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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Gambling
 
A man gets no thanks for what he loseth at play.  1
A man may shuffle cards or rattle dice from noon to midnight without tracing a new idea in his mind.  Rambler.  2
A pack of cards is the devil’s prayer-book.  3
All players cannot win.  German.  4
At the end of the game we see who wins.  5
Gambling is the idler’s opium.  Punch.  6
Gaming is the son of avarice and the father of despair.  French.  7
He studies the bible of fifty-two leaves (a pack of cards).  Dutch.  8
He who hopes to win what belongs to another deserves to lose his own.  Richardson.  9
He who is a good gamester is lord of another man’s purse.  10
I would cheat my own father at cards.  11
If the destructive dice-box have pleasure for the father the son will be a gambler.  Juvenal.  12
In all games it is good to leave off a winner.  13
It is a bad game where nobody wins.  Italian.  14
It is a silly game where nobody wins.  15
Many can pack the cards that cannot play.  16
Many players lose in an hour what they cannot win back in a life-time.  German.  17
One rarely finds a rich gambler.  German.  18
Rich gamblers and old trumpeters are rare.  German.  19
Runs of ill luck will come, as sure as day and night succeed each other. (Beau Nash’s advice to young gamblers.)  20
There are games in which it is better to lose than to win.  Latin.  21
The more skilful the gambler the worse the man.  Publius Syrus.  22
There is no better gambling than not to gamble.  German.  23
There is no gaming in which the devil has not a share.  German.  24
When the game is most thriving it is time to leave off.  Danish.  25
When two play, one must lose.  German.  26
Young gambler—old beggar.  German.  27
 
 
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