The defeat of the Augustan policy, as the peace with Maroboduus and the sufferance of the Teutoburg disaster may well be termed, was hardly a victory of the Germans.
Washington’s defeat in 1754 was followed by active military preparations on both sides.
Basically, at the very bottom of life, which seduces us all, there is only absurdity, and more absurdity. And maybe that’s what gives us our joy for living, because the only thing that can defeat absurdity is lucidity.
When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield.
Not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.
Emigration is no longer a solution; it’s a defeat. People are risking death, drowning every day, but they’re knocking on doors that are not open.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
An army without culture is a dull-witted army, and a dull-witted army cannot defeat the enemy.
If a victory is told in detail, one can no longer distinguish it from a defeat.
As the game enters its glorious final weeks, the chill of fall signals the reality of defeat for all but one team. The fields of play will turn brown and harden, the snow will fall, but in the heart of the fan sprouts a sprig of green.