Top 50 Quotes about Gambling, Luck and Money

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

Heywood Broun
(1888-1939; American sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and editor)

Jockey Martin Garcia pilots "Stirred Up" at Santa Anita Race Track
Jockey Martin Garcia pilots “Stirred Up” (second from right) to his first win
at Santa Anita Race Track on March 3, 2012 in Arcadia, CA. (Cheryl Ann Quigley | Shutterstock )

You don’t gamble to win.
You gamble so you can
gamble the next day.

Bert Ambrose
(1896-1971; English bandleader and violinist)
One of the worst things
that can happen to you in life
is to win a bet on a horse
at an early age.

Danny McGoorty
(1901-1970; American pool and billiards hustler)
A race track is a place
where windows clean people.

Danny Thomas
(1912-1991; American nightclub comedian, actor and producer)
My advice to the unborn is,
don’t be born with a gambling instinct
unless you have a good sense of probabilities.

Jack Dreyfus
(1913-2009; American financial expert)
Gambling is a way
of buying hope on credit.

Alan Wykes
(1914-1993; English author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Gambling)
A dollar won is twice as sweet
as a dollar earned…

[Quote from the movie, “The Color of Money”]
Paul Newman
(1925-2008; American actor, film director, and entrepreneur)
The guy who invented poker was bright,
but the guy who invented the chip
was a genius.

Julius Weintraub, a.k.a. “Big Julie”
(1919-1997; American jeweler, philanthropist, and gambler)
Horse racing is animated roulette.
Roger Kahn
(*1927; American sports editor and author)
A man’s gotta make
at least one bet a day
else he could be walking around lucky
and never know it.

Jim Jones
(1931-1978; American religious cult leader)

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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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