LOSING QUOTES

quotations about losing

Losing is part of the game. If you never lose, you are never truly tested, and never forced to grow.

DAVID SIRLIN, Playing to Win: Becoming the Champion

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Losing ... really does say something about who you are. Among other things it measures are: do you blame others, or do you own the loss? Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck? If you're willing to examine failure, and to look not just at your outward physical performance, but your internal workings, too, losing can be valuable. How you behave in those moments can perhaps be more self-defining than winning could ever be. Sometimes losing shows you for who you really are.

LANCE ARMSTRONG, Every Second Counts

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Losing is only temporary and not all encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.

JOHN WOODEN, attributed, 1001 Motivational Messages and Quotations for Athletes and Coaches

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I would prefer even to lose with honor than to win by cheating.

SOPHOCLES, Philoctetes

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If you learn from a loss you have not lost.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

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Winners have to absorb losses.

ICE-T, Men's Health, Dec. 2005

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That's what learning is, after all; not whether we lose the game, but how we lose and how we've changed because of it and what we take away from it that we never had before, to apply to other games. Losing, in a curious way, is winning.

RICHARD BACH, The Bridge Across Forever

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The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

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Losing would be painful, but not as painful as knowing there was something else you could've done.

JOE TRIPPI, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it.

SARAH DESSEN, Along for the Ride

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All games are basically hostile. Winners and losers. We see them all around us: the winners and the losers. The losers can oftentimes become winners, and the winners can very easily become losers.

WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS, "The War Universe"

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Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.

GEORGE MEREDITH, Rhoda Fleming

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For every winner, there's a loser. And that person didn't really need to lose. They just didn't understand the game plan.

BUZZ ALDRIN, "What I've Learned", Esquire, January 2003

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

VINCE LOMBARDI, attributed, Baseball's First Inning

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A man seems never to know what anything means till he has lost it; and this I suppose is the reason why losses--vanishing away of things--are among the teachings of this world of shadows.

ORVILLE DEWEY, "On Human Nature", The Works of Orville Dewey

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Winning isn't everything to me, but it's a close second. Losing isn't something that I can just brush off and fake a smile to hide my frustration. It's that will and determination that I hope will get me where I want to go.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., Driver #8

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Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn't hard to master.

ELIZABETH BISHOP, "One Art"

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Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat.

ARTHUR ASHE, Arthur Ashe on Tennis: Strokes, Strategy, Traditions, Players, Psychology, and Wisdom

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I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!

WOODROW WILSON, attributed, American Politics and the Party System

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A good loser is all right, but it isn't so much fun to beat him.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

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