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Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated.
Classical tragedy was the war between good and evil. We wanted evil to be defeated and good to be victorious. But the battle in modern tragedy is between good and good. And no matter which side wins, we'll still be heartbroken.
It 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.
A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.
We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son, James Crow Jr., esquire.
Hope is the last thing a person does before they are defeated.
There is no meeting of minds, no point of understanding with such terror. Just a choice: Defeat it or be defeated by it. And defeat it we must.
When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that's a term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.
The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by the tenderness of the best hearts.
If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.
I don't believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college.
When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously. Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.
I have defeated this earthworm with my words. Imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists.
We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
Who asks whether the enemy was defeated by strategy or valor?
The United States was seriously defeated in Iraq by Iraqi nationalism - mostly by nonviolent resistance. The United States could kill the insurgents, but they couldn't deal with half a million people demonstrating in the streets.
We may be personally defeated, but our principles never!
William Lloyd Garrison
Truth cannot be defeated.
Edwin Louis Cole
When the British came to Ibo land, for instance, at the beginning of the 20th century, and defeated the men in pitched battles in different places, and set up their administrations, the men surrendered. And it was the women who led the first revolt.
The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.
If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries' freedom will remain a distant dream.
I love fiction because in fiction you go into the thoughts of people, the little people, the people who were defeated, the poor, the women, the children that are never in history books.
There is no need to feel defeated at 40, 50 or 60. I'm having the greatest time in the second half of my life.
I cannot count the times I've been defeated, humiliated, or physically injured immediately after saying the words, 'Hey, how hard can it be?' But that never seems to stop me from saying them again.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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