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The best policy is to declare victory and leave.
- George D. Aiken,
said during the Vietnam ear
Victories that are cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.
- Henry Ward Beecher
How beautiful is victory, but how dear!
- Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers
Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,
O'er a' the ills o' life victorious.
- Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter
Who thought he'd won
The field as certain as a gun.
- James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde,
Hudibras (pt. I, canto III, l. 11)
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, The Battle of the Baltic
Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
- Count Galeazzo Ciano
There's a lean fellow beats all conquerors.
- Thomas Dekker (Decker)
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, Poems--Success
A victory won over self, is the only victory acceptable to God.
- Charles Nelson Douglas
Even victors are by victory undone.
- John Dryden
Our peace must be a peace of victors, not of the vanquished.
- General Ferdinand Foch,
as reported by G. Ward Price in the London "Daily Mail"
Victory is a thing of the will.
- General Ferdinand Foch,
one of his favorite maxims
Pursue not a victory too far. He hath conquered well that hath made his enemy fly; thou mayest beat him to a desperate resistance, which may ruin thee.
- George Herbert
A Cadmean victory. (The conquerors suffer as much as the conquered.)
- Herodotus ("Father of History") I, 66,
quoting a proverb
He went down to the school with a glimmering of another lesson in his heart,--the lesson that he who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.
- Thomas Hughes
To the victors belong the spoils. (The spoils to the victors.)
- attributed to Andrew Jackson
Victory and defeat are each of the same price.
- Thomas Jefferson
There's an old saying that victory has hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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, The Winged Victory
Beware of rashness, but with energy, and sleepless vigilance, go forward and give us victories.
- Abraham Lincoln
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, in a speech at Glasgow
The victorious cause pleased the gods, but the victory pleased Cato.
[Lat., Victrix cause Diis placuit, sed victa Catoni.]
- Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
You know how to win victory, Hannibal, you do not how to use it
[Lat., Vincere scis, Hannibal; victoria uti nescis.]
said to Hannibal, from Livy, The History of Rome, vol. III (22.51)
They see nothing wrong in the rule, that to the victors belong the spoils of the enemy.
- William Learned Marcy,
in a speech in the United States Senate
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