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

—George Washington, 1783

Sport is the bloom and glow of a perfect health.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838

If I played in New York, they’d name a candy bar after me.

—Reggie Jackson, 1976

A brilliant boxing match, quicksilver in its motions, transpiring far more rapidly than the mind can absorb, can have the power that Emily Dickinson attributed to great poetry: you know it’s great when it takes the top of your head off.

—Joyce Carol Oates, 1987

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

Recreations should be as sauces to your meat, to sharpen your appetite unto the duties of your calling, and not to glut yourselves with them.

—Thomas Gouge, 1672

I never yet could make out why men are so fond of hunting; they often hurt themselves, often spoil good horses, and tear up the fields—and all for a hare or a fox or a stag that they could get more easily some other way.

—Anna Sewell, 1877

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

—Molière, 1670

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

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, c. 1952

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of a gun.

—P.G. Wodehouse, 1929

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

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

No human being is innocent, but there is a class of innocent human actions called games.

—W.H. Auden, 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