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

By gaming we lose both our time and treasure--two things most precious to the life of man.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Gaming is a vice the more dangerous as it is deceitful; and, contrary to every other species of luxury, flatters its votaries with the hopes of increasing their wealth; so that avarice itself is so far from securing us against its temptations that it often betrays the more thoughtless and giddy part of mankind into them.
      - Henry Fielding

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

Keep flax from fire, youth from gaming.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Shake off the shackles of this tyrant vice;
  Hear other calls than those of cards and dice:
    Be learn'd in nobler arts than arts of play;
      And other debts than those of honour pay.
      - David Garrick,
        Prolgue to Edward Moore's Gamester

Our Quixote bard sets out a monster taming.
  Arm'd at all points to fight that hydra, gaming.
      - David Garrick,
        Prologue to Edward Moore's Gamester

Could fools to keep their own contrive,
  On what, on whom could gamesters thrive?
      - John Gay

Look round, the wrecks of play behold;
  Estates dismember'd, mortgag'd, sold!
    Their owners now to jails confin'd,
      Show equal poverty of mind.
      - John Gay, Fables (pt. II, fable 12)

The exercises I wholly condemn are dicing and carding, especially if you play for any great sum of money, or spend any time in them, or use to come to meetings in dicing-houses, where cheaters meet and cozen young gentlemen out of all their money.
      - Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury

Play not for gain, but sport. Who plays for more
  Than he can lose with pleasure, stakes his heart;
    Perhaps his wife's too, and whom she hath bore.
      - George Herbert

Curst is the wretch enslaved to such a vice,
  Who ventures life and soul upon the dice.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Gaming finds a man a cully, and leaves him a knave.
      - Thomas Hughes

I never hear the rattling of dice that it does not sound to me like the funeral bell of the whole family.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

A mode of transferring property without producing any intermediate good.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

An assembly of the states, a court of justice, shows nothing so serious and grave as a table of gamesters playing very high; a melancholy solicitude clouds their looks; envy and rancor agitate their minds while the meeting lasts, without regard to friendship, alliances, birth or distinctions.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Be assured that, although men of eminent genius have been guilty of all other vices, none worthy of more than a secondary name has ever been a gamester. Either an excess of avarice or a deficiency of what, in physics, is called excitability, is the cause of it; neither of which can exist in the same bosom with genius, with patriotism, or with virtue.
      - Walter Savage Landor

It is possible that a wise and good man may be prevailed on to game; but it is impossible that a professed gamester should be a wise and good man.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.
      - Fran Lebowitz

The pain of losing is diverting. So is the thrill of winning. Winning, however, is lonelier, as those you've won money from are not likely to commiserate with you. Winning takes getting used to.
      - David Mamet

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

Oh, this pernicious vice of gaming!
      - Edward Moore, The Gamester (act I, sc. 1)

I'll tell thee what it says; it calls me villain, a treacherous husband, a cruel father, a false brother; one lost to nature and her charities; or to say all in one short word, it calls me--Gamester.
      - Edward Moore, The Gamester (act II, sc. 1)

Ay, rail at gaming--'tis a rich topic, and affords noble declamation. Go, preach against it in the city--you'll find a congregation in every tavern.
      - Edward Moore, The Gamester (act IV, sc. 1)

There is no doubt that Krushchev would have been a superb poker player. First, he is out to win. Second, like any good poker player, he plans ahead so that he can win the big pots. He likes to bluff, but he knows that if you bluff on the small pots and fail consistently to produce the cards, you must expect your opponent to call your bluff on the big pots.
      - Richard Milhous Nixon

I have denounced everything but wine. I have foresworn everything but gambling.
      - Old Persian Saying


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