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success, who said this quote? my professor asked and no one knew...

"success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan"

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After the Bay of Pigs invasion JFK said
"...victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan...."

Press conference, April 21, 1961, in response to a question asked by journalist Sander Vanocour, Public Papers of the Presidents: 1961, pp. 316-317, question #17.

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Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan (La victoria trova cento padri, a nessuno vuole riconoscere l'insuccesso) (1942)~popularized by JFK but originated with Italian diplomat and son-in-law of Mussolini, Count Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944), The Ciano Diaries, 1939-1943, Vol. 2.
 
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Tacitus, «Agricola», 27:
It is the singularly unfair peculiarity of war that THE CREDIT OF SUCCESS IS CLAIMED BY ALL, WHILE A DISASTER IS ATTRIBUTED TO ONE ALONE.
 
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Here's the Latin, again, in case you're interested: inquissima haec bellorum condicio est: prospera omnes sibi indicant, aduersa uni imputantur.

The Italian version probably dates back to the Renaissance, when Tacitus experienced a revival of fortune. Before that his work was unpopular: so unpopular, in fact, that his greatest work, the Annales, survives in only two or three known manuscripts.

skaioisi men gar kaina prospheron sopha
doxeis achreios kou sophos pephukenai.
Euripides, Medea

 
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