Quotes About Card Games

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

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