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Quotes of the Day for 5 May 2003 – Odds

A struggle against overwhelming odds took place at Puebla, Mexico on this day in 1862. A ragtag militia of 4,700 poorly equipped and inadequately trained Mexicans met a crack French force of 7,200 - and won. They lost the war, but they prevailed that day. Here are some quotes on facing long odds. And if you think about driving home after a few tequilas celebrating that famous battle, don't - I can't face the odds of losing a reader.

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The quotes:

To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again
     - David Viscott

I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds.
     - Louis Nizer

Courage is rarely reckless or foolish ... courage usually involves a highly realistic estimate of the odds that must be faced.
     - Margaret Truman

Life is a gamble at terrible odds; if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.
     - Tom Stoppard

Never let the odds keep you from pursuing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.
     - Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, 1906 - 1982

To every man upon this earth
  Death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better
  Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
  And the temples of his gods?
     - Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay, 1800 - 1859

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