Gambling Quotes

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt

“A good gambler can get money out of a lamp post.
In poker, money is power.”
‘Titanic Thompson

“The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing.”
Nick the Greek

“Trust everyone but always cut the cards”
Benny Binion

“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.”  VP Pappy

“Son, we are sorry about the tuition funds…your mother and I did not know you are not supposed to split tens…”
Letters home from people visiting Reno.

“Good poker is patience; great poker is courage”
Rick Bennet, King of a Small World

“Poker is a microcosm of all we admire and disdain about capitalism and democracy. It can be rough-hewn or polished, warm or cold, charitable and elusive, but ultimately it is fair, right, and just.”
Lou Krieger

“For most men (till by losing rendered sager)
Will back their own opinions by a wager.”
George Gordon, Lord Byron, “Beppo”

“Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing from something.”  Wilson Mizner

“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.” Proverb

“The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.”  Kin Hubbard

“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

“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.” Heywood Broun

“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.” Chinese Proverb

“There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune:  go there with a large one.” Jack Yelton

“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 have stayed.” Mark Twain

“In most betting shops you will see three windows marked “Bet Here,” but only one window with the legend “Pay Out.” ” Jeffrey Bernard

“A gambler is nothing but a man who makes his living out of hope.” William Bolitho

“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.”  Author Unknown

“Man is a gaming animal.  He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.” Charles Lamb, Essays of Elia, 1823

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”
R.E. Shay

“The house doesn’t beat the player.  It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.” Nick Dandalos

“Dear Lord, help me to break even.  I need the money.”  Author Unknown

“A race track is a place where windows clean people.”  Danny Thomas

“You cannot beat a roulette table unless you steal money from it.” Albert Einstein

“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.” Mark Twain

“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.”
VP Pappy

“Luck never gives; it only lends.” Swedish Proverb

“By gaming we lose both our time and treasure – two things most precious to the life of man.”   Owen Felltham

“At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.” Chinese Proverb

“Lottery:  A tax on people who are bad at math.” Author Unknown

“You know horses are smarter than people.  You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people.”  Will Rogers

“No dog can go as fast as the money you bet on him.” Bud Flanagan

“Horse racing is animated roulette.” Roger Kahn

“I bet on a horse at ten-to-one.  It didn’t come in until half-past five.”
Henny Youngman

“One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds.”  Dan Bennett

“A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.”  Author Unknown

“The better the gambler, the worse the man.”  Publius Syrus

“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.”  Author Unknown

“Games of chance are traps to catch school boy novies and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage.”  Author Unknown

“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.”
W.C. Fields

“The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.”  Ambrose Bierce

“You talk of your cricket and your baseball, your golf and tennis and football. You can have them. They’re all very well – for boys. Is it a reasonable thing, I ask you, for a grown man to run about and hit a ball?

Poker’s the only game fit for a grown man. Then, your hand is against every man’s, and every man’s hand is against yours. Teamwork? Who ever made a fortune from teamwork? There’s only one way to make a fortune, and that’s to down the fellow who’s up against you”
Somerset Maugham, “Cosmoplolitans”

“Opposite the bankholder stood some of the smart speculators and specialists in gambling who, like old criminals, were no longer afraid of the galley, They came to play three stakes and disappeared immediately after having won their livelihood”
Honore de Balzac, La peau de chagrin

“A gambler’s ace is his ability to think clearly under stress. That’s very important, because, you see, fear is the basis of basis of all mankind. In cards, you psyche ’em out, you shark ’em, you put the fear of God in ’em. That’s life. Everything’s mental in life. The butt was made to lug the mind around. The most important thing in gamblin’ is knowing the sixty-forty end of the proposition and knowing the human element. Some folks may know one of ’em, but ain’t many know ’em both. I believe in logics. Cut and dried. Two and two ain’t nothing in the world but four. But them suckers always think it’s somethin’ different… I play percentages in everything. Now, knowing the percentages perfectly, the kind of numbers you read in books, is all right, but the hidden percentages are more important. The real thing to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willing to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that.”
Puggy Pearson, World Champion of 1973