Walt Whitman quote about spirit from Song of Myself - battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
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battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.
 Walt Whitman, Song of Myself (1855). copy citation

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Author Walt Whitman
Source Song of Myself
Topic spirit winning fighting
Date 1855
Language English
Reference in "Leaves of Grass"
Note
Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass/Book_III

Context

“=== 18 === With music strong I come, with my cornets and my drums, I play not marches for accepted victors only, I play marches for conquer'd and slain persons. Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won. I beat and pound for the dead, I blow through my embouchures my loudest and gayest for them. Vivas to those who have fail'd! And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea! And to those themselves who sank in the sea!” source

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