Sunday, November 9, 2008 – Victory


Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for mankind. ~ Horace Mann


Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. ~ Malcolm S. Forbes


In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first. ~ Harry S Truman


It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ~ Nelson Mandela


One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness. ~ Josh Billings


You must not, when you have gained a victory, use any triumphing or insulting expression, nor show too much pleasure; but endeavor to console your adversary, and make him less dissatisfied with himself by every kind and civil expression, that may be. ~ Benjamin Franklin


The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious. ~ Oswald Spengler


The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult. ~ Winston Churchill


Character is victory organized. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


A loser doesn’t know what he’ll do if he loses, but talks about what he’ll do if he wins, and a winner doesn’t talk about what he’ll do if he wins, but knows what he’ll do if he loses. ~ Mario Puzo


Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories. ~ Polybius


Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone. ~ Pyrrhus (319 BC – 272 BC), from Plutarch, Lives


Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Winning is like shaving – you do it every day or you wind up looking like a bum. ~ Jack Kemp


Winning tastes good. ~ Jean-Claude Killy


Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do. ~ Gian Carlo Menotti


Only he who attempts the absurd is capable of achieving the impossible. ~ Miguel de Unamuno


An achievement is a bondage. It obliges one to a higher achievement. ~ Albert Camus


I never did say that you can’t be a nice guy and win. I said that if I was playing third base and my mother rounded third with the winning run, I’d trip her up. ~ Leo Durocher


Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre


Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out. ~ Edwin Markham


I have learned to use the word “impossible” with the greatest caution. ~ Wernher von Braun


Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack. ~ Sun Tzu


I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it. ~ Jack Handy