->''We're not retreating, we're advancing! Towards future victory.''
-->-- '''Sarge''', ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''

-> Initiate... a tactical withdrawal!
-->-- '''Morale Break for a Space Marine Squad''', ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar''

-> There is no glory in pointless defeat!
-->-- '''Line said when Space Marines are ordered to retreat''', ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2''

->Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction.
-->-- '''Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, during the retreat from the Chinese trap at the Chosin Reservoir in the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar, December 1950'''

-> ''We're not retreating, we're advancing in reverse''
-->-- '''China Sorrows''', ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant''

->"Orkses is never defeated in battle. If we win we win, if we die we die fighting so it don't count. If we runs for it we don't die neither, cos we can come back for annuver go, see!"
-->--Recurring Ork catchphrase, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.

->'''Pompey:''' We must make... a tactical retreat to the south -- a ''tactical'' retreat, mind you.
->'''Cato:''' Leave the city! Juno's cunt, have you gone mad?!
->'''Pompey:''' You cannot speak to me in that tone.
->'''Cicero:''' My friends let us cleave to the matter at hand. Is there no... alternative to retreat, then?
->'''Pompey:''' None. We shall withdrawal to Corfinium, and rally my legions there. Once they are gathered and in good order we will simply retake the city. Caesar has no hope of reinforcement until spring. The towns of Italy will close their gates to him. We will have, an ''unassailable advantage'' in men and resources.
->'''Cato:''' [[SarcasmMode So, in fact, this is not a humiliating defeat at all, but a rare species of victory.]]
->'''Pompey:''' Calm yourself, Cato. You lack understanding of things military, else you would see that my actions have been perfectly correct at all times.
->'''Cato:''' You have lost Rome without unsheathing your sword! You have ''lost Rome!''
-->-- ''Series/{{Rome}}'', "An Owl in a Thornbush"

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