For how long could we fail until we surrendered?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

One may dislike Hitler’s system and yet admire his patriotic achievement. If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations.

Winston Churchill

We may not be able to defeat these swine, but we don’t have to join them.

Bob Dylan

There is something inherently tough about Americans. They will not accept defeat. The astronauts of Apollo 13 would not give up, John Nash in A Beautiful Mind would not give up, and Jim Braddock would not surrender to poverty.

Ron Howard

But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.

Ernest Hemingway, Old Man and the Sea

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