated by the embrace of defeat, and death is swallowed up in victory.
Bremen are really playing well at the moment, despite the defeat to Lyon, ... They are making a very strong impression on me and we are really going to have to be at our best next week.
I learned a lesson tonight. The kids learned a lesson. Defeat is not an elective. It's a required course.
Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.
The importance of this big defeat, dramatic defeat is not only that they have lost areas, but they have lost their main fighting force,
She was never going to say she couldn't do something. She would never accept defeat.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
is going to be very hard to defeat.
The 1-0 defeat is not a bad result. We are even delighted with it, because it could have been worse.
In fact, Senator Reid's leadership and confidence that the filibuster was the right thing to do was critical to the defeat of the drilling provision last year.
Men insist that they don't mind women succeeding so long as they retain their femininity. Yet the qualities that men consider feminine . . . are the very qualities best guaranteed to assure the defeat of even the most gifted aspirant.
This isn't the end of the season, but it's a bad defeat.
We could still end up in a three-way tie. If we just keep our composure and learn from this defeat, then I'm positive that we'll have a chance to contend for the SEC.