Defeated Sayings and Quotes

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

See that any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn't work. Dare to let go and you won't lose a thing except for a punishing idea.     

Guy Finley

A defeated argument that refuses to be obliterated can remain very alive.     

Amartya Sen

Defeat teach us us life's most valuable lessons.     

Chinese Proverb

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

George E. Woodberry

Defeat isn't bitter if you don't swallow it.     

Grenville Kleiser

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

Marilyn vos Savant

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

Rober South

Do not let defeat be a failure, let defeat be a means of moving on to better things with new knowledge if you take that type of attitude you will find success even in defeat!     

Catherine Pulsifer

To be defeated and yet not surrender, this is victory.     

Jozef Pilsudski

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.     

Steve Maraboli

We are never defeated unless we give up on God.     

Ronald Reagan

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

Jeffrey Fry

Right defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Believe you are defeated, believe it long enough, and it is likely to become a fact.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.     


A man may be defeated by his own secondary successes.     

Woodrow Wilson

You are a failure not the time when you are defeated.. but when you give up fighting     


It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.     

Grover Cleveland

Defeat is a state of mind. You are defeated only when you accept defeat, and assume the hopeless mindset of a defeated person.     

Donald Trump

Defeat begins with the fear that one has lost.     

Kōbō Abe

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

You're not defeated when you lose a battle. You are defeated when you give up the struggle.     

Mouloud Benzadi

You are not defeated when you lose. You are defeated when you quit.     

Paulo Coelho

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

Launa Rissadia

No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.     

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Adolf Hitler

Falling down isnt defeat is when you refuse to get up.     


One is defeated only when one accepts defeat.     

Ferdinand Foch

Every defeat every heartbreak every loss contains its own seed, Its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.     

Og Mandino

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

Bruce Lee

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.     

Josephus Doniels

You can be defeated by life's unavoidable disappointments, or you can become stronger because of them.     

Kay Arthur

Failure is a temporary defeat, while success is everlasting victory.     

Muhamad khalouf

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

Richard Nixon