Gambling Quotes

By Loot, Sports Handicapper,

Popular Gambling and Betting Quotes and Sayings

“Any man who watches three straight football games should be declared legally dead.”–author Erma Bombeck

“Quit while you’re ahead. All the best gamblers do.”–Spanish Writer Baltasar Gracian y Morales

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”–Roman philosopher Seneca

“By gambling, we lose both our time and treasure: two things most precious to the life of man.”–English essayist Owen Feltham

“If you must play, decide three things when you start: the rules, the stakes of the game, and the quitting time.”–Chinese proverb

“Luck sometimes visits a fool, but never sits down with him.”–German proverb

“Eat your betting money, but never bet your eating money.”–unknown

“A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. He usually makes it three or four times.”–Pappy Morgan

“Show me a wealthy gambler and I’ll show you a man who made his fortune from something other than gambling.”–Pappy Morgan

“There is an easy way to return home from the casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one.”–author Jack Yelton

“A dollar won is twice as sweet as a dollar earned.”–Fictional pool hustler Eddie Felson, played by Paul Newman

“Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.”–psychologist John Dewey

“Remember this: The house doesn’t beat the player. It just gives him an opportunity to beat himself.”–old professional gambler Nicholas Dandolos

“The next best thing to gambling and winning is gambling and losing.”–Nicholas Dandolos


“Someone once asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men do, and I gave the common-sensical 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.” –Gloria Steinem

“On both sides of a bet are a thief and a fool.”–proverb

“I came to Vegas in a $20,000 cadillac and left in a $200,000 Greyhound bus.”–unknown

“In the queer mess of human destiny the determining factor is luck. For every important place in life there are many men of fairly equal capacities. Among them luck decides who shall accomplish the great work, who shall be crowned with laurel, and who shall fall back into silence and obscurity.”– William Woodward

“Scared money never wins.”–proverb

”I’ve often thought, if I got really hungry for a good milk shake, how much would I pay for one? People will pay a hundred dollars for a bottle of wine; to me that’s not worth it. But I’m not going to say it is foolish or wrong to spend that kind of money, if that’s what you want. So if a guy wants to bet twenty or thirty thousand dollars in a poker game that is his privilege.”–Jack Binion

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.”–R.E. Shay

“The only difference between a winner and loser is character.”–Nicholas Dandolos

“The urge to gamble is so universal and its practice is so pleasurable, that I assume it must be evil.”–Heywood Broun

“Sports Betting is all about money management, so the most money won on one bet is not the most important thing.”–Bruce Dern

“Bet with your head, not with your heart.”–proverb

“When we put 50 machines in, I consider them 50 more mousetraps. You have to have a mousetrap to catch a mouse.”–Bob Stupak, casino owner

“She got to go to heaven four days early.”–President Bill Clinton, commenting on his mother going to Vegas right before she passed away.

“At that point I ought to have gone away, but a strange sensation rose up in me, a sort of defiance of fate, a desire to challenge it, to put out my tongue at it. I laid down the largest stake allowed- thousand gulden-and lost it. Then, getting hot, I pulled out all I had left, staked it on the same number, and lost again, after which I walked away from the table as though I were stunned. I could not even grasp what had happened to me.”–author and gambling degenerate Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Fortune knocks at every man’s door once in a lifetime, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.”–Mark Twain

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