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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. Options
Daemon
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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880)
RoadRunner
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That man name is "Mr. Fool", she can find him anytime anywhere.
Nisar Akhtar
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Many battles have been won without fighting I e through courtesy.
Bully_rus
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Sorry, but they are mostly dead or dying if description is exact… The winner takes it all.
jose caceres carrasco
Posted: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 3:45:11 AM
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is that man brave or mad?
parvaneh_gh
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I think somtimes the man who's coward,although he's not sure about wining,fight.
marija15.4.2015.
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If it is for love...
NeuroticHellFem
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Daemon wrote:
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


Yeah Georgie girl, I like 'em beaten down too. Like I say when I'm on a date: this is going to hurt you more than it's going to hurt me. Drool
thar
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I would say the opposite. It is easy to fight if you know you are going to lose.
If there is a chance you will win, you can see other alternatives, and that can make you a coward.
striker
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not a good indicator for courage
mudbudda669
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I guess that's romantic
Bobby Angell
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Knowing you will lose a fight changes the playing field and forces one to reassess the situation. This analogy doesn't apply much to violent confrontation. If you are not fighting to win then you must fight to raise awareness, relay a message, or prove a point. Proponents for women's rights in America like Susan B. Anthony didn't live to see the realization of their dream, but where would we be now without them.
Omar Mariani
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He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day

A human being does not play or fight to lose.- Armies go to battle when they are sure of victory

It would be silly to fight if you know you are going to lose.- Whoever would?
Peter O'Connor - Dundalk
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I was that guy (read; idiot).
Mehrdad77
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Sometimes it's worse to win a fight than to lose.
Billie Holiday
Mehrdad77
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
Margaret Thatcher
Mehrdad77
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In fighting nature, man can win every battle except the last. If he should win that too, he will perish, like an embryo cutting its own umbilical cord.
Thor Heyerdahl
sandeep patra
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Very true true courage is tested at the time of challenge
Victor Alexandre Berto Pereira
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Applause
ChristopherJohnson
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Winning or losing do not matter. How one fights and how one faces deadly perils are the only things which really matter. Victory often depends upon chance.
Milica Boghunovich
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Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Gandhi, G.B. Shaw, Desmond Tutu, Albert Einstein, Mileva Einstein, Mother Theresa, etc. were some of the persons with real pluck who never officially won, but if more healthy intelligence embraces their progressive ways, their way will prevail. It is not the matter of losing or winning. It is the balance between the two.

It is Mary Ann Evans who lived in the male dominated world.... but she could have had the pluck to say, "give me the man/woman who has pluck to fight when he's/she's sure of losing."
vickey palzor lepcha
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Such quotes can be referred to situations back then - circumstances in life change positions and quotes
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The context from : Scenes Of Clerical Life - Janet's repentance

Before that time, the Bishop's carriage had been seen driving through the
High Street on its way to Lord Trufford's, where he was to dine. The
question of the lecture was decided, then?

The nature of the decision may be gathered from the following
conversation which took place in the bar of the Red Lion that evening.

'So you're done, eh, Dempster?' was Mr. Pilgrim's observation, uttered
with some gusto. He was not glad Mr. Tryan had gained his point, but he
was not sorry Dempster was disappointed.

'Done, sir? Not at all. It is what I anticipated. I knew we had nothing
else to expect in these days, when the Church is infested by a set of men
who are only fit to give out hymns from an empty cask, to tunes set by a
journeyman cobbler. But I was not the less to exert myself in the cause
of sound Churchmanship for the good of the town. Any coward can fight a
battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to
fight when he's sure of losing.
That's my way, sir; and there are many
victories worse than a defeat, as Mr. Tryan shall learn to his cost.'
'He must be a poor shuperannyated sort of a bishop, that's my opinion,'
said Mr. Tomlinson, 'to go along with a sneaking Methodist like Tryan.
And, for my part, I think we should be as well wi'out bishops, if they're
no wiser than that. Where's the use o' havin' thousands a-year an' livin'
in a pallis, if they don't stick to the Church?'

(Janet's Repentance is the only story in Scenes of Clerical Life set in the town of Milby itself. Following the appointment of Reverend Mr Tryan to the chapel of ease at Paddiford Common, Milby is deeply divided by religious strife. One party, headed by the lawyer Robert Dempster, vigorously supports the old curate, Mr Crewe; the other is equally biased in favour of the newcomer. Edgar Tryan is an evangelical, and his opponents consider him to be no better than a dissenter. Opposition is based variously in doctrinal disagreement and on a suspicion of cant and hypocrisy on the part of Mr Tryan; in Dempster's wife, Janet, however, it stems from an affection for Mr Crewe and his wife, and the feeling that it is unkind to subject them to so much stress in their declining years. She supports her husband in a malicious campaign against Mr Tryan, despite the fact that Dempster is frequently drunkenly abusive to her, which drives her to drink in turn. One night her husband turns her out of the house; she takes refuge with a neighbour, and, remembering an encounter with Mr Tryan at the sickbed of one of his flock, where she was struck by an air of suffering and compassion about him, asks he might come to see her. He encourages her in her struggle against her dependence on alcohol and her religious conversion. Shortly afterwards Robert Dempster is thrown from his gig and seriously injured. Upon discovering what has happened, Janet, forgiving him, returns to her home and nurses him through the subsequent illness until he dies a few weeks later. Tryan continues to guide Janet toward redemption and self-sufficiency following the death of her husband. She, in turn, persuades him to move out of his inhospitable accommodation and into a house that she has inherited. It is hinted that a romantic relationship might subsequently develop between the two. His selfless devotion to his needy parishioners has taken his toll on his health, however, and he succumbs to consumption and dies young.)

Read the book : http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17780/17780.txt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scenes_of_Clerical_Life#.22Janet.27s_Repentance.22

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Daemon wrote:
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880)


For the first part, impossible: No real coward can ever be sure of winning in any battle.

For the second part, I give you the typical fool, including the desperado; that only leaves the few with pluck to fight a losing battle because they see no other option.
Fredric Frank Myers
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I most earnestly agree....
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No odds alone are worth fighting for.
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