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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

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

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

A pack of cards is the devil's prayer-book. ~German Proverb

Gaming is the son of avarice and the father of despair. ~French proverb

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. ~Hugh E. Keough

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

A permanent and intense interest is acquirable in baccarat, or in any other game, but you have to buy it. You don't get it by standing around and looking on.... Constantly money and chips are flung upon the table, and the game seems to consist in the croupier's reaching for these things with a flexible sculling oar, and raking them home. It appeared to be a rational enough game for him, and if I could have borrowed his oar I would have stayed... ~Mark Twain, "Aix, the Paradise of the Rheumatics"

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

In life's poker game, the optimist sees the pessimist's night and raises him the sunrise. ~Robert Brault,

FLUSH  Five cards in one suit being choked to death by ten fingers clasped in an attitude of prayer. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

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

The man who makes wagers may show good judgment, but better judgment is usually shown by the man who doesn't bet. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

If you would read a mans Disposition, see him Game, you will then learn more of him in one hour, than in seven Years Conversation... ~Richard Lingard, A Letter of Advice To A Young Gentleman Leaving the University, Concerning his Behaviour and Conversation in the World, 1670

The house doesn't beat the player.  It just gives him the opportunity to beat himself.  ~Nick Dandalos

In Vegas, I got into a long argument with the man at the roulette wheel over what I considered to be an odd number. ~Steven Wright

Sporting News will embrace everything except Heavyweight Boxing Championship battles. They will be found in the Financial Section. ~Will Rogers, 1923

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

A dollar picked up in the road is more satisfaction to you than the ninety and nine which you had to work for, and money won at faro or in stocks snuggles into your heart in the same way. ~Mark Twain (at Bayreuth)

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

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.  ~Publilius 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

The secret affinity between gambling and the desert: the intensity of gambling reinforced by the presence of the desert all around the town. The air-conditioned freshness of the gaming rooms, as against the radiant heat outside. The challenge of all the artificial lights to the violence of the sun's rays. Night of gambling sunlit on all sides; the glittering darkness of these rooms in the middle of the desert. Gambling itself is a desert form, inhuman, uncultured, initiatory, a challenge to the natural economy of value, a crazed activity on the fringes of exchange. But it too has a strict limit and stops abruptly; its boundaries are exact, its passion knows no confusion. Neither the desert nor gambling are open areas; their spaces are finite and concentric, increasing in intensity toward the interior, toward a central point, be it the spirit of gambling or the heart of the desert — a privileged, immemorial space, where things lose their shadow, where money loses its value, and where the extreme rarity of traces of what signals to us there leads men to seek the instantaneity of wealth. ~Jean Baudrillard

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

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