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

Give him the same amount of money every morning that he is likely to win during the day's play on condition that does not gamble, and you will make him thoroughly unhappy. It will perhaps be said that he only cares about the fun of gambling and not about the winnings. But make him play for nothing; he will not get any excitement out of it at all and will merely be bored. This means that he is not for entertainment alone. . . . He must grow exited and fool himself into believing that he would be delighted to win
  the money that he would hate to be given t him on the condition that he does not gamble.
      - Blaise Pascal

There is not a single truth of science upon which we ought to bet more than about a million of millions to one.
      - Charles Sanders Peirce

What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play, playing certain games, making sacrifices, singing and dancing, and then a man will be able to propitiate the gods, and defend himself against his enemies, and win the contest.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

How, sir! not damn the sharper, but the dice?
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satires
         (dialogue II, l. 13)

If thy desire to raise thy fortunes encourage thy delights to the casts of fortune, be wise betimes, lest thou repent too late; what thou gettest, thou gainest by abused providence; what thou losest, thou losest by abused patience; what thou winnest is prodigally spent; what thou losest is prodigally lost; it is an evil trade that prodigally drives; and a bad voyage where the pilot is blind.
      - Francis Quarles

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

What honest man would not rather be the sufferer than the defrauder?
      - Samuel Richardson

You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run.
      - Kenny Rogers

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

The most patient man in loss, the most coldest that ever turned up ace.
      - William Shakespeare

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

A night of fretful passion may consume
  All that thou bast of beauty's gentle bloom;
    And one distemper'd hour of sordid fear
      Print on thy brow the wrinkles of a year.
      - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

There is nothing that wears out a fine lace like the vigils of the card table, and those cutting passions which naturally attend them. Hollow eyes, haggard looks and pale complexions are the natural indications.
      - Sir Richard Steele

The deal, the shuffle, and the cut.
      - Jonathan Swift

The gambler is more wicked as he is a greater proficient in his art.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

There are few things that are so unpardonably neglected in our country as poker. The upper class knows very little about it. Now and then you find ambassadors who have sort of a general knowledge of the game, but the ignorance of the people is fearful. Why, I have known clergymen, good men, kind-hearted, liberal, sincere, and all that, who did not know the meaning of a "flush". It is enough to make one ashamed of the species.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens)

It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief.
      - George Washington

It [gaming] is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
      - George Washington,
        in a letter to Bushrod Washington

This is a vice which is productive of every possible evil, equally injurious to the morals and health of its votaries. It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief. It has been the ruin of many worthy families; the loss of many a man's honor, and the cause of suicide. To all those who enter the lists, it is equally fascinating. The successful gamester pushes his good fortune, till it is overtaken by a reverse. The losing gamester, in hopes of retrieving past misfortunes, goes on from bad to worse, till, grown desperate, he pushes at everything and loses his all. In a word, few gain by this abominable practice, while thousands are injured.
      - George Washington

All gaming, since it implies a desire to profit at the expense of another, involves a breach of the tenth commandment.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

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

Gambling houses are temples where the most sordid and turbulent passions contend; there no spectator can be indifferent. A card or a small square of ivory interests more than the loss of an empire, or the ruin of an unoffending group of infants, and their nearest relatives.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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