Top 50 Quotes about Gambling, Luck and Money

When I was young,
people called me a gambler.
As the scale of my operations increased
I became known as a speculator.
Now I am called a banker.
But I have been doing
the same thing all the time.

Sir Ernest Cassel
(1852-1921; German-born British merchant banker and capitalist)
Close up of roulette wheel with football instead ballImage: Slavoljub Pantelic (Shutterstock)
Whenever a man does
a thoroughly stupid thing,
it is always from the noblest motives.

Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900; Irish writer and poet)
It is better
to have a permanent income
than to be fascinating.

Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900; Irish writer and poet)
The roulette table pays nobody
except him that keeps it.
Nevertheless a passion for gaming is common,
though a passion
for keeping roulette tables is unknown.

George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950; Irish playwright
and co-founder of the London School of Economics)
In gambling the many must lose
in order
that the few may win.

George Bernard Shaw
(1856-1950; Irish playwright
and co-founder of the London School of Economics)
The only man who makes money
following the races
is the one
who does it with a broom and shovel.

Elbert Hubbard
(1856-1915; American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher)
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.

John Dewey
(1859-1952; American psychologist and educational reformer)
The safest way
to double your money is
to fold it over once
and put it in your pocket.

Kin Hubbard
(1868-1930; American cartoonist, humorist, and journalist)
The sure way of getting nothing from something.

Wilson Mizner
(1876-1933; American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur)
Remember this:
The house doesn’t beat the player.
It just gives him the opportunity
to beat himself.

Nicholas Dandolos, a.k.a. “Nick the Greek”
(1883-1966; Greek-born professional gambler and high roller)

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22 Responses to “Top 50 Quotes about Gambling, Luck and Money”

  1. Mauricio Delgado

    This is probably the best compilation of gambling quotes that I’ve seen, great job!

  2. thomaskendall

    Great quotes, all of them are inspiring and real. People must really know when to quit. Thanks.

  3. Soccerwidow

    The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it. (Blaise Pascal)

  4. Lucky Mojo

    Don’t bet your eating money, that will save your life if you listen to it.

  5. Marianna

    Heads they win; tails we lose!

    I know of people who believe that winning is everything and that they have failed in a sense, if they do not win. Winning and losing are not mutually exclusive.

    Even if one should ‘lose’ there is so much that they could have ‘won’.

    If one’s perspective is grounded in respecting the journey then so much can be learnt from a loss. Winning and losing are not mutually exclusive and should not be perceived to be so.

  6. John L

    Quality reading. Thanks!

  7. orro

    There are so many ways to lose, but so few ways to win. Perhaps the best way to achieve victory is to master all the rules for disaster, and then concentrate on avoiding them.

    quoting Victor Niederhoffer

    • Julie B Mark

      No. The quickest route to failure is fear of trying.

    • Shaggy Frog

      Is it like concentrating on weakness and ignoring the strengths????

    • Edison

      If you believe that what you focus on you’ll get more of – you may be attracting more disaster.

      The first rule of avoiding disaster – don’t focus on mastering disaster. You may find yourself up to your butt in aligators for a long time!

      Put your focus more on enjoying the journey and less on crossing the finish line. The only winner when you don’t is your Ego.

  8. Calla

    Great resource, definitely inspiring and got me thinking. Thanks!

  9. Para

    I’d like to echo the thanks going out for this great collection. It is very helpful!

  10. Ricardo

    First of all congratulations for your website and your approach and observation you have about betting and sports.

    Do you believe between all kind of “traders” in sports betting the best guaranteed way “based on statistics, observation and real money” the sharpbet is the best to making profit in long term?

  11. TJ

    If you ain’t just a little scared when you enter a casino, you are either very rich or you haven’t studied the games enough.

    Great post. This one I think is especially important.

    Some people spend so much time gambling and forget their family and friends… I think these quotes say a lot about psychology of gambling.

  12. MarryMe

    Holy crap…so many good sayings.

  13. Johnny

    “Since human brain has some limits on its capacity for processing information…”

    Oh no… life is hard…

    Thanks a lot for the article! very good!

  14. Lica

    Phew! Got there in the end! It’s a great collection, Soccerwidow!

    I’m going to present my hubby with some of these quotes!! Hehehe

  15. wiseGEEK

    Considering whether or not you are a compulsive gambler can be really frightening. After all, no one likes to admit to being out of control.

    Gambling can become an addiction, and many individuals find the lure to gamble as powerful as any addictive drug.

  16. Italian

    A Ultimate List 😀

    I love this one… Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways: women, gambling, and farming. My family chose the slowest one.

    • Soccerwidow

      So, you don’t gamble then?

  17. Artisan

    An excellent compilation. Very comprehensive list. Thanks!

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