BETS AND GAMBLING
QUOTES AND APHORISMS
Life is nothing but a bet that in
the end everyone is doomed to lose. So you'd better get used!
Carl William Brown
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the
better in something or other.
more or less like betting or gambling, but only without the pleasure show of
Carl William Brown
It is generally agreed that casinos should, in the
public interest, be inaccessible and expensive. And perhaps the same is true
of stock exchanges.
John Maynard Keynes
Trading is more or less like betting or gambling, but only without the
pleasure show of the game.
Carl William Brown
Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.
From the movie The Color of Money
If you ain't just a little scared when you enter a casino, you are either
very rich or you haven't studied the games enough.
For most men (till by losing rendered sager) Will back their own opinions by
George Gordon, Lord Byron, "Beppo"
Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.
The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man's natural play
instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future.
Franz Rosenthal, Gambling in Islam, 1975
The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's
the way to bet. ~Damon Runyon, "More Than Somewhat," in reference to
Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not
to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise,
nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but
time and chance happeneth to them all."
In a bet there is a fool and a thief.
The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in
Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave
the common-sensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true
but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is
satisfied by marriage.
The typical gambler might not really understand the probabilistic nuances of
the wheel or the dice, but such things seem a bit more tractable than, say,
trying to raise a child in this lunatic society of ours.
Arthur S. Reber, The New Gambler's Bible
No wife can endure a gambling husband, unless he is a steady winner.
Thomas Robert Dewar
The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that
I assume it must be evil.
If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the
game, the stakes, and the quitting time.
There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go
there with a large one.
Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible
sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar I would
In most betting shops you will see three windows marked "Bet Here," but only
one window with the legend "Pay Out."
A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope.
I met with an accident on the way to the track; I arrived safely.
Joe E. Lewis
In the case of an earthquake hitting Las Vegas, be sure to go straight to
the Keno Lounge. Nothing ever gets hit there.
Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in
something or other.
Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, 1823
If you don't like trading, gambling and betting, then you don't like living.
Carl William Brown
Depend on the rabbit's foot if you will, but remember it didn't work for the
The house doesn't beat the player. It just gives him the opportunity to beat
Dear Lord, help me to break even. I need the money.
A race track is a place where windows clean people.
You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.
A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to us than the 99 which
we had to work for, and the money won at Faro or in the stock market
snuggles into our hearts in the same way.
Casinos and prostitutes have the same thing in common; they are both trying
to screw you out of your money and send you home with a smile on you face.
Luck never gives; it only lends.
By gaming we lose both our time and treasure - two things most precious to
the life of man.
At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.
Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going
broke betting on people.
No dog can go as fast as the money you bet on him.
Horse racing is animated roulette.
I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn't come in until half-past five.
One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden
A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at
the same time.
The better the gambler, the worse the man.
A number of moralists condemn lotteries and refuse to see anything noble in
the passion of the ordinary gambler. They judge gambling as some atheists
judge religion, by its excesses. Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, 1832
There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
Games of chance are traps to catch school boy novies
and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage.
Betting is the manure to which the enormous crop of horse-races and
racehorse breeding in this and other countries is to a large extent due.
Richard Blackmore, The Jockey Club and its Founders, 1891
Horse sense is a good judgment which keeps horses from betting on people.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business
known as gambling.
A bookie is just a pickpocket who lets you use your own hands.
A racetrack is a place where windows clean people.
After one of them has won the Kentucky Derby, any breeding expert can sit
down and show you just why he won - from his pedigree. The only trouble is,
the expert can't do it before the race.
Any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it from
Fortunately my wife is understanding. When I come home from the races she
never asks any questions, if I tell her I just ate a $380 hot dog.
Horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on what people will do.
I am not one of the people who believe that the main reason why a chap
becomes a bookmaker is because he is too scared to steal and too heavy to
become a jockey.
I understand it is 13-8 against Egon Ronay publishing a Good Betting Shop
Food Guide by 1997.
I wouldn't bet on a horse unless he came up to my house and told me to
Eubie Blake (1975)
If in the paddock the owner is surrounded by a herd of young children, don't
back his horse. But if the owner is accompanied by a beautiful lady, plunge
to the hilt.
In betting on races, there are two elements that are never lacking - hope as
hope, and an incomplete recollection of the past.
Edward V. Lucas (1951)
In most betting shops you will see three windows marked 'Bet Here', but only
one window with the legend 'Pay Out"
It's one thing to ask your bank manager for an overdraft to buy 500 begonias
for the borders in Haslemere, but quite another to seek financial succour to
avail oneself of the 5-2 they're offering on lie de Bourbon for the St Leger.
Jeffrey Bernard (1978)
Losers walking around with money in their pockets are always dangerous, not
to be trusted. Some horse always reaches out and grabs them.
No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse.
Remember, Lady Godiva put all she had on a horse and she lost her shirt!
W. C. Fields
The horse I bet on Came in so late, that it had to tiptoe into the barn not
to wake the other horses.
The horse I bet on Had.four legs and flies - unfortunately it was a dead
The only exercise I get is walking to the betting office.
Peter O'Sullevan Daily Telegraph (1994)
The reason Con loses at the races, while he always wins at cards, is that he
can't shuffle the horses!
The Jockey Who Laughs
They head the list of bad to bet on: But I insist they're worse to get on