Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday's Quote: Victory

Reminiscent of Harvard's 29-29 "win" over Yale in 1968, a recent Twitter pic (left) of the New York Post tells the story of a World Cup point that our national team should feel fortunate to have thanks almost entirely to a flub that the English may never let Robert Green forget.  Here are some quotes about victory that expand on this, in one way or another:

"Any time the Western way of war can be unleashed on an enemy stupid enough to enter its arena, victory is assured."
-- Victor Davis Hanson, historian, essayist and senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University 

"Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory."
-- Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), General of the Army of the United States and Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II 

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States (R-NY) 

"Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war."
-- William S. Burroughs (1914-1997), novelist and all-around artist

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