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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Gambling
 
Whose game was empires, and whose stakes were thrones;
Whose table earth, whose dice were human bones.
        Byron—The Age of Bronze. St. 3.
  1
  The gamester, if he die a martyr to his profession, is doubly ruined. He adds his soul to every other loss, and by the act of suicide, renounces earth to forfeit Heaven.
        C. C. Colton—Lacon. Reflection.
  2
Our Quixote bard sets out a monster taming,
Arm’d at all points to fight that hydra, gaming.
        David Garrick—Prologue to Ed. Moore’s Gamester.
  3
Shake off the shackles of this tyrant vice;
Hear other calls than those of cards and dice:
Be learn’d in nobler arts than arts of play;
And other debts than those of honour pay.
        David Garrick—Prologue to Ed. Moore’s Gamester.
  4
Look round, the wrecks of play behold;
Estates dismember’d, mortgaged, sold!
Their owners now to jails confin’d,
Show equal poverty of mind.
        Gay—Fables. Pt. II. Fable 12.
  5
Oh, this pernicious vice of gaming!
        Ed. Moore—The Gamester. Act I. Sc. 1.
  6
  I’ll tell thee what it says; it calls me villain, a treacherous husband, a cruel father, a false brother; one lost to nature and her charities; or to say all in one short word, it calls me—gamester.
        Ed. Moore—The Gamester. Act II. Sc. 1.
  7
  Ay, rail at gaming—’tis a rich topic, and affords noble declamation. Go, preach against it in the city—you’ll find a congregation in every tavern.
        Ed. Moore—The Gamester. Act IV. Sc. 1.
  8
How, sir! not damn the sharper, but the dice?
        Pope—Epilogue to the Satires. Dialogue II. L. 13.
  9
  It [gaming] is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
        George Washington—Letter to Bushrod Washington. Jan. 15, 1783.
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