Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else

“Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else…”.

What does this quote mean? I think it has the meaning like this: “Nobody remembers the guy who gave up”. Is it accurate?


Yes, you understand it correctly. The meaning is idiomatic: “People remember only those who never gives up. If you give up, you will be forgotten. Even if you have no chances of winning, don’t give up, and you will be at least remembered”.

It’s an inspirational kind of quote, akin to “If you’re going through hell, keep going” (by Churchill), or “When you are in the public eye, it’s even beautiful to die” (на миру и смерть красна, а Russian proverb). You will have the benefit of being remembered, and this thought should help you in your struggle.

The first sentence is what is called a “rhetorical question“. The author doesn’t really demand that you react: “no, I don’t remember the guy. Who is he?” The interrogative sentence is used to make a point. Your reply is assumed to be “no”, and then the author makes a comment to this assumed reply: “Neither does anyone else”.

Is it accurate grammatically? Yes, but there’s one minor cavil:

Remember that guy that gave up?

We usually use the relative pronoun who when speaking of people:

Remember that guy who gave up?

But this is not a rule set in stone.

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