Gambling Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old gambling quotes, gambling sayings, and gambling proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.

John Milton Hay

In gambling the many must lose in order that the few may win.

George Bernard Shaw

The gambling interests like to point to the construction jobs, but those jobs go away.     

John Warren Kindt

The subject of gambling is all encompassing. It combines man's natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and his future.     

Franz Rosenthal

Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today's winners are tomorrow's blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.     

Hunter S. Thompson

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

Fran Lebowitz

You bring in gambling into a major population base, and the more people you have going into a casino, the more people you have hooked on gambling.

John Warren Kindt

At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons.

Chinese Proverb

Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in everywhere, from the dregs of society to the most respectable circles.

Peter L Bernstein

If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.

Chinese Proverb

Gambling operates under the premise that greed can be satisfied by luck.

Rita Mae Brown

Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.     

Jeanette Winterson

Gambling is the great leveller. All men are equal at cards.

Nikolai Gogol

At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.

Ian Fleming

The gambling supply house catalog is distinctly not the safest place to learn about cheating devices, beware of catalog men.     

John Scarne

Gambling makes boys selfish and cruel as well as men.

Thomas Hughes

Gambling is entertainment. People go to casinos to be entertained.     

Eric Schneiderman

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

Ambrose Bierce

Gambling is not as destructive as war or as boring as pornography. It is not as immoral as business or as suicidal as watching television. And the percentages are better than religion.

Mario Puzo

Gambling can turn into a dangerous two-way street when you least expect it. Weird things happen suddenly, and your life can go all to pieces.

Hunter S. Thompson

A Gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.

Leo Tolstoy

Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It's getting money without giving an equivalent for it.     

Henry Ward Beecher

It's hard to walk away from a winning streak, even harder to leave the table when you're on a losing one.

Cara Bertoia

I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it's meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.     

Michael Jordan

Gambling is an act of faith of gamblers. Prophecy is an act of faith of the saints.

Toba Beta

Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.     

Dean Inge

All gambling is the telling of a fortune, but of a monstrously depleted fortune, empty of everything save one numerical circumstance, shorn of all such richness as a voyage across the water, a fair man that loves you, a dark woman that means you harm.     

Rebecca West

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.

Rebecca West

Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature.

Edmund Burke

By gaming we lose both our time and treasure: two things most precious to the life of man.     

Owen Feltham