The people who remained victorious were less like conquerors than conquered.
~~Saint Augustine (354–430) The City of God, book 3, chapter 19.—The Works of Aurelius Augustine, ed. Marcus Dods, vol. 1, pp. 119–20 (1871). De Civitate Dei was written 413–426.
No retreat. No retreat. They must conquer or die who’ve no retreat.
~~John Gay (1685–1732) “We’ve Cheated the Parson” (song), Polly: an Opera, air 46, act II, scene x, The Poetical Works of John Gay, ed. John Underhill, vol. 2, p. 336 (1893).
There’s an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan.
~~President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63) referring to the Bay of Pigs disaster, press conference, April 21, 1961.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 312.