Atticus explains to Scout that whether you win or loose, trying your best is the greatest thing you can do. When Atticus said "we were licked a hundred years before we started," he is trying to say that there was really no chance of them winning since the beginning. However, he explains that that does not mean he shouldn't put up a good fight. The more he fights, the harder and longer it takes for the other people to win. Also, who knows, Atticus still does have a chance of winning, even if the odds do not look good. In addition, even if he completely failed, if he tried his best he would look a lot better than just completly giving up.
Do you agree with the advice Atticus gives Scout, or would you just give up and not try your hardest? Do you think Scout will use this advice in the future or not really?