Posted by P on October 28, 2001

In Reply to: Failure/Defeat posted by R. Berg on October 26, 2001

: : "Admitting failure is completely different from accepting defeat". What does this mean? Is this a play on words or real philosophical inspiration.

: It doesn't serve as a good example of either of those. Without knowing what the person who said it had in mind, I can imagine a meaning for it: "I made a mistake, but all is not lost."

Yes, I agree. I don't see any play on words. To examine the the phrase for philosophical inspiration how about considering if the 'opposite' of the phrase could be just as true? E.g. "Admitting failure is very similar to accepting defeat".