43 Life-Changing Quotes For When You Are Feeling Defeated

Feeling Defeated Quotes

“Life is like a boxing match, defeat is declared not when you fall, but when you refuse to stand again.” – Kristen Ashley

We all have experienced the feeling of being discouraged and down. There is a common thread to the story about the hero who was defeated, ready for defeat and ready give up. It’s natural, we’re all human beings.

The Old French desfait is the root of the word defeat, which means to undo or to reduce to almost nothing. When we feel like we’ve lost something, our energy is drained, and it is this lack of eagerness that we feel when we say we are defeated. But just because we feel defeated, it doesn’t mean that we are. Our energy naturally ebbs and flows, and while your brain might tell you that you want to quit one day, it’s likely to turn around after a good night sleep and say something completely different.

Side note: You may need to seek out help if your depression and feelings of defeat are getting worse. Here’s a list of crisis helplines by country if you’re having suicidal thoughts.

What does it mean for you to feel defeated

FeelingYou have lost something, and that means you are first and foremost up against something. This could be a goal or a relationship.

To be defeated means that you have a sense that you’re down and out. Even though the task ahead might seem daunting, it is not impossible. But the feeling is not the reality. Just because you experience an emotion it doesn’t make it a reality. ForFor example, when our bodies are sick, we can become impatient, negative, and narrow-minded. When you’re tired, the same thing happens. Your mind creates images of someone you have lost.

For that reason, it’s important to stay motivated. To read positive quotes and be inspired by people who have overcome the same challenges that you’re going through.

These quotes and sayings can help you see the world from a new perspective and will hopefully inspire you.

QuotesFeeling defeated in your life

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The world isn’t sunshine and rainbows. It’ll beat you down if you let it, and nothing hits harder than life.” – Rocky Balboa

“I accept this defeat with humility and courage, and I welcome the next challenge with open arms.” – Anonymous

“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.” – Muhammad Ali

Although Muhammad Ali was widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers ever, he still suffered many losses. He didn’t consider any loss as his final. Ali waited until he recovered his strength before tackling his challenges, even after losing to Leon Spinks. This was even after he lost his boxing license because he opposed the Vietnam War.

“Perhaps someday I’ll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow.” – Sylvia Plath

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.” – Ronald Reagan

“Setbacks in life are opportunities to perform at a new level.” – Willian Cranch Bond

“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” – Rainer Mike Rilke

“Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“In the end, everything will be okay. If it’s not okay, it’s not yet the end.” – Fernando Sabino

How do I get over a defeat?

It takes patience, focus and time to overcome a loss. These are five ways to overcome a setback.

Define the enemy. WhenIf we claim that we feel defeated, it is presuming that something has defeated us. If we don’t even know what that thing is, it means that we don’t have clarity over our emotions. You can sit down and reflect on the reasons you feel this way. Have you been rejected for a job? Are you trying to work on a project but you can’t muster the energy? Is it your lack of energy?

Definition of success and failureNow that you are convinced you are defeated, it is time to define success or failure. Consider the example of feeling defeated at work. What does success at work look like to you? What does failure mean? How can you try and win when you don’t even know what it is that you are losing?

Reframe Your Situation. When we feel like giving up, like we’ve lost and no longer have the energy to continue, it’s important to take a step back and get some new perspective. Instead of saying, I’ve lost. Speak instead of saying “I feel defeated” today. Tomorrow is another chance to get on the horse.

Draw a picture of success. YouYou can’t move forward without knowing where you want to go. Once you’ve defined what success looks like, paint a clear image of the scenario in your mind. Positive visualization is another name for this. Your mind is attracted to what it knows, play a successful scenario in your head over and over, like a musician rehearsing a performance, and you’ll start to unconsciously gravitate towards optimism.

Inspirational quotes about feeling defeated

“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.” – Marcus Garvey

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.” – Zig Ziglar

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” – Nelson Mandela

“True defeat only happens if you stop. If you never stop, you’re never truly defeated.” – Anonymous

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” – William Samuel Johnson

“Defeat your fears and you can never be defeated.” – Jeffrey Fry

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” – Marilyn vos Savant

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man, true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

“See any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn’t work. Dare to let go and you won’t lose a thing except for a punishing idea.” – Guy Finley

“The defeat in your head is not the same as the defeat in your heart. If your head tells you to stop, try listening to your heart.” – Anonymous

“The gospel is for the defeated, not the dominant.” – Tullian Tchividjian

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

How do I stop myself letting myself down?

WhenIf a strong emotion grabs us, it can cause habit patterns in our minds. For example, negative emotions can create the habit of feeling like you’re not good enough. Unfortunately, there’s only one way to overcome the habit of discouraging yourself; do the opposite. YouYou must be positive and encourage yourself constantly.

QuotesWhen you feel like giving in and quitting

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” – Steve Jobs

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” – Og Mandino

“Tough times never last. Tough people do.” – Robert Schuller

“Pain is temporary. It can last for a few minutes, an hour, a day or a whole year. But eventually, it will pass and be replaced by something else. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hahn

“When you feel too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful, and too determined to be defeated, you are undeniably on the way to success.” – Dr Prem Jagyasi

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” Ernest Hemingway

“Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.” – Richard M. Nixon

“YouYou are not a victim. No matter what you have been through, you’re still here. YouYou might have been hurt or betrayed, beaten and discouraged. But nothing has stopped you. YouYou are still here! YouThey have been delayed, but not denied. YouYou are not a victim. You have a history of victory.” – Steve Maraboli

When YouDo You Feel Like Giving Up?

Bible verses on feeling defeated

The theme of victory, battle and defeat is a constant theme throughout the Bible. These words have been used by many people throughout history, so it doesn’t matter if you are Christian or Jewish or agnostic.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crush; perplexed, but not driven to despair, persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” – Corinthians 4:8

“For we live by faith, not by sight.” – Corinthians 5:7

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” – Thessalonians 2:11-12

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” – Lamentations 3:22

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” – Corinthians 16:13

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” – Psalm 34:19

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31

“Do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.” – Hebrews 10:35-56

“Taste and see that the Lord is god; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” – Psalm 34:8

When YouIt’s hard to quit.

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