Losing Quotes

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Jonathan Safran Foer
“Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.”
jonathan safran foer

Alexandra Monir
“There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can't just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don't, you're the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win.”
Alexandra Monir, Timeless


Before you were born,
And were still too tiny for
The human eye to see,
You won the race for life
From among 250 million competitors.
And yet,
How fast you have forgotten
Your strength,
When your very existence
Is proof of your greatness.
You were born a winner,
A warrior,
One who defied the odds
By surviving the most gruesome
Battle of them all.
And now that you are a giant,
Why do you even doubt victory
Against smaller numbers,
And wider margins?
The only walls that exist,
Are those you have placed in your mind.
And whatever obstacles you conceive,
Exist only because you have forgotten
What you have already

Poetry by Suzy Kassem”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Cassandra Clare
“Sometimes you must lose everything to gain it again, and the regaining is the sweeter for the pain of loss.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

Winna Efendi
“Karena cinta tidak ingin bertahan dalam hati dua orang yang tidak menginginkan hal yang sama. Karena jika salah satunya tidak memiliki ruang yang cukup untuk cinta, maka cinta itu akan beranjak pergi.”
Winna Efendi, Refrain

Barbara De Angelis
“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.”
Barbara De Angelis

Terry Pratchett
“Where's the pleasure in bein' the winner if the loser ain't alive to know they've lost?”
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

“I've wanted to win at everything, every day, since I was a kid. And time doesn't change a person, it just helps you get a handle on who you are. Even at age 41, I still hate losing--I'm just more gracious about it. I'm also aware that setbacks have an upside; they fuel new dreams.”
Dara Torres, Age Is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams at Any Stage in Your Life

Albert Payson Terhune
“Win without boasting. Lose without excuse.”
Albert Payson Terhune

“Pick a leader who will keep jobs in your country by offering companies incentives to hire only within their borders, not one who allows corporations to outsource jobs for cheaper labor when there is a national employment crisis. Choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Rather than the strength it takes to not lose, it's the strength to stand back up after a loss that is sometimes more valuable.”
Kyo Shirodaira, Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 04

Lance Armstrong
“When you win, you don't examine it very much, except to congratulate yourself. You easily, and wrongly, assume it has something to do with your rare qualities as a person. But winning only measures how hard you've worked and how physically talented you are; it doesn't particularly define you beyond those characteristics.

Losing on the other hand, 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

Richard Diaz
“If you lose your temper, you lose!”
Richard Diaz

Leigh Bardugo
“You do not enter a race to lose”
Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Piet Hein
“Losing one glove is certainly painful,
but nothing compared to the pain,
of losing one, throwing away the other,
and finding the first one again.”
Piet Hein

Adlai E. Stevenson II
“Someone asked me...how it felt and I was reminded of a story that a fellow townsman of ours used to tell--Abraham Lincoln. They asked him how he felt once after an unsuccessful election. He said he felt like a little boy who had stubbed his toe in the dark. He said that he was too old to cry, but it hurt too much to laugh.”
Adlai E. Stevenson II

Pat Conroy
“Loss invites reflection and reformulating and a change of strategies. Loss hurts and bleeds and aches. Loss is always ready to call out your name in the night. Loss follows you home and taunts you at the breakfast table, follows you to work in the morning. You have to make accommodations and broker deals to soften the rabbit punches that loss brings to your daily life. You have to take the word "loser" and add it to your resume and walk around with it on your name tag as it hand-feeds you your own shit in dosages too large for even great beasts to swallow. The word "loser" follows you, bird-dogs you, sniffs you out of whatever fields you hide in because you have to face things clearly and you cannot turn away from what is true.”
Pat Conroy, My Losing Season: A Memoir

Madeleine K. Albright
“Good guys don’t always win, especially when they are divided and less determined than their adversaries. The desire for liberty may be ingrained in every human breast, but so is the potential for complacency, confusion, and cowardice. And losing has a price.”
Madeleine K. Albright, Fascism: A Warning

Dianne Feinstein
“Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.”
Dianne Feinstein, Nine and Counting: The Women of the Senate

Alain de Botton
“Distress at losing an object can be as much a frustration at the intellectual mystery of the disappearance as about the loss itself.”
Alain de Botton

Criss Jami
“Faithfulness imparts God's reason for all circumstances. No matter what the world says, losing is no longer an option.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Criss Jami
“An insincere critic of a sincere person never wins.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christopher Isherwood
“As they embrace, she kisses him full on the mouth. And suddenly sticks her tongue right in. She has done this before, often. It’s one of those drunken long shots which just might, at least theoretically, once in ten thousand tries, throw a relationship right out of its orbit and send it whizzing off on another. Do women ever stop trying? No. But, because they never stop, they learn to be good losers.”
Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man

Rafael Nadal
“I have no sense of humor about losing”
Rafael Nadal, Rafa

Susanna Clarke
“Most of us are naturally inclined to struggle against the restrictions our friends and family impose upon us, but if we are so unfortunate as to lose a loved one, what a difference then! Then the restriction becomes a sacred trust.”
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

“You can
Lose a child
Or a parent,
The love of your life,
A good job,
A game,
A deal,
A bet,
An idea,
Your favorite thing,
Your best friend,
A moment,
An opportunity,
A chance,
Your keys,
Your mind,
Your health,
Your identity,
Your virginity,
Your religion,
Your shirt,
Your license,
ID or Passport,
Phone or phone number,
Your pride,
Or your house,
And feel like
You've lost everything,
And keep on losing.

Counting losses
And start counting your blessings.
Only then,
Will you discover that losses
Are easier to point out
And count
Than blessings,
And that blessings
Outnumber your losses
For they are truly

It is only normal that
People count losses with
Their minds,
And ignore
To count blessings
With the graciousness
Of their hearts.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Zora Neale Hurston
“Let the sun go down on you like King Harold at the battle of Hastings — fighting gloriously. Maybe a loser but what a loser! Greater in defeat than the conqueror. Certainly not a coward that rusted out lurking in his tent.”
Zora Neale Hurston, A Life in Letters

Habeeb Akande
“The best winners are the worst losers.”
Habeeb Akande

Will Advise
“The more you believe, the more you'll be leaving you, when what you believed turns out to be just lies. Or unjust lies. Or any lies, anyway.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

Brian Herbert
“A winner has more skills than a loser," Vor said, "no matter how you define the competition.”
Brian Herbert, The Butlerian Jihad

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