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These useless men ought to be cut up and served at a banquet. I really believe that athletes have less intelligence than swine.

—Dion Chrysostom, c. 95

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules, and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence; in other words it is war minus the shooting.

—George Orwell, 1945

A passion for horses, players, and gladiators seems to be the epidemic folly of the times. The child receives it in his mother’s womb; he brings it with him into the world, and in a mind so possessed, what room for science, or any generous purpose?

—Tacitus, c. 100

Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.

—George Washington, 1783

The whole secret of fencing consists but in two things, to give and not to receive.

—Molière, 1670

If I lose at play, I blaspheme, and if my fellow loses, he blasphemes. So that God is always sure to be the loser.

—John Donne, 1623

A win always seems shallow: it is the loss that is so profound and suggests nasty infinities.

—E.M. Forster, 1919

The true mission of American sports is to prepare young men for war.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, c. 1952

Two things only the people anxiously desire, bread and the circus games.

—Juvenal, c. 121

Courage and grace is a formidable mixture. The only place to see it is in the bullring.

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

We cannot say what the woman might be physically, if the girl were not allowed all the freedom of the boy in romping, climbing, swimming, playing whoop and ball.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1848

Though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.

—Bion of Smyrna, c. 100 BC

Academe, n. An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.

Academy, n. (from academe) A modern school where football is taught.

—Ambrose Bierce, 1906