Quotes about victory

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Zig Ziglar photo

„Happiness is not pleasure — it is victory.“

—  Zig Ziglar American motivational speaker 1926 - 2012

See You at the Top (2000)

Winston S. Churchill photo

„You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.“

—  Winston S. Churchill, book The Second World War

Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940) This has often been misquoted in the form: "I have nothing to offer but blood, sweat and tears ..."
The Official Report, House of Commons (5th Series), 13 May 1940, vol. 360, c. 1502. Audio records of the speech do spare out the "It is" before the in the beginning of the "Victory"-Part.
The Second World War (1939–1945)
Context: You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.
Context: I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.' We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

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Muhammad photo

„I have been sent with Jawami al-Kalim (i.e., the shortest expression carrying the widest meanings), and I was made victorious with awe (caste into the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the earth were brought to me and were put in my hand.“

—  Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632

Narrated in Bukhari by Abu Huraira, Vol. 9, Book 87, Hadith 141 http://sunnah.com/bukhari/91/31
Sunni Hadith

Yoshijirō Umezu photo

„The certain way to victory…lies in making everything on Imperial soil contribute to the war effort…combining the total material and spiritual strength of the nation…“

—  Yoshijirō Umezu Japanese general 1882 - 1949

Quoted in "Suicide Squads: Axis and Allied Special Attack Weapons of World War II" - Page 267 - by Richard O'Neill - History - 1981.

Bill Burr photo

„Rub one out like a man, it's the champagne of victory.“

—  Bill Burr American actor, comedian and a celebrity podcaster 1968

You People Are All the Same (2012)

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Horatio Nelson photo

„First gain the victory and then make the best use of it you can.“

—  Horatio Nelson Royal Navy Admiral 1758 - 1805

Before the battle of the Nile (1 August 1797) [citation needed]
1790s

José Rizal photo

„Filipinos don't realize that victory is the child of struggle, that joy blossoms from suffering, and redemption is a product of sacrifice.“

—  José Rizal Filipino writer, ophthalmologist, polyglot and nationalist 1861 - 1896

"Como se gobiernan las Filipinas" (How one governs in the Philippines), published in La Solidaridad (15 December 1890)

Vladimir Lenin photo
Kliment Voroshilov photo

„It was necessary to close the front against Germany and that it (victory) depended on us whether it was to be closed or not.“

—  Kliment Voroshilov Soviet military commander 1881 - 1969

Quoted in "The unmaking of Adolf Hitler" - Page 377 - by Eugene Davidson - 2004

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„Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

Original: (zh_Hant) 是故勝兵先勝而後求戰,敗兵先戰而後求勝。
Variant: Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.
Source: The Art of War, Chapter IV · Disposition of the Army

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„If you seek Truth, you will not seek to gain a victory by every possible means; and when you have found Truth, you need not fear being defeated.“

—  Epictetus philosopher from Ancient Greece 50 - 138

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Golden Sayings of Epictetus

Muhammad Ali photo

„The greatest victory in life is to rise above the material things that we once valued most.“

—  Muhammad Ali, book The Soul of a Butterfly

Source: The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey

Simone de Beauvoir photo

„If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist 1908 - 1986

All Men are Mortal (1946)

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Omar Mukhtar photo

„I will not leave this place until I achieve one of the two highest levels; martyrhood or victory.“

—  Omar Mukhtar Libyan resistance leader 1858 - 1931

As quoted in "A Lesson from our True Leader: Omar Al-Mukhtar, Libya’s Freedom Fighter" at The Libyan Youth Movement : Feb 17th (22 February 2011) http://feb17.info/general/a-lesson-from-our-true-leader-omar-al-mukhtar-libyas-freedom-fighter/.