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Gambling

  • Horse sense is the instinct that keeps horses from betting on men.

  • I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.

  • I'm crazy enough to believe in taking chances in every way, in making choices and gambling with your life. That's the kind of gambling I believe in.

  • ... casino owners spoke more loudly than any of the other kings of industry to defend their contribution to society. They could speak more loudly because theirs was the purest activity of civilized man. They had transcended the need for a product. They could maintain and advance life with machines that made nothing but money.

  • Someone once asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.

  • The familiarities of the gaming-table contribute very much to the decay of politeness ... The pouts and quarrels that naturally arise from disputes must put an end to all complaisance, or even good will towards one another.

  • ... time spent in a casino is time given to death, a foretaste of the hour when one's flesh will be diverted to the purposes of the worm and not of the will.

  • Some gamble at the tables, others on the race-course, but the greatest of all gambles is with life.

  • Aunt Rose was not a risk taker. Her idea of taking a chance was buying a domestic brand of tomato paste.

  • ... poker rewards not 'gambling,' but concentration, discipline and the ability to control emotions, even when the big hand finally hits.

  • She can't win if she's not at the table ...

  • I'd rather play poker with five or six experts than eat.

  • I've been writing a book for years. It's called Horses That Owe Me Money, and I haven't come to the end of it yet.

  • ... he swore not to stake another sou. Only this oath and his healthy constitution freed him from sleeplessness, which sits at the bedhead of all gamblers.

  • [Gambling] is a perfidious passion. ... It is bad for one to win, and bad not to win. ... it ends by setting your blood on fire, and to increase your chances of winning at any cost, your stakes increase frightfully; the desire of winning gets to be a madness. The soul gets sick; it neither sees nor hears anything. No family ties, position, nor fortune, can stand against this passion.

  • One starts gambling for a joke, out of curiosity, as a little challenge to fortune. One goes on, pricked to the quick by delusions, excited by vague desires that grow. Woe to you if you win anything — an AMBO, a small TERNO! It is all up with you, for your chance of winning seems certain. ... It is the devil's money going back to hell.

  • ... lotteries ... are not native productions of my country, but introduced into our 'heathen' land by so-called Christians, from a Christian nation ...

  • ... as long as there is a lottery, we the people of the United States must believe in getting something for nothing.

  • Everyone except gamblers knows that gambling never pays. ... Losing, like winning, only increased his determination to play.

  • A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.

  • ... one never made a fortune save by some form of gambling, however respectable.

  • It is a bad business, dealing in lottery tickets ... Riches got in such a hasty manner never wear well.

  • The next best thing to a winning day at the track is a losing day.