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GAMBLING
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[ Also see Accident Amusements Cards Chance Games Luck Poker Vice Wagers ]

A gamester, the greater master he is in his art, the worse man he is.
      - Francis Bacon

Lookers-on many times see more than gamesters.
      - Francis Bacon

A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Gambling with cards, or dice, or stocks, is all one thing--it is getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

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

Gaming is a kind of tacit confession that the company engaged therein do in general exceed the bounds of their respective fortunes, and therefore they cast lots to determine upon whom the ruin shall at present fall, that the rest may be saved a little longer.
      - Sir William Blackstone

That reproach of modern times, that gulf of time and fortune, the passion for gaming, which is so often the refuge of the idle sons of pleasure and often, alas! the last resource of the ruined.
      - Hugh Blair

Sports and gaming, whether pursued from a desire of gain or love of pleasure, are as ruinous to the temper and disposition of the party addicted to them, as they are to his fame and fortune.
      - Robert Burton

Whose game was empires, and whose stakes were thrones;
  Whose table earth, whose dice were human bones.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Age of Bronze (st. 3)

A heavy tax placed upon fools.
      - Emilio Castelar y Ripoli

European lotteries are the tax on fools.
      - Count Camillo Benso di Cavour

There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

Nothing is so unpredictable as a throw of the dice, and yet every man who plays often will at some time or other make a Venus-cast: now and then he indeed will make it twice and even thrice in succession. Are we going to be so feebleminded then as to aver that such a thing happened by the personal intervention of Venus rather than by pure luck?
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Gaming has been resorted to by the affluent as a refuge from ennui. It is a mental dram, and may succeed for a moment; but, like all other stimuli, it produces indirect debility.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Gaming is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The gambler is a moral suicide.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The gamester, if he die a martyr to his profession, is doubly ruined. He adds his soul to every other loss, and by the act of suicide, renounces earth to forfeit Heaven.
      - Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon--Reflection

I'll give you revenge another time, when you are not so indifferent; you are thinking of something else now, and play too negligently; the coldness of a losing gamester lessens the pleasure of the winner. I'd no more play with a man that slighted his ill fortune, than I'd make love to a woman who undervalued the loss of their reputation.
      - William Congreve

The coldness of a losing gamester lessens the pleasure of the winner. I would no more play with a man that slighted his ill fortune than I would make love to a woman who undervalued the loss of her reputation.
      - William Congreve

Games of chance are traps to catch school boy novices and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

I look upon every man as a suicide from the moment he takes the dice-box desperately in his hand; and all that follows in his fatal career from that time is only sharpening the dagger before he strikes it to his heart.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

It is well for gamesters that they are so numerous as to make a society of themselves; for it would be a strange abuse of terms to rank those among society at large, whose profession it is to prey upon all who compose it.
      - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough (1)

Gaming is the destruction of all decorum; the prince forgets at it his dignity, and the lady her modesty.
      - Jean Le Rond d'Alembert

What more than madness reigns, when one short sitting many hundreds drains.
      - Sir John Davies

Bets at first were fool-traps, where the wise like spiders lay in ambush for the flies.
      - John Dryden


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