It’s Not Whether You Win Or Lose…

For when the One Great Scorer comes
To mark against your name,
He writes — not that you won or lost —
But HOW you played the Game.

— Grantland Rice, from the poem “Alumnus Football”

Here is the more popular version which is also attributed to Rice:

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.”

Other Perspectives

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you place the blame.” — Anon.

“It’s not how you play the game, it’s whether you win or lose.” — Davy Jones, The Monkees

“Ok, so the refs blew it. But remember son: It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the blame game.” — Steve Moore, In the Bleachers

“Whoever said, ‘It’s not whether you win or lose that counts,’ probably lost.” — Martina Navratilova

“What matters isn’t how well you play when you’re playing well. What matters is how well you play when you’re playing badly.” — Martina Navratilova

“It’s not whether you win or lose… yeah right.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 20, 2002

“Win or lose, I’ll feel good about myself. That’s what is important.” — Mary Docter

“You know that old expression ‘It’s not whether you win or lose; it’s how you play the game’. That line was definitely not coined by a chef. Because for a chef, it’s only about whether or not you pull through. If you fail, nobody cares how hard you tried.:” — Marcus Samuelsson

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s whether you end up snagged on a hurdle like a doofus.” — Anon.

“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” — Lionel Messi

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” — Vince Lombardi

“Win or lose, do it fairly.” — Knute Rockne

“No matter if you win or lose, the most important thing in life is to enjoy what you have.” — Dong Dong

“It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.” — Darrin Weinberg

About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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9 Responses to It’s Not Whether You Win Or Lose…

  1. LadyStare says:

    Get a megaphone and a truck and yell, “I win”, fast and often, especially at little red convertibles. That’s the biggie.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. superwifeandmummy says:

    “…it’s what you do with your dancing shoes!” Grease fans??

    Liked by 1 person

  3. shivasiddula says:

    Win or lose get ready for the next show. That’s life.

    Like

  4. Beautifully written!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. brandonsblog99 says:

    Love all the quotes, they always motivate me and inspire me.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Who cares about winning or losing?👻👻

    Like

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