Last summer, I bought a book in Helsinki entitled Winning Quotations, by Markus Wartiovaara. In the chapter entitled “Game”, I found some quotations mentioning card games, which amused me since I really enjoy a certain card game. I especially like the quotation attributed to Jawaharlal Nehru.
You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.
— Christopher Reeve
Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.
— Francies Quarles
A man’s idea in a game of cards is war, cruel, devastating, and pitiless. A lady’s idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement, and burglary.
— Finley Peter Dunne
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
— H. T. Leslie
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
— Jawaharlal Nehru
In other words,
L = D + F
where L is life (a game of cards), D is determinism, a constant (the hand that is dealt you), and F is free will, a random variable (how you play the hand dealt you).
This last quote doesn’t have to do with card games, but I couldn’t resist sharing it since it’s about video games:
One of the best lessons children learn through video games is standing still will get them killed quicker than anything else.
— Jinx Milea