50 of the Best Quotes about Luck, Gambling and Casinos

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BetMGM Oct 22, 2021, 10:16 AM

Gambling at both land-based and online casinos takes place worldwide and tends to generate many opinions by those who gamble – particularly when it’s following a hot streak or a run of losses – and even by those who don’t. It’s inevitable, then, that gambling will have inspired tons of insightful quotes which have been retold or referenced by many people who play and experience online casino games.

From movies to books and directly from the mouths of some of the best gamblers in history, there have been countless fantastic quotes about gambling, luck, and casinos in general. After all, with so many casino table games – not least casino slot games – based on luck rather than skill, we can’t ignore the chance element being so pivotal to wins and losses, so it’s understandable why it’s such an intriguing topic! 

Let’s start with a few of our choice sayings about Lady Luck herself, and then we’ll dive into the gambling quotes, whether they’re the most famous or the most brilliant musings on gambling and casinos.

Best quotes about luck

According to the Roman philosopher Seneca: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” And if you’re on a run of good luck, you might be inclined to agree with him. Unfortunately, sometimes it just isn’t our day, and our luck tends to sour. With that in mind, these are some of our top picks for luck quotes.

“I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.” – Brian Tracy, motivational speaker and author

“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.” – Hunter S Thompson, gonzo journalist

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” – Cormac McCarthy, novelist and playwright

“True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.” – John Milton Hay, 37th US Secretary of State

“Luck is a goddess not to be coerced and forcibly wooed by those who seek her favors. From such masterful spirits she turns away. But it happens sometimes that, if we put our hand in hers with the humble trust of a little child, she will have pity on us, and not fail us in our hour of need.” – PG Wodehouse, humorist

“I figure you have the same chances of winning the lottery whether you play or not.” – Fran Lebowitz, author

“I’ve found that what most people call luck is often little more than raw talent combined with the ability to make the most of opportunities.” – Timothy Zahn, writer

“Gambling operates under the premise that greed can be satisfied by luck.” – Rita Mae Brown, author

“At gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck.” – Ian Fleming, writer and journalist

“You don’t get lucky while sitting on the sofa with arms crossed doing nothing. You can be lucky only when you are prepared.” – Nesta Jojoe Erskine, speaker

“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President

“Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit.” – RE Shay, humorist

“The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.” – Bret Harte, poet and writer

“I think we consider too much the luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” – Franklin D Roosevelt, 32nd US President

“Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.” – John Dewey, philosopher

Best quotes about gambling

Gaming chips, poker cards, gaming dice and dollars on a dark background.

Gambling’s joys and frustrations have prompted some of the most inspiring and poignant quotes and advice from players worldwide. A win is so exhilarating and exciting and a loss so utterly devastating that even players with nerves of steel and unflinching poker faces can’t keep their words to themselves – and we are grateful for it.

“In gambling, the many must lose in order that the few may win.” – George Bernard Shaw, playwright

“Quit while you’re ahead; all the best gamblers do.” – Baltasar Gracián, 17th-century philosopher

“The gambling interests like to point to the construction jobs, but those jobs go away.” – John Warren Kindt, author

“The subject of gambling is all-encompassing. It combines man’s natural play instinct with his desire to know about his fate and future.” – Franz Rosenthal, linguist

“Gambling is an act of faith of gamblers. Prophecy is an act of faith of the saints.” – Toba Beta, writer

“Victory is a fleeting thing in the gambling business. Today’s winners are tomorrow’s blinking toads, dumb beasts with no hope.” – Hunter S Thompson, gonzo journalist

“At the gambling table, there are no fathers or sons.” – Chinese proverb

“Gambling has held human beings in thrall for millennia. It has been engaged in everywhere, from the dregs of society to the most respectable circles.” – Peter L Bernstein, economist

“Hoping to recoup is what ruins the gambler.” – Irish proverb

“Gambling is not a vice; it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gambling table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.” – Jeanette Winterson, author

“Once you start thinking you’ve got nothing left to learn, you have everything to learn.” – Steve Badger, poker strategist

“The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling.”– Ambrose Bierce, writer and poet

“Gambling is not about how well you play the games, it’s really about how well you handle your money.” – VP Pappy, casino writer

“There is a very easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune; go there with a large one.” – Jack Yelton, US WWII veteran

“Gambling is not as destructive as war or as boring as pornography. It is not as immoral as business or as suicidal as watching television. And the percentages are better than religion.” – Mario Puzo, author

“I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.” – Mitch Hedberg, comedian

“Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.” – Wilson Mizner, playwright

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

“Gambling can turn into a dangerous two-way street when you least expect it. Weird things happen suddenly, and your life can go all to pieces.” – Hunter S Thompson, gonzo journalist

Best quotes from famous people and movies

Croupier behind a gambling table in a casino.

The allure and glamor of gambling and casinos are often best portrayed in movies and by the glamorous celebrities that feature in them. Next time you go to play your favorite online slots (or whatever else floats your boat), be sure to keep a few of these wise words in mind.

“Money won is twice as sweet as money earned.” – Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986)

“Good luck is when opportunity meets preparation, while bad luck is when lack of preparation meets reality.” – Eliyahu Goldratt, Israeli business guru

“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker.” – Matt Damon in Rounders (1998)

“Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.” – Iain Duncan Smith, British politician

“Oh, I don’t lose. People who bet on me to lose, lose. And they lose big.” – Al Pacino in Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” – Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father of the US

“You know the best part of the best drug in the world isn’t the high. It’s the moment just before you take it. The dice are dancing on the table. Between now and the time they stop, that’s the greatest high in the world.” – Al Pacino in Two for the Money (2005)

“No wife can endure a gambling husband; unless he is a steady winner.” – Thomas Dewar, Scottish baron and whisky distiller

“I am not going to lose it. I am going to gamble it.” – James Caan in The Gambler (1974)

“Gambling has brought my family together. We had to move to a smaller house.” – Tommy Cooper, comedian and magician

“Declare your intentions and speak it out, shout it out, even yell it out until you believe it! Convince yourself that you can do great things.” – Daniel Negreanu, professional poker player

“Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it.” – Henry Ward Beecher, American minister

“If you ain’t just a little scared when you enter a casino, you are either very rich or you haven’t studied the games enough.” – VP Pappy, casino writer

“Most gamblers, when they go to gamble, they go to win. When we go to gamble, we go to lose. Even when we win, it’s just a matter of time before we give it all back.” – Al Pacino in Two for the Money (2005)

“I’m not sure what four nines does, but the ace, I think, is pretty high.” – George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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