Gambling Proverbs

Sayings about Gambling

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

Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse. ~ American Proverbs

There is no lock on the purse of a gambler. ~ French Proverb

In a bet there is a fool and a thief. ~ Traditional Proverb

Gamblers do not contribute to the public welfare. ~ Hebrew Proverb

I have denounced everything but wine. I have foresworn everything but gambling. ~ Persian Proverb

Reform a gambler. Cure leprosy. ~ Chinese Proverb

Young gamblers, old beggars. ~ German Proverb

Nine gamblers could not feed a single rooster. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

One hundred alcoholics are better than one gambler. ~ Tunisian Proverbs

He who can persuade someone not to gamble has earned money for him. ~ Chinese Proverb

Rich gamblers and old trumpeters are rare. ~ German Proverbs

There is no better gambling than not to gamble. ~ German Proverb

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

Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair. ~ French Proverb

A spoiled son becomes a gambler, while a spoiled daughter becomes a harlot. ~ Indian Proverb

A pack of cards is the devil’s prayer-book. ~ German Proverbs

Life is like a game in which God shuffles the cards, the devil deals them and we have to play the trumps. ~ Yugoslavian Proverb

The shovel insults the poker. ~ Russian Proverbs

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

Lucky at cards, unlucky in love. ~ Traditional Proverb

With someone holding nothing but trumps it is impossible to play cards. ~ Traditional Proverb

Luck never gives; it only lends. ~ Swedish Proverbs

The best throw of the dice is to throw them away. ~ English Proverbs

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

Quotations about Gambling

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

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

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

You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor. ~ John Ruskin
Poker is good for you. It enriches the soul, sharpens the intellect, heals the spirit, and – when played well, nourishes the wallet. ~ Lou Krieger

Poker’s a day to learn and a lifetime to master. ~ Robert Williamson III

Old card players never die, they just shuffle away. ~ Author Unknown

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

Poker may be a branch of psychological warfare, an art form or indeed a way of life – but it is also merely a game, in which money is simply the means of keeping score.~ Anthony Holden

The world is a gambling table so arranged that all who enter the casino must play and all must lose more or less heavily in the long run, though they win occasionally by the way. ~ Samuel Butler

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

The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing did cards, worse even than figuring your odds correctly, is becoming emotionally involved.~ Katy Lederer

The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.~ William J. Florence

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; it happens at the poker table all the time. ~ David Shoup

Most of the money you’ll win at poker comes not from the brilliance of your own play, but from the ineptitude of your opponents. ~ Lou Krieger

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

Poker reveals to the frank observer something else of import—it will teach him about his own nature. Many bad players do not improve because the cannot bear self-knowledge.~ David Mamet

The game [of poker] exemplifies the worst aspects of capitalism that have made our country so great. ~ Walter Matthau

In a game of poker, I can put the players’ souls in my pocket. ~ Beausourire

The guy who invented poker was bright, but the guy who invented the chip was a genius. ~ Author Unknown

I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling. I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle. ~ Mitch Hedberg

When we play, we must realize, before anything else, that we are out to make money.~ David Sklansky

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

Casino gambling is colorful and dramatic and theatrical. ~ Steve Wynn

I like to play poker with politicians. They are easy to beat. Sometimes in poker is smarter to lose with a winning hand so that you could win later with a losing hand. Politicians can not accept that. ~ Robert Redford

Poker is… a fascinating, wonderful, intricate adventure on the high seas of human nature. ~ David A. Daniel

A weekend in Vegas without gambling and drinking is just like being a born-again Christian. ~ Artie Lange

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

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

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

Whenever you see a gaming table be sure to know fortune is not there. Rather she is always in the company of industry. ~ Oliver Goldsmith

No presidential candidate should visit Las Vegas without condemning organized gambling. ~ Ralph Nader

Your best chance to get a Royal Flush in a casino is in the bathroom. ~ V.P. Pappy

