Losing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old losing quotes, losing sayings, and losing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.

Pat Riley

When I lose a match, I know that I lose on the court and not in life.

Gabriela Sabatini

Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.

Billie Jean King

That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

Richard Bach

Losing is part of the game. If you never lose, you are never truly tested, and never forced to grow.

David Sirlin

Losing is only temporary and not all encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.     

John Wooden

If you learn from a loss you have not lost.     

Austin O'Malley

I would prefer even to lose with honor than to win by cheating.

Sophocles

Losing is no disgrace if you've given your best.

Jim Palmer

If you're afraid of losing, then you daren't win.

Bjorn Borg

Don't be afraid of losing, be afraid of playing a game and not learning something.     

Dan Heisman

Don't even mention losing to me. I can't stand to think of it.     

Bobby Fischer

Winning isn't everything but losing is nothing.

Edmar Mednis

Most players ... do not like losing, and consider defeat as something shameful. This is a wrong attitude. Those who wish to perfect themselves must regard their losses as lessons and learn from them what sorts of things to avoid in the future.

Jose Capablanca

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

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.     

Ludwig Borne

Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war.     

Donald Trump

Winners lose much more often than losers. So if you keep losing but you're still trying, keep it up! You're right on track.

Matthew Keith Groves

We always learn more from the losing than the winning.

Yani Tseng

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.     

Joe Paterno

If you can't accept losing, you can't win.

Vince Lombardi

Losing does not make me want to quit. It makes me want to fight that much harder.

Paul William "Bear" Bryant

If you never lose, then you can never appreciate the victories.     

Laura Twitchell

Sometimes you learn more from losing than winning. Losing forces you to reexamine.     

Pat Summitt

The more you lose, the more positive you have to become. When you're winning, you can ride players harder because their self-esteem is high. If you are losing and you try to be tough, you're asking for dissension.     

Rick Pitino

You can't be a winner and be afraid to lose.     

Charles Lynch

That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

Richard Bach

It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.     

Pat Riley

We lost because we told ourselves we lost.

Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Losing comes of winning money.

Chinese Proverbs



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