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Losing Quotes

  • "Losing and dying: it’s the same thing."
    Lance Armstrong (1971–), US former racing cyclist, banned for drugs violations
    Source: Quoted in the London Review of Books (November 22, 2012)
  • "I’m the only person I know that’s lost a quarter of a billion dollars in one year … It’s very character building."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Quoted in Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colorful Company (Owen Linzmayer, 2004)
  • "Stifle that ego and learn to love small losses. If you don't have small losses, it is positively guaranteed that you will have huge losses."
    John R. Hill, US financial trader
    Source: The Ultimate Trading Guide (2000)
  • "There is no such thing as a paper loss. A paper loss is a very real loss."
    Jim Rogers (1942–), US investor and author
    Source: Quoted in Treasury of Investment Wisdom (Bernice Cohen, 1999)
  • "If you think you are going to win, you'll lose. Moreover, if you think you are going to lose, you'll lose."
    Toshihiko Seko (1956–), Japanese athlete
    Source: Quoted in Running with the Legends (Michael Sandrock, 1996)
  • "If the losses don't hurt, your financial survival is tenuous."
    William Eckhardt, US mathematician and financial trader
    Source: Quoted in The New Market Wizards (John D. Schwager, 1992)
  • "For me coming second is the same as coming last."
    Sir Lew, Lord Grade (19061998), Russian-born British entertainment entrepreneur
    Source: Interview, You Magazine (October 25, 1987)
  • "I never thought of losing, but now that it's happened, the only thing is to do it right. That's my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life."
    Muhammad Ali (1942–), US boxer
    Said after losing his first fight to Ken Norton, March 31, 1973.
    Source: Quoted in the New York Times (1973)
  • "'Tis better to have fought and lost,
    Than never to have fought at all.
    Arthur Hugh Clough (18191861), British poet
    Source: “Peschiera,” Poems (1862)
  • "There is nothing worse than a battle won except a battle lost."
    Duke of Wellington (Arthur Wellesley) (17691852), British general and statesman
    Source: Letter to Philip von Neumann (January 11, 1821)
  • "If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice how he acts when he loses money."

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