Thursday, February 21, 2008

Gambling -

Investments, pensions and life insurance are just acceptable forms of gambling

Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.

When there is a lot of money involved the odds of "winning" matter very little to many people.

The whore and gambler, by the state
Licensed, build the nation's fate.
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

The solid wealth of insurance companies and the success of those who organsie gambling are some indication of the profits to be derived from the efficient use of chance.~Edward de Bono

I have sometimes frequented the gaming houses just to watch the on-goings of those mad votaries of chance - Anne Bronte ,The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Lotteries, a tax upon imbeciles. Count Camillo Benso di Cavour (1810-1861)

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. W. C. Fields

The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.--Horace Greely

Lady Godiva put everything she had on a horse.
W. C. Fields (1880-1946) "The Manager's Book of Quotations," by Lewis D. Eigen and Jonathan P. Siegel, 1989.

After the French Revolution, the state lottery was abolished. 'It is all the more dangerous.'a leading opponent argued, 'since it devours the substance of the poor. It was born of despotism, and used with perfidity to drown out the cry of misery, deluding the poor with false hope. The lottery, an odious financial trick, invades the product of the poor man's toil and brings despair upon innumerable families. The Guardian of 11.11.95.

Gaming corrupts our disposition and teaches us a habit of hostility against all mankind. ~ Thomas Jefferson

State run lotteries: think of them as tax breaks for the intelligent. -- Evan Leibovitch

Gambling ought never to be an important part of a man's life. If it is a way in which large sums of money are transferred from person to person without doing any good (e.g., producing employment, goodwill, etc.) then it is a bad thing. If it is carried out on a small scale, I am not sure that it is bad. I don't know much about it, becauseit is about the only vice to which I have no temptation at all, and I think it is a risk to talk about things which are not in my own make-up, because I don't understand them. If anyone comes to me asking to play bridge for money, I just say: "How much do you hope to win? Take it and go away." --Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) _God in the Dock_ [1948], "Answers to Questions on Christianity," Question 13

One of the worst things that can happen in life is to win a bet on a horse at an early age. Danny McGoorty

Gambling challenges the view of life which the Christian Church exists to uphold and extend. Its glorification of mere chance is a denial of the Divine order of nature. To risk money haphazard is to disregard the insistence of the Church in every age of living faith that possessions are a trust, and that men must account to God for their use. The persistent appeal to covetousness is fundamentally opposed to the unselfishness which was taught by Jesus Christ and by the NewTestament as a whole. The attempt (which is inseparable from gambling) to make a profit out of the inevitable loss and possible suffering of others is the antithesis of that love of oneĆ­s neighbor on which our Lord insisted. ... Archbishop William Temple (1881-1944)

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can." -- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar

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