An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I have to confess that I had gambled on my soul and lost it with heroic insouciance and lightness of touch. The soul is so impalpable, so often useless, and sometimes such a nuisance, that I felt no more emotion on losing it than if, on a stroll, I had mislaid my visiting card.

Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


The gambling known as business looks with severe disfavor on the business known as gambling.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice so pleasurable that I assume it must be evil.

Heywood Broun (1888-1939, American journalist, novelist)


I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now and then, but every turn of the card and cast of the dice keeps the gambler alive -- besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any thing else.

Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


No wife can endure a gambling husband; unless he is a steady winner.

Thomas Robert Dewar


The world is the house of the strong. I shall not know until the end what I have lost or won in this place, in this vast gambling den where I have spent more than sixty years, dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


I can't believe that God plays dice with the universe.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


Of all mechanics, of all servile handycrafts-men, a gamester is the vilest. But yet, as many of the quality are of the profession, he is admitted amongst the politest company.

John Gay (1688-1732, British playwright, poet)


The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Sir, I do not call a gamester a dishonest man; but I call him an unsociable man, an unprofitable man. Gaming is a mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If you play bridge badly you make your partner suffer, but if you play poker badly you make everybody happy.

Joe Laurie Jr.


I've been on such a losing streak that if I had been around I would have taken General Custer and given points.

Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


One of the worst things that can happen to you in life is to win a bet on a horse at an early age.

Danny McGoorty


He was a degenerate gambler. That is, a man who gambled simply to gamble and must lose. As a hero who goes to war must die. Show me a gambler and I'll show you a loser, show me a hero and I'll show you a corpse.

Mario Puzo (1920-, American novelist)


Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse.

American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


Smith and Wesson or a Colt always beat four aces.

American Proverb (Sayings of American origin)


The best throw of the dice is to throw them away.

English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.

French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing.

French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up. If it don't go up, don't buy it.

Will Rogers (1879-1935, American humorist, actor)


Never bet on baseball.

Pete Rose (1942-, American baseball player, manager)


I came to the conclusion long ago that all life is six to five against.

Damon Runyon (1884-1946, American writer, journalist)


One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to come up to you and show you a nice brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken, and this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the Jack of Spades jump out of the deck and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not bet this man, for as sure as you are standing there, you are going to end up with an earful of cider.

Damon Runyon (1884-1946, American writer, journalist)


The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that is the way to bet.

Damon Runyon (1884-1946, American writer, journalist)


You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.

John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Nothing is sacred to a gamester.

Bernard Joseph Saurin (1706-1781, French dramatist)


Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich, something for nothing.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.

Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


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.

Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


Rule: Never perform card tricks for the people you play poker with.

Author Unknown


To anticipate the market is to gamble. To be patient and react only when the market gives the signal is to speculate.
Jesse Livermore


The losses as well as the prizes must be drawn from the cheating lottery of life.

Author Unknown


Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

George Washington (1732-1799, American President (1st))


One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.

Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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