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You don't have to be a beer drinker to play darts, but it helps.  ~Author Unknown

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess.  No man has yet said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious.  ~A.A. Milne, Not That It Matters, 1919

One of the advantages bowling has over golf is that you seldom lose a bowling ball.  ~Don Carter

Whoever called snooker "chess with balls" was rude, but right.  ~Clive James

Life's too short for chess.  ~Henry James Byron, Our Boys, 1874

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.  ~Henry Louis Mencken

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.  ~Charles Lamb

With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
~William Cowper

The bowling alley is the poor man's country club.  ~Sanford Hansell

'Tis all a chequer board of nights and days,
Where destiny with men for pieces plays;
Hither and thither, and mates, and slays.
~Edward Fitzgerald

The nice thing about doing a crossword puzzle is, you know there is a solution.  ~Stephen Sondheim

Egotism, n:  Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Our whole life is solving puzzles.  ~Erno Rubik

It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.  ~Joseph de Maistre

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.  ~Indian Proverb

An apocryphal story - the word "apocryphal" here means "obviously untrue" - tells of two people, long ago, who were very bored, and that instead of complaining about it they sat up all night and invented the game of chess so that everyone else in the world, on evenings when there is nothing to do, can also be bored by the perplexing and tedious game they invented.  ~Lemony Snicket

I haven't had sex in eight months.  To be honest, I now prefer to go bowling.  ~Kimberly Jones

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.  ~George Bernard Shaw

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