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Victory quotes and quotations

Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
Abraham Lincoln

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
Arthur Golden

We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and you must win.
Edward Gibbon

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.
Horace Mann

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.
Josh Billings

Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.
Lois McMaster Bujold

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
Mahatma Gandhi

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova

Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.
Polybius

Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone.
Pyrrhus

Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.
Ralph W. Sockman

The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities...It is best to win without fighting.
Sun-tzu

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
Aristotle

Not might but light lit Maccabees' lamp through the night.
O Anna Niemus

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
Red Sanders

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
Sun-tzu

Out spoke the victor then, As he hail'd them o'er the wave, Ye are brothers! ye are men! And we conquer but to save; So peace instead of death let us bring; But yield, proud foe, let us bring; With the crews, at England's feet, And make submission meet To our King.
Thomas Campbell

Not one of all the purple host Who took the flag to-day Can tell the definition So clear of victory, As he, defeated, dying, On whose forbidden ear The distant strains of triumph Break agonized and clear.
Emily Dickinson

Our peace must be a peace of victors, not of the vanquished.
General Ferdinand Foch

I look at victory as milestones on a very long highway.
Joan Benoit Samuelson

There are always survivors at a massacre. Among the victors, if nowhere else.
Lois McMaster Bujold

As always, victory finds a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
Count Galeazzo Ciano

Who overcomes By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
John Milton

Victory is a thing of the will.
General Ferdinand Foch

The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.
St. Augustine

There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.
Elie Wiesel

Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.
Winston Churchill

You know how to win victory, Hannibal, you do not how to use it
Maharbal

A Cadmean victory. (The conquerors suffer as much as the conquered.)
General Ferdinand Foch

From what far, heavenly height of hope Didst thou descend to light our way, Cleaving with flash of snowy robe Time's dusky veil of twilight gray?
Julia Larned

Peace must be framed on so equitable a basis, that the nations would not wish to disturb it . . . so that the confidence of the German people shall be put in the equity of their cause and not in the might of their armies.
David Lloyd George

Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
Thomas Campbell

They see nothing wrong in the rule, that to the victors belong the spoils of the enemy.
William L. Marcy

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi

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

Then should some cloud pass over The brow of sire or lover, Think 'tis the shade By Victory made Whose wings right o'er us hover!
Thomas Moore

Westminster Abbey, or Victory.
Lord Horatio Nelson

The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.
Howard Cosell

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine

Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The victorious cause pleased the gods, but the victory pleased Cato.
Lucanus

It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory.
Blaise Pascal

Before this time to-morrow I shall have gained a peerage, or Westminister Abbey.
Lord Horatio Nelson

We have met the enemy and they are ours.
Oliver Hazard Perry

Woe to the vanquished!
Plautus

We conquered France, but felt our captive's charms, Her arts victorious triumph'd o'er our arms.
Alexander Pope

The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses - behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
Muhammad Ali

The best policy is to declare victory and leave.
George D. Aiken

To the victors belong the spoils.
General Ferdinand Foch

But if We have such another victory, we are undone.
Alexander Pope

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

Hail! Thou as victor crowned.
B.G. Schumacher

Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O'er a' the ills o' life victorious.
Robert Burns

Who thought he'd won The field as certain as a gun.
James Butler

One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

There are many victories worse than a defeat.
George Eliot

The will to conquer is the first condition of victory.
Ferdinand Foch

The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.
Oswald Spengler

In defeat unbeatable; in victory unbearable.
Sir Winston Churchill

The most urgent necessity in human life is to be able to face life victoriously. For many are living mentally, physically, morally and spiritually defeated.
F. A. Wickett

In war there is no substitute for victory.
General Douglas MacArthur

Victory; a matter of staying power.
Elbert Hubbard

The most dangerous moment comes with victory.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Victory is sweetest when you've known defeat.
Malcolm Forbes

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory.
Edmund Burke