41 Quotes About Losing Gracefully


There are many times in life when someone does not work out as planned. When you feel like you are lose, look to new ways to lose gracefully and find your next step. These quotes about losing gracefully help to capture the significance of these types of experiences.

“A good loser is all right, but it isn’t so much fun to beat him.”

“All games are basically hostile. Winners and losers. We see them all around us: the winners and the losers. The losers can oftentimes become winners, and the winners can very easily become losers.”

“Always have the situation under control, even if losing. Never betray an inward sense of defeat.”

“Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.”

“As they embrace, she kisses him full on the mouth. And suddenly sticks her tongue right in. She has done this before, often.”

“Distress at losing an object can be as much a frustration at the intellectual mystery of the disappearance as about the loss itself.”

“Do you analyze your failure, or just complain about bad luck?”

“Except in a very few matches, usually with world-class performers, there is a point in every match (and in some cases it’s right at the beginning) when the loser decides he’s going to lose.”

“Faithfulness imparts God’s reason for all circumstances. No matter what the world says, losing is no longer an option.”

“For every winner, there’s a loser. And that person didn’t really need to lose. They just didn’t understand the game plan.”

“I did not believe in stalemates. I believed in resolutions, one way or another, and if I found myself on the losing end, so be it.”

“I would prefer even to lose with honor than to win by cheating.”

“I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.”

“If you learn from a loss you have not lost.”

“If you lose your temper, you lose!”

“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.”

“In life the loser’s score is always zero.”

“It’s hard to get recognition when your team is losing.”

“Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master.”

“Losing is only temporary and not all encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.”

“Losing is part of the game. If you never lose, you are never truly tested, and never forced to grow.”

“Losing leaves a bitter taste that lingers long after the sweetness of victory has been forgotten.”

“Losing one glove is certainly painful, but nothing compared to the pain, of losing one, throwing away the other, and finding the first one again.”

“Losing would be painful, but not as painful as knowing there was something else you could’ve done.”

“Loss invites reflection and reformulating and a change of strategies. Loss hurts and bleeds and aches. Loss is always ready to call out your name in the night.”

“Losses are comparative, and imagination only makes them of any moment.”

“Most of us are naturally inclined to struggle against the restrictions our friends and family impose upon us, but if we are so unfortunate as to lose a loved one, what a difference then.”

“One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.”

“Rather than the strength it takes to not lose, it’s the strength to stand back up after a loss that is sometimes more valuable.”

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.”

“Sometimes you lose. Nothing you can do but admit it.”

“Sometimes you must lose everything to gain it again, and the regaining is the sweeter for the pain of loss.”

“The best winners are the worst losers.”

“The more you believe, the more you’ll be leaving you, when what you believed turns out to be just lies. Or unjust lies. Or any lies, anyway.”

“The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.”

“There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can’t just fall apart and die. You have to fight back.”

“Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on. I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.”

“Where’s the pleasure in bein’ the winner if the loser ain’t alive to know they’ve lost?”

“Win without boasting. Lose without excuse.”

“Winning may not be everything, but losing has little to recommend it.”

“You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back.”

There are many lessons to learn when you hit a brick wall and suffer a traumatic loss.

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