C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The smile of God is victory.


I came, saw, and overcame.


There’s a lean fellow beats all conquerors.


Victory or Westminster Abbey.


How beautiful is victory, but how dear!


Victory belongs to the most persevering.

Napoleon I.

I love victory, but I love not triumph.

Madame Swetchine.

And either victory, or else a grave.


To whom God will, there be the victory!


Hail to the Chief who in triumph advances.


God on our side, doubt not of victory.


  • Thus far our fortune keeps upward course,
  • And we are grac’d with wreaths of victory.
  • Shakespeare.

    A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.


    We have met the enemy and they are ours.

    Oliver Hazard Perry.

    They see nothing wrong in the rule, that to the victors belong the spoils of the enemy.

    W. L. Marcy.

  • Then with the losers let it sympathize;
  • For nothing can seem foul to those that win.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Who overcomes
  • By force, hath overcome but half his foe.
  • Milton.

  • But if
  • We have such another victory, we are undone.
  • Attributed to Pyrrhus, by Bacon.

    Victory, with advantage, is rather robbed than purchased.

    Sir P. Sidney.

    In victory, the hero seeks the glory, not the prey.

    Sir P. Sidney.

    A victory won over self, is the only victory acceptable to God.

    Chas. Noel Douglas.

  • Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,
  • O’er a’ the ills o’ life victorious.
  • Burns.

    Victory follows me, and all things follow victory.


    Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.

    Wendell Phillips.

    It is more difficult to look upon victory than upon battle.

    Sir Walter Scott.

    It is the contest that delights us, and not the victory.


  • We conquered France, but felt our captive’s charms,
  • Her art victorious triumph’d o’er our arms.
  • Pope.

  • Now the time is come,
  • That France must veil her lofty-plumed crest,
  • And let her head fall into England’s lap.
  • Shakespeare.

    Pursue not a victory too far. He hath conquered well that hath made his enemy fly; thou mayest beat him to a desperate resistance, which may ruin thee.

    George Herbert.

    Victories that are cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.


    “But what good came of it at last?” quoth little Peterkin. “Why, that I cannot tell,” said he; “but ’twas a famous victory.”


  • There is a tear for all that die,
  • A mourner o’er the humblest grave;
  • But nations swell the funeral cry,
  • And Triumph weeps above the brave.
  • Byron.

  • Then should some cloud pass over
  • The brow of sire or lover,
  • Think ’tis the shade
  • By Victory made
  • Whose wings right o’er us hover!
  • Moore.

  • With dying hand, above his head,
  • He shook the fragment of his blade,
  • And shouted “Victory!—
  • Charge, Chester, charge! on, Stanley on!”
  • Were the last words of Marmion.
  • Scott.

  • Not one of all the purple host
  • Who took the flag to-day
  • Can tell the definition
  • So clear of victory.
  • As he, defeated, dying,
  • On whose forbidden ear
  • The distant strains of triumph
  • Streak agonized and clear.
  • Emily Dickinson.

  • Out spoke the victor then,
  • As he hail’d them o’er the wave,
  • Ye are brothers! ye are men!
  • And we conquer but to save;
  • So peace instead of death let us bring;
  • But yield, proud foe, thy fleet,
  • With the crews, at England’s feet,
  • And make submission meet
  • To our King.
  • Campbell.

  • “It was the English,” Kaspar cried,
  • “Who put the French to rout;
  • But what they kill’d each other for,
  • I could not well make out.
  • But every body said,” quoth he,
  • “That ’twas a famous victory.
  • They say it was a shocking sight
  • After the field was won;
  • For many thousand bodies here
  • Lay rotting in the sun:
  • But things like that, you know, must be
  • After a famous victory.”
  • Southey.

    He went down to the school with a glimmering of another lesson in his heart,—the lesson that he who has conquered his own coward spirit has conquered the whole outward world.

    Thomas Hughes.