An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Losing doesn't eat at me the way it used to. I just get ready for the next play, the next game, the next season.


Troy Aikman (1966-, American football player)


No one knows what to say in the loser's locker room.


Muhammad Ali (1942-, American boxer)


Knute Rockne liked a bad loser. He said good losers lose too often.


George E. Allen (1832-1907, British publisher, author)


Loss is nothing else but change, and change is Nature's delight.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.


Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979, American poet)


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


Bill Bradley (1943-, American basketball player)


I'm not much of a golfer, I don't have any friends and, all I like to do is go home and be alone, and not worry about ways not to lose.


Bear Bryant (1913-1983, American football coach)


One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.


Galeazzo Ciano


I hate to lose more than I love to win.


Jimmy Connors (1952-, American tennis player)


I think we now come to the park expecting to win instead of playing not to lose.


Eric Davis


You're never a loser until you quit trying.


Mike Ditka (1939-, American football player, coach)


A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot.


Leo Durocher (1905-1991, American baseball player/manager)


Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


If a man falls once, all will tread upon him.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


There may be as much nobility in being last as in being first, because the two positions are equally necessary in the world, the one to complement the other.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.


Steffi Graf (1969-, German tennis player)


The first proof of a person's incapacity to achieve, is their endeavoring to fix the stigma of failure on others.


B. R. Hayden (1913-1980, American poet)


No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


No wise person should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractice in their house, his being cheated, or having been disgraced.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


The cheerful loser is the winner.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


It's the good loser who finally loses out.


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


When you are winning too much, sometimes you think you should never lose again. I am learning to lose.


Goran Ivanisevic (1967-, Croatian tennis player)


I never lost a game. I just ran our of time.


Bobby Layne (1927-1986, American football player)


What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We have fought this fight as long, and as well as we know how. We have been defeated. For us as a Christian people, there is now but one course to pursue. We must accept the situation.


Robert E. Lee (1807-1870, American confederate army commander)


Every man's got to figure to get beat sometime.


Joe Louis (1914-1981, American boxer)


Nobody ever chooses the already unfortunate as objects of his loyal friendship.


F. L. Lucan (39-65, Roman epic poet)


When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.




Whoever said, "It's not whether you win or lose that counts," probably lost.


Martina Navratilova (1956-, American tennis player)


Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.


Paul Newman (1925-, American actor, director, philanthropist)


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


Jim Palmer (1945-, American baseball player)


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


Joe Paterno (1926-, American football coach)


Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done.


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


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


Pat Riley (1945-, American basketball coach)


There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser, and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.


Kyle Rote Jr.


The minute you start talking about what your going to do if you lose, you have lost.


George Shultz


Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Gabriela Sabatini (1970-, Argentine tennis player)


Wise men never sit and wail their loss, but cheerily seek how to redress their harms.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


The fear of losing is what makes competitors so great. Show me a gracious loser and I'll show you a permanent loser.


O. J. Simpson (1947-, American football player)


We have resolved to endure the unendurable and suffer what is insufferable.


Author Unknown


There are no losers in losing, only losers in not wanting to win.


Jesus M. Trejo


We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.


Queen Victoria (1819-1901, British queen)


Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


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