There isn’t any luck that enters into anything, unless it’s poker or shooting dice, maybe. ~ Fred W. Fitch

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

The attraction in this city is money, from gambling. What you are if you work here is a shill. ~ Joe Williams

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

Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one. ~ Pope John XXIII

Show me a gambler and I’ll show you a loser. ~ Mario Puzo

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other. ~ Charles Lamb

There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away. ~ Paul Chatfield

But I used to have a bit of a gambling problem. And that would have been the answer to my prayers. It got worse when I started playing this character, too. ~ Fisher Stevens

My luck at the gambling table was varied; sometimes I was fifty to a hundred dollars ahead, and at other times I had to borrow money from my fellow workmen to settle my room rent and pay for my meals. ~ James Weldon Johnson

Without gambling, I would not exist. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

The President must stop gambling with taxpayers’ money and get the country back on the path of fiscal sanity. ~ Tom Harkin

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

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

The only gambling tip which amounts to anything is to keep out of the game. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

No wife can endure a gambling husband; unless he is a steady winner. ~ Thomas Robert Dewar

Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady’s window. ~ Honore De Balzac

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. ~ Gloria Steinem

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

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

Life is a gamble at terrible odds, if it were a bet, you would not take it. ~ Tom Stoppard

Uncertainty doesn’t make life worth living, quite, but it does make striving and gambling worth attempting. ~ Walter Kirn

I can’t believe that God plays dice with the universe. ~ Albert Einstein

It is lost at dice, what ancient honor won. ~ William Shakespeare

No horse can go as fast as the money you put on it. ~ Earl Wilson

If you eliminate smoking and gambling, you will be amazed to find that almost all an Englishman’s pleasures can be, and mostly are, shared by his dog. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Gambling is legal and betting is legal, for what I bet. ~ Michael Jordan

Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. ~ Simone de Beauvoir

There are many harsh lessons to be learned from the gambling experience, but the harshest one of all is the difference between having Fun and being Smart.~ Hunter S. Thompson

Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized. ~ Dean Inge

The gambler is a moral suicide. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something. ~ Wilson Mizner

Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich, something for nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Traveling is like gambling: it is always connected with winning and losing, and generally where it is least expected we receive, more or less than what we hoped for. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

Oh, it’s not really gambling when you never lose. ~ Jennifer Aniston

Horse racing is animated roulette. ~ Roger Kahn

Horse sense is a good judgment which keeps horses from betting on people. ~ W.C. Fields

Gamblers play just as lovers make love and drunkards drink– blindly and of necessity, under domination of an irresistible force. ~ Jacques Anatole I. France

In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today’s winners are tomorrow’s blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.~ Hunter S. Thompson

Gambling is part of the human condition. I love it. I have the best time gambling. I’ve been winning fortunes, and I’ve been losing them. ~ Jerry Lewis

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

That’s free enterprise, friends: freedom to gamble, freedom to lose. And the great thing — the truly democratic thing about it — is that you don’t even have to be a player to lose. ~ Barbara Ehrenreich

I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining. ~ Michael Jordan

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

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

A gambler plays even when the odds are immutable and against him. ~ Lou Krieger

I will never be in the stock market. It’s just gambling. I’m a gambler, but I’ll gamble on the practicality of things. ~ Jeremy Renner

The better the gambler, the worse the man. ~ Publius Syrus

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

There are three roads to ruin; women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling, but the surest is with technicians. ~ Georges Pompidou

Gambling can turn into a dangerous two-way street when you least expect it. Weird things happen suddenly, and your life can go all to pieces. ~ Hunter S. Thompson

The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet. ~ Hugh E. Keough

It [gaming] is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief. ~ George Washington

Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. ~ Jeanette Winterson

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

There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

The gambler is more wicked as he is a greater proficient in his art. ~ Syrus

I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don’t know. ~ Michael Jordan

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

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