Quotes About Gambling

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José Saramago
“You never know beforehand what people are capable of, you have to wait, give it time, it's time that rules, time is our gambling partner on the other side of the table and it holds all the cards of the deck in its hand, we have to guess the winning cards of life, our lives.”
José Saramago, Blindness

Tess Gerritsen
“Everything's a gamble, love most of all.”
Tess Gerritsen, The Sinner

Jennifer Crusie
“Where were all the women gamblers? It wasn't as if being a woman wasn't a huge risk all by itself. Twenty-eight percent of female homocide victims were killed by husbands or lovers.

Which, come to think of it, was probably why there weren't any women gamblers. Living with men was enough of a gamble.”
Jennifer Crusie, Bet Me

Alexander Pushkin
“Play interests me very much," said Hermann: "but I am not in the position to sacrifice the necessary in the hope of winning the superfluous.”
Alexander Pushkin

Leonard Mlodinow
“Another mistaken notion connected with the law of large numbers is the idea that an event is more or less likely to occur because it has or has not happened recently. The idea that the odds of an event with a fixed probability increase or decrease depending on recent occurrences of the event is called the gambler's fallacy. For example, if Kerrich landed, say, 44 heads in the first 100 tosses, the coin would not develop a bias towards the tails in order to catch up! That's what is at the root of such ideas as "her luck has run out" and "He is due." That does not happen. For what it's worth, a good streak doesn't jinx you, and a bad one, unfortunately , does not mean better luck is in store.”
Leonard Mlodinow, The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

Elizabeth Gilbert
“Maybe the difference between first marriage and second marriage is that the second time at least you know you are gambling.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Cara Bertoia
“It's hard to walk away from a winning streak, even harder to leave the table when you're on a losing one.”
Cara Bertoia, Cruise Quarters - a Novel About Casinos and Cruise Ships

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

أنيس منصور
“مقامرة يخسر الرجل فيها حريته .. والمرأة سعادتها : الزواج”
أنيس منصور, قالوا

Sheri Cobb South
“If your brother can't 'old 'is own against a bunch of orphans, 'e'd best leave off playing 'azard altogether!”
Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife

Harry Truman
“There is a lure in power. It can get into a man's blood just as gambling and lust for money have been known to do.”
Harry Truman

Ian Fleming
“Bond didn't defend the practice. He simply maintained that the more effort and ingenuity you put into gambling, the more you took out.”
Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

James Jones
“One way, he thought, the whole thing of ring fighting was hurting somebody else, deliberately, and particularly when it was not necessary. Two men who have nothing against each other get in a ring and try to hurt each other, to provide vicarious fear for people with less guts than themselves. And to cover it up they called it sports and gambled on it. He had never looked at that way before, and if there was any single thing he could not endure it was to be a dupe.”
James Jones, From Here to Eternity

Michael Connelly
“The Strip was still lit by a million neon lights, though the crowds on the sidewalk had greatly decreased by this hour. Still, Bosch was awed by the spectacle of light. In every imaginable color and configuration, it was a megawatt funnel of enticement to greed that burned twenty-four hours a day. Bosch felt the same attraction that all the other grinders felt tug at them. Las Vegas was like one of the hookers on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Even happily married men at least glanced their way, if only for a second, just to get an idea what was out there, maybe give them something to think about. Las Vegas was like that. There was a visceral attraction here. The bold promise of money and sex. But the first was a broken promise, a mirage, and the second was fraught with danger, expense, physical and mental risk. It was where the real gambling took place in this town.”
Michael Connelly, Trunk Music

Honoré de Balzac
“Yes, I can understand that a man might go to gambling table - when he sees that all that lies between himself and death is his last crown”
Honoré de Balzac, The Wild Ass's Skin

Dan Harrington
“All serious poker players try to minimize their tells, obviously. There are a couple ways to go about this. One is the robotic approch: where your face becomes a mask and your voice a monotone, at least while the hand is being played. . . . The other is the manic method, where you affect a whole bunch of tics, twitches, and expressions, and mix them up with a river of insane babble. The idea is to overwhelm your opponents with clues, so they can't sort out what's going on. This approach can be effective, but for normal people it's hard to pull off. (If you've spent part of your life in an institution, this method may come naturally.)”
Dan Harrington, Harrington on Hold 'em: Expert Strategy for No-Limit Tournaments, Volume I: Strategic Play

Sheri Cobb South
“Tell me, Theodore, were you playing against orphans, by any chance?”
Sheri Cobb South, The Weaver Takes a Wife

Toba Beta
“Gambling is an act of faith of gamblers.
Prophecy is an act of faith of the saints.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Ian Fleming
“The first thing he noticed was that Las Vegas seemed to have invented a new school of functional architecture, 'The Gilded Mousetrap School' he thought it might be called, whose main purpose was to channel the customer-mouse into the central gambling trap whether he wanted the cheese or not.”
Ian Fleming, Diamonds Are Forever

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

Chris Dietzel
“At least in a casino, depending on the game, people have a slightly less than fifty percent chance of winning. In the long run, the house always wins, but a gambler can get lucky every once in a while. In the Tyranny’s elections, both options play for the house. If someone outside of Party A or B tries to run for office, it becomes the house’s mission to make sure everyone knows that only A and B are viable candidates. After being told this a hundred times, people believe it. After being told anything a hundred times, people will believe anything.”
Chris Dietzel, The Theta Timeline

Greg  Curtis
“God does not play dice, bankers do.”
Greg Curtis

Pete Hautman
“Murphy's face went through several mutations as he spoke, as if small animals were scurrying about just beneath his skin.”
Pete Hautman, Short Money

William Kennedy
“Billy's native arrogance might well have been a gift of miffed genes, then come to splendid definition through the tests to which a street like Broadway puts a young man on the make: tests designed to refine a breed, enforce a code, exclude all simps and gumps, and deliver into the city's life a man worthy of functioning in this age of nocturnal supremacy. Men like Billy Phelan, forged in the brass of Broadway, send, in the time of their splendor, telegraphic statements of mission: I, you bums, am a winner. And that message, however devoid of Christ-like other-cheekery, dooms the faint-hearted Scottys of the night, who must sludge along, never knowing how it feels to spill over with the small change of sassiness, how it feels to leave the spillover on the floor, more where that came from, pal. Leave it for the sweeper.”
William Kennedy, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game

Colson Whitehead
“In the dank utility room deep in the subbasements of my personality, a little man wiped his hands on his overalls and pulled the switch: More.”
Colson Whitehead

“Bad bets sometimes pay off.”
Marty Rubin

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people will each start investing more of their salary on ‘their’ house and spending less of it on ‘their’ car or cars only when they start being able to take ‘their’ house to work, funerals, weddings, etc.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“The human mind has a tendency to observe unsystematic events and assign a pattern to the results. A habitual risk-taker reorganizes the stream of random events and retrospectively attributes the outcome of indiscriminate trials to their own gambling “strategies.” We often hear people say that they are lucky or unlucky, when in actuality they can claim no ownership in the occurrence of chaotic outcomes. A false sense of the existence of luck can cause people to discount the value of their actual effort, skill, and training.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Robert A. Heinlein
“I don't gamble, if you will concede that poker is a game of skill.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road

“Systems don't work. They don't work at the roulette table and they don't work in life.”
Marty Rubin

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