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Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan
This is attributed to Count Galeazzo Ciano but is unsourced. William Safire, Safire's Political Dictionary, p. 778 explores the issue, and can find no earlier use of the expression than Ciano's. -- 184.108.40.206 08:53, 11 October 2013 (UTC)
- A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.
- Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
- Count Galeazzo Ciano