Retreat Sayings and Quotes

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


The world needs people who retreat from the world in order to see it more clearly.     

Patrick Shen

A lion will only retreat if you stare it in the eyes; likewise, so will fear.     

Matshona Dhliwayo

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.     

Norman Vincent Peale

I am like a snake who has already bitten. I retreat from a direct battle while knowing the slow effect of the poison.     

Anais Nin

It makes no difference if I burn my bridges behind me - I never retreat.     

Fiorello LaGuardia

There is no shame in strategic retreat if it lets you remain strong enough to go after the enemy later.     

Jane Lindskold

Braving obstacles and hardships is braver than retreat to tranquility.     

Khalil Gibran

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.     

Oscar Wilde

In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.     

Mary Mccarthy

Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat.     

Napoleon Hill

A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.     

Lois McMaster Bujold

The temptations are great to simply retreat to the domain of private life and give up on our public problems.     

Lee H. Hamilton

In this revolution, no plans have been written for retreat.     

Martin Luther King Jr.

When over the enemy's lines, never forget your own line of retreat.     

Oswald Boelke

When the mind grasps the universe, the senses retreat.     

Subhash Kak

Certain battles were won by retreating.     

Eoin Colfer

It is also a victory to know when to retreat.     

Erno Paasilinna