Top Notable Gambling Quotes For Bettors


The widely accepted fact about gambling is that it has been around since the inception of man. Having that in mind, it’s quite expected that there have been some discussions on the subject over time. References to gambling are mostly seen anywhere and everywhere; from ancient proverbs to words of wisdom from professional bettors.


Some notable gambling quotes are discussed below;


“Quit while you’re ahead. All the best gamblers do.”

You’ve probably heard this quote at some point, but you probably don’t know where it emanates. It’s from a Spanish Jesuit priest, Baltasar Gracián y Morales (1601-1658). He was a writer and philosopher with the famous book ‘The Art of Worldly Wisdom’.

“The excitement that a gambler feels when making a bet is equal to the amount he might win times the probability of winning it.”

This quote is from Blaise Pascal. He was an inventor, mathematician, physicist, and theological writer. He was said to have laid the foundation for the modern-day theory of probability.

“I want people to understand, gambling is not a bad thing if you do it within the framework of what it’s meant to be, which is fun and entertaining.”

These are undoubtedly wise words and can be attributed to Michael Jordan who is a basketball legend. He’s said to have lost millions in gambling wagers over the years. Maybe, Jordan should have heeded his own advice.

“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win.”

George Bernard Shaw was said to be the owner of this quote. He was an Irish playwright, critic, and political activist. He had strong feelings against gambling which were the basis for his project entitled, ‘The Vice of Gambling and the Virtue of Insurance’.

“If you must play, decide upon three things at the start: the rules of the game, the stakes, and the quitting time.”

This is a popular Chinese proverb. History makes us understand that the Chinese have had a series of gambling experiences. It was earliest evident in ancient China with a game of chance using tiles. If you read any article on gambling or sports betting tips, this Chinese proverb won’t be far-fetched.

“A gambler never makes the same mistake twice. It’s usually three or more times.”

These are the words of Terrence “VP Pappy” Murphy. He’s a poker player and writer who has many insightful views on the gambling industry and those who play. We all know some bettors can’t stop at one loss and do make repeated mistakes. If you belong to this category, it’s time to take a hard look at your strategy.

“A gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated.”

No one wishes to associate with a sore loser, and certainly not the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy. After his death, his diaries revealed a period where he was deeply rooted in ‘gambling and girls’. He created elaborate card-playing rules, such as playing cards with those richer than him

“Hoping to recoup is what ruins the gambler.”

This Irish proverb is hard to ignore. It teaches bettors the best strategy: never chase your losses. I hope the Irish will equally take note as they are reportedly the world’s third biggest losers in the gambling world.


These are not just quotable quotes but words of reflection, wisdom, scorn, and hilarity that every bettor should be aware of. Always remember to stake responsibly and do not be ignorant of betting and gambling woes.

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