Bluffing Quotes

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J.D. Salinger
“It's funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they'll do practically anything you want them to.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Jack London
“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
Jack London

Jim Butcher
“Rule number one of the wizarding business. Never let them see you sweat. People expect us to know things. It can be a big advantage. Don’t screw it up by looking like you’re as confused as everyone else. Bad for the image.”
Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty

Ambrose Bierce
“The hardest tumble a man can take is to fall over his own bluff.”
Ambrose Bierce

Mark Twain
“It is sound judgment to put on a bold face and play your hand for a hundred times what it is worth; forty-nine times out of fifty nobody dares to call it, and you roll in the chips.”
Mark Twain

N.D. Wilson
“Rule 1 for Mortals: Love the Lord your God (with every bit of you).
Rule 2 for Mortals: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Tip 1 for Mortals: Ask God to call your bluffs.”
N.D. Wilson, Death by Living: Life Is Meant to Be Spent

Toba Beta
“You don't need to be so fierce and bluffing..
if you already know that I can't be intimidated.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Kresley Cole
“You think I should use magick like mine to open a tomb?" Mari asked in a scoffing tone. Mistress of bluffing, working it here. "That'd be like calling you in to lift a feather.”
Kresley Cole, Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

Bill Willingham
“Those who can really do what they promise don't first pause to promise what they can do.”
Bill Willingham, Fables, Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland

Henri Charrière
“He agreed that I should buy another dictionary or, better yet, a phrase book with standard Spanish expressions. He also suggested that it would be a good idea if I learned to stammer, because people would get bored listening to me and would finish the sentence for me; this way my accent wouldn't be noticed.”
Henri Charrière, Papillon

Tim Harford
“What, then, should you do? With an excellent hand, you should bet: You lose nothing if your opponent folds, while giving yourself a good chance of winning a big pot if he calls. But with a middling hand, you shouldn't bet: If he has a bad hand, he'll fold, and you'll win the ante, which is what you'd have won anyway by checking; but if he has a good hand, he'll call and win. It's heads he wins, tails you don't. You should check instead, and hope your middling hand wins the ante.

What about with a terrible hand? Should you check or bet? The answer is surprising. Checking would be unwise, because the hands will be compared and you will lose. It actually makes more sense to bet with these bad hands, because the only way he might drop out is if you make a bet. Perversely, you are better off betting with awful cards than with mediocre ones, the quintessential (and rational) bluff.

There's a second reason for you to bet with terrible cards rather than middling ones: Your opponent will have to call a little more often. Because he knows that your bets are sometimes very weak, he can't afford to fold too easily. That means that when you bet with a good hand, you are more likely to be called, and to win when you are. Because you are bluffing with bad cards, your good hands make more money.”
Tim Harford, The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World

A.J. Mendez Brooks
“If you pretend that you know what you are doing, a large group of people will blindly follow you”
A.J. Mendez Brooks, Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules

Michael Dobbs
“Since he was much weaker than his enemy, he could afford to display no weakness at all.”
Michael Dobbs

Stewart Stafford
“The moment you think you can get in the ring with the heavyweight champion of the world and bluff your way through the fight is about the same time you see your bloody teeth on the canvas and wonder how they got there. Remember the five P's - 'Prior preparation prevents poor performance!”
Stewart Stafford

The competent bluffer should always refer to the performers who play The Simpsons as 'the voice talent' never 'actors'.
For extra effect, drop their first names... This implies some tacit familiarity and your bluffee will simply melt before your eyes like the witch in The Wizard of Oz”
Paul Couch, The Bluffer's Guide to The Simpsons

Dennis Liggio
“I have the whole team just around the block! One call and they'll ride in here like cavalry! Riding on... robots! Giant robots! Well, not giant robots, like in Egan, but... but... big enough robots!”
Dennis Liggio, Burning Monday