So you think that you’re a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What’s wrong with that? In the first place, if you’ve any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free.
A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
We may be personally defeated, but our principles never!
The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.
Intent is not a thought, or an object, or a wish. Intent is what can make a man succeed when his thoughts tell him that he is defeated. It operates in spite of the warrior's indulgence. Intent is what makes him invulnerable. Intent is what sends a shaman through a wall, through space, to infinity.
The mountain remains unmoved at seeming defeat by the mist.
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
Be careful that victories do not carry the seed of future defeats.