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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1872
AUTHOR: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917–63)
QUOTATION: There’s an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan.
ATTRIBUTION: President JOHN F. KENNEDY, referring to the Bay of Pigs disaster, press conference, April 21, 1961.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1961, p. 312.