Defeat and Victory…

“Defeat and victory are the same, in the sense that victory will open your eyes only to a deeper defeat: so fight on.”

C.S. Lewis, Letters

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4 Responses to Defeat and Victory…

  1. David Elpern says:

    Food for thought.
    Emily D. said something similar, and more memorable – as only she could.

    Success is counted sweetest by those who ne’er succeed.
    To comprehend a nectar required sorest need.
    Not one among the purple host who took the field today
    Can tell the definition so clear of victory
    As he, defeated dying, on whose forgotten ear
    The distant sounds of triumph sound agonized and clear.


    • Touch2Touch says:

      Memorable? Yes.
      Similar? Not to my view. E.D.’s reminds me of a woman I knew, a beautiful, extremely intelligent, witty, charming, penetrating, well-informed and widely read, altogether extraordinary person. But she, especially in the predominantly academic milieu of her social circle, always felt “less than.” Why? She had never gone to college.

      C.S. Lewis’s to me — at a very stressful time– is something other: an acknowledgement that there is no such thing as a final “victory,” that one must simply forget the labels and keep going. A call to courage. Onward!


  2. Pauline says:

    As long as we’re quoting, Ben Stein said, β€œIt is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.”

    So, in the final assessment, “onward” seems a noble charge!


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