Defeat Sayings and Quotes

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


When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.     

Napoleon Hill

Defeat should never be a source of discouragement but rather a fresh stimulus.     

Robert South

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.     

Josephus Daniels

Anyone can deal with victory. Only the mighty can bear defeat.     

Adolf Hitler

Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.     

George Edward

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.     

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The art of victory is learned in defeat.     

Simon Bolivar

You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.     

Richard Nixon

It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.     

Abdul Kalam

Life is truly known only to those who suffer, lose, endure adversity and stumble from defeat to defeat.     

Anais Nin

Defeat is only a word. Defeat was the beginning of a victory.     

Launa Rissadia

An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory.     

Millard Fillmore

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.     

Maya Angelou

Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it.     

Joe Clark

It is defeat that lives on and takes the years to smother.     

Ben Robertson

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.     

Ernest Hemingway

You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.     

Joel Osteen

Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.     

Bruce Lee

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

Edwin Markham

Defeat is in your mind. Resilience is in your soul.     

Keri Murphy

If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.     

Simone De Beauvoir

The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.     

Bill Bradley

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.     

Michel de Montaigne

It is not defeat that destroys you,it is being demoralized by defeat that destroy you.     

Imran Khan

Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.     

Richard M. Nixon

Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.     

Wendell Phillips

If you learn from defeat, you haven't really lost.     

Zig Ziglar

There is no defeat except for those who give up.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.     

Marilyn vos Savant

Failure, loss and defeat are just mile markers on the road to success.     

Jeffrey Fry