„There is nothing more intoxicating than victory, and nothing more dangerous.“

—  Robert Greene, The 48 Laws of Power
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Thomas Paine photo

„Peace, which costs nothing, is attended with infinitely more advantage, than any victory with all its expence.“

—  Thomas Paine, livro Rights of Man
1790s, Rights of Man, Part 2 (1792), Part Two, Chapter V. Ways and means of improving the condition of Europe, interspersed with miscellaneous observations.

Michel De Montaigne photo

„There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.“

—  Michel De Montaigne, livro Ensaios
Essais (1595), Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Book I, Ch. 30. Of Cannibals

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Winston S. Churchill photo

„The problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult.“

—  Winston S. Churchill, livro The Second World War
The Second World War (1939–1945), Speech in the House of Commons, November 11, 1942 Debate on the address http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1942/nov/11/debate-on-the-address#column_39.

Wendell Phillips photo

„Whether in chains or in laurels, Liberty knows nothing but victories.“

—  Wendell Phillips American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator and lawyer 1811 - 1884
1850s, Lecture at Brooklyn (1859)

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Dejan Stojanovic photo

„Courage is more important than to be deceived by shallow victory waiting for a delayed defeat.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
From the poems written in English, Reality http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/reality-168/

Thomas Fuller photo

„Though blood be the best sauce for victory, yet must it not be more than the meat.“

—  Thomas Fuller English churchman and historian 1608 - 1661
The History of the Holy War (1639), Book I, Ch. 24.

José de San Martín photo

„A well-fought defeat is worth more than a casual victory.“

—  José de San Martín Argentine general and independence leader 1778 - 1850
100 Masones Su Palabra (2010), Una derrota peleada vale más que una victoria casual.

Harry Truman photo

„Our victory in Europe was more than a victory of arms.
It was a victory of one way of life over another. It was a victory of an ideal founded on the rights of the common man, on the dignity of the human being, on the conception of the State as the servant — and not the master — of its people.“

—  Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
Report on the Potsdam Conference (1945), Context: Our victory in Europe was more than a victory of arms. It was a victory of one way of life over another. It was a victory of an ideal founded on the rights of the common man, on the dignity of the human being, on the conception of the State as the servant — and not the master — of its people. A free people showed that it was able to defeat professional soldiers whose only moral arms were obedience and the worship of force. We tell ourselves that we have emerged from this war the most powerful nation in the world — the most powerful nation, perhaps, in all history. That is true, but not in the sense some of us believe it to be true. The war has shown us that we have tremendous resources to make all the materials for war. It has shown us that we have skillful workers and managers and able generals, and a brave people capable of bearing arms. All these things we knew before. The new thing — the thing which we had not known — the thing we have learned now and should never forget, is this: that a society of self-governing men is more powerful, more enduring, more creative than any other kind of society, however disciplined, however centralized.

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo

„We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1940s, Context: Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely. But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory! Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking. Order of the Day (2 June 1944), a message to troops before the Normandy landings http://www.3ad.com/history/wwll/feature.pages/d.day.letters.htm, reported in Franklin Watts, Voices of History (1945), p. 260

 Aristophanés photo

„Unjust Cause: This art is worth more than ten thousand staters, that one should choose the worse cause, and nevertheless be victorious.“

—  Aristophanés, The Clouds
Clouds (423 BC), tr. Hickie 1853, vol. 1, Perseus http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text.jsp?doc=Aristoph.+Cl.+1041

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Charles Babbage photo

„The triumph of the industrial arts will advance the cause of civilization more rapidly than its warmest advocates could have hoped, and contribute to the permanent prosperity and strength of the country far more than the most splendid victories of successful war.“

—  Charles Babbage mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer 1791 - 1871
The Exposition of 1851: Views Of The Industry, The Science, and the Government Of England, 1851, p. xii-xiii; Cited in: Samuel Smiles Industrial biography; iron-workers and tool-makers http://books.google.com/books?id=5trBcaXuazgC&pg=PA104, (1864) p. 104

Theodor Mommsen photo

„Bloodless victories are often feeble and dangerous“

—  Theodor Mommsen German classical scholar, historian, jurist, journalist, politician, archaeologist and writer 1817 - 1903
The Provinces of the Roman Empire, From Caesar to Diocletian 1854-6, On the mission which resulted in Peace by Gauis Caesar to the East in the year 6 A.D. Vol.2

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