Quotes about victory

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„For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.“

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

Variant translations
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities... It is best to win without fighting.
Original: (zh_Hant) 是故百戰百勝,非善之善者也;不戰而屈人之兵,善之善者也。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter III · Strategic Attack

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„All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.“

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

Original: (zh_Hant) 人皆知我所以勝之形,而莫知我所以制勝之形。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter VI · Weaknesses and Strengths

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„He took a beating twice at sea, And threw two fleets away. So now to achieve one victory, He tosses dice all day.“

—  Augustus founder of Julio-Claudian dynasty and first emperor of the Roman Empire -63 - 14 BC

Postquam bis classe victus naves perdidit, Aliquando ut vincat, ludit assidue aleam.
A popular rhyme at the time of the Sicilian war, mocking Augustus' habit of playing dice; in Suetonius, Divus Augustus, paragraph 70. Translation: Robert Graves, 1957.

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„What is destined to happen will happen. Victory and defeat are like light and darkness.“

—  N. T. Rama Rao Indian actor and Andhra Pradesh former chief minister 1923 - 1996

His own family toppled him, quoted in Obituary: N. T. Rama Rao, 19 January 1996, 8 January 2014, Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-n-t-rama-rao-1324748.html,

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„I take with me the conscience of defeat as a victory banner.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet

Ibid., p. 79
Original: Levo comigo a consciência da derrota como um pendão de vitória.
Source: The Book of Disquiet

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„Fight, and you shall win. For God grants victory to perseverance.“

—  Simón Bolívar Venezuelan military and political leader, South American libertador 1783 - 1830

As quoted in Simón Bolívar (1969) by Gerhard Masur
Context: Do not compare your material forces with those of the enemy. Spirit cannot be compared with matter. You are human beings, they are beasts. You are free, they are slaves. Fight, and you shall win. For God grants victory to perseverance.

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