George Bernard Shaw dismissed Lotteries as “a way of taxing fools” and Dennis Thatcher described them as a “nasty foreign invention!” But then his wife was better at cutting funds for educational and cultural ventures than raising money for them, which is what lotteries around the world generally do. Equally, according to Message Board Member Ozpools, lotteries have been called “a tax on people who are bad at maths,” so maybe cutting back on education is a way of keeping the lottery going!
We feel that lotteries are a harmless bit of fun and that the way numbers fall in a random draw is interesting – and likely to provoke discussion, a major aim of SoccerLotto.com.
I hope you find the following quotes and anecdotes about winning, losing, gambling and money thought-provoking. If you have any you think we should add, please email them to Perman@soccerlotto.com or post them on the message board.
You can’t always play it safe. Sometimes in life you just have to roll the dice.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, on the 2001 Wimbledon women’s singles final.
A little incompatibility is the spice of life, particularly if he has income and she is pattable. OGDEN NASH
In the midst of life we are in debt. ETHEL WATTS MUMFORD
The only golden thing that women dislike is silence. MARY WILSON LITTLE
I’m living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
SAKI (H M MUNRO)
Let us all be happy and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with. ARTEMUS WARD
Here’s to champagne, the drink divine
That makes us forget our troubles.
It’s made of one dollars worth of wine
And three dollars worth of bubbles.
“Privileged Bourgeois Students Should Be Made To Pay”
“Do you accept American Express?”
All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren’t respectable live beyond other people’s. A few gifted individuals manage to do both.
SAKI (H M MUNRO)
If the aunt of the vicar has never touched liquor, look out when she finds the champagne. RUDYARD KIPLING
The best throw of the dice is to throw them away. AUSