When You Have Lost

Sunday, May 11, 2008 – When You Have Lost  


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


You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates. ~ Richard M. Nixon


When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less. ~ Paul Brown


If you’re old and you lose, they say you’re outmoded. If you’re young and you lose, they say you’re green. So don’t lose. ~ Terry Brennan


Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. ~ Ludwig Borne


Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte


The defeats and victories of the fellows at the top aren’t always defeats and victories for the fellows at the bottom. ~ Bertolt Brecht


If you are losing a tug of war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope. ~ Max Gunther


If you can keep your head about you when all about you are losing theirs, it’s just possible you haven’t grasped the situation. ~ Jean Kerr


We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist. ~ Queen Victoria


There are some defeats more triumphant than victories. ~ Michael de Montaigne


Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated. ~ Will Rogers


Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. ~ Mahatma Gandhi, Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13, May 3, 1919


Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. ~ Sun-tzu, The Art of War


Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. ~ William Saroyan


We are all failures – at least, the best of us are. ~ Sir James Matthew Barrie


If at first you don’t succeed, find out if the loser gets anything. ~ Bill Lyon


One must be a god to be able to tell successes from failures without making a mistake. ~ Anton Pavlovich Chekhov


There really is no such thing as failure. There is only the rearrangement of plans and surrender of ego. ~ Susan Falter-Barns


I assumed that everything would lead to complete failure, but I decided that didn’t matter – that would be my life. ~ Jasper Johns