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

—George Washington, 1783

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

—Reggie Jackson, 1976

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

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

—E.M. Forster, 1919

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

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

—Marlene Dietrich, 1962

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world: it gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. The picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

—Susan B. Anthony, 1896

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

—Juvenal, c. 121

The sadness of the end of a career of an older athlete, with the betrayal of his body, is mirrored in the rest of us. Consciously or not, we know: there, soon, go I.

—Ira Berkow, 1987

One great reason why many children abandon themselves wholly to silly sports and trifle away all their time insipidly is because they have found their curiosity baulked and their inquiries neglected.

—John Locke, 1693

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

—W.H. Auden, 1962

I do love cricket—it’s so very English.I do love cricket—it’s so very English.

—Sarah Bernhardt, c. 1908

The gods play games with men as balls.

—Plautus, c. 200 BC