Gambling is risk-taking. It might be said the owner of a casino gambles, takes risks, but he has the odds in his favour, so that’s intelligent gambling. If I wanted to gamble, I’d buy the casino.
John Paul Getty. From his interview with Alan Whicker, as quoted in his book,
Within Whicker’s World
When you’re betting and you win, naturally you have that satisfaction, and the profit.
, From an interview with Niall Ferguson, in the Channel 4 television series,
The Ascent of Money
, broadcast on 22nd December 2008
That the chance of gain is naturally over-valued, we may learn from the universal success of lotteries.
The Wealth of Nations
Capitalism is the joy of gambling.
[Gambling] is a way of throwing money down the toilet without people calling you insane.
[Gambling] is the sure way of getting nothing for something.
The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.
The lottery: a tax on people who flunked math.
The lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
A bumper sticker
There is nothing that wears out a fine face like the vigils of the card-table, and those cutting passions which naturally attend them. Hollow eyes, haggard looks and pale complexions are the natural indications.
Games of chance are traps to catch school boy novices and gaping country squires, who begin with a guinea and end with a mortgage.
All gaming, since it implies a desire to profit at the expense of another, involves a breach of the tenth commandment.
There is but one good throw upon the dice, which is, to throw them away.
I look upon every man as a suicide from the moment he takes the dice-box desperately in his hand; and all that follows in his fatal career from that time is only sharpening the dagger before he strikes it to his heart.
It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief.
The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.
Gambling is possibly the only human vice where you can probably never persuade the gambler to bet that he’ll give it up.
Franklin P. Jones
A game of chance is a million to one.
What the winner don't know, the gambler understands.
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Don't gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock, and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. if it doesn't go up, don't buy it.