“Sometimes you lose a battle. But mischief always wins the
war.” (Green, John Looking for Alaska)
The phrasing of this quote strikes me as very clever, with the part
before the whole. I think that in this book, the quote means that mischief does
not get you into very much trouble, so you can do it over and over again
without getting busted. Even if one prank does not turn out very well and you
get caught, you can learn from that mistake and continue to cause trouble. This
phrase gave me a strong sense of one of the main characters in the book.