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.”
“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