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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

Life is more fun if you play games. ~Roald Dahl

You don't have to be a beer drinker to play darts, but it helps. ~Author unknown

Indeed, it is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man yet has said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious. ~A. A. Milne, "A Misjudged Game," Not That It Matters, 1920  [This essay was originally published sometime between 1910 and 1919. I've not yet tracked it down. —tg]

It may be that all games are silly. But then, so are humans. ~Robert Lynd

Whoever called snooker "chess with balls" was rude, but right. ~Clive James

Life's too short for chess. ~Henry James Byron, Our Boys, 1874

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. ~Henry Louis Mencken

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport. ~Charles Lamb

Games lubricate the body and the mind. ~Benjamin Franklin

With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
~William Cowper

'Tis all a chequer board of nights and days,
Where destiny with men for pieces plays;
Hither and thither, and mates, and slays.
~Edward Fitzgerald

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution. ~Stephen Sondheim

Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen. ~Author Unknown

Do I rue a life wasted doing crosswords? Yes, but I do know the three-letter-word for regret. ~Robert Brault,

Our whole life is solving puzzles. ~Erno Rubik

No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward. ~Amar Gopal Bose

“All the world's a game,
  And men and women merely Billiard-players.
  SHAKESPEARE (a little altered).”
~Captain Crawley (George Frederick Pardon, 1824–1884), The Billiard Book, 1866

As a game of mingled skill and chance, Billiards stands at the head of what may be called Indoor Athletics. Requiring far less mental exertion than Chess... it provides amusement for the mind, it also affords exercise for the body. ~Captain Crawley (George Frederick Pardon, 1824–1884), The Billiard Book, 1866

Whoever dreamed up Scrabble had an exaggerated idea of how many seven-letter words have five i's. ~Robert Brault,

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them. ~Joseph de Maistre

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. ~Indian Proverb

Video games ruined my life. (Good thing I have two more.) ~Author Unknown

I like video games, but they are very violent. I want to create a video game in which you have to help all the characters who have died in the other games. "Hey man, what are you playing?" "Super Busy Hospital, could you leave me alone? I'm performing surgery. This guy got shot in the head, like, 27 times." ~Demetri Martin

If I've learned anything from video games, it's what when you meet enemies it means you're going in the right direction. ~Author Unknown

When I play too many video games I begin to feel chubby-minded, caffeinated, bad. ~Tom Bissell

Things are falling into place like a well organised game of Tetris. ~Jay Mullings

I saw a news report recently that measured average video game use by American men between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five: twenty hours per week. Do you mean the flower of America's masculinity can't think of anything more important to do with twenty hours a week than sit in front of a video screen? Folks, this ain't normal. Can't we unplug already? ~Joel Salatin

An apocryphal story — the word "apocryphal" here means "obviously untrue" — tells of two people, long ago, who were very bored, and that instead of complaining about it they sat up all night and invented the game of chess so that everyone else in the world, on evenings when there is nothing to do, can also be bored by the perplexing and tedious game they invented. ~Lemony Snicket

Never play cat and mouse games if you're a mouse. ~Don Addis

Auto racing, bullfighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports… all others are games. ~Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in A. E. Hotchner, The Good Life According to Hemingway, 2008

The perfect family board game is one that can be played each time with fewer pieces. ~Robert Brault,

At my house, when a missing pawn shows up in the Scrabble tiles, it counts as an extra blank. ~Robert Brault,

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time. ~George Bernard Shaw

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