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
The cheerful loser is the winner.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
—Robert Frost (1874–1963) American Poet
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 (1807–70) Confederate General during American Civil War
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
—Jimmy Connors (b.1952) American Sportsperson
Never contend with a man who has nothing to lose.
—Baltasar Gracian (1601–58) Spanish Scholar, Prose Writer
When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.
—Steffi Graf (b.1969) German Tennis Player, Philanthropist
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 Dostoyevsky (1821–81) Russian Novelist, Essayist, Writer
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
—Queen Victoria (1819–1901) British Royal
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.
—Richard Whately (1787–1863) English Philosopher, Theologian
Show me a good loser and I will show you a loser.
—Paul Newman (1925–2008) American Actor, Philanthropist
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.
You’re never a loser until you quit trying.
—Mike Ditka (b.1939) American Sportsperson