Where Did the Phrase “It’s Not Whether You Win or Lose, But How You Play the Game” Originate?

The noble expression about how you play the game is a Greek historian’s fifth-century B.C. reference to the Olympians.

He wrote, “Tis not for Money they contend, but for Glory”.

The phrase resurfaced in 1927 when the great sportswriter Grantland Rice wrote,

where did the phrase its not whether you win or lose but how you play the game originate

“For when the great scorer comes to write against your name, He marks not that you won or lost but how you played the game.”

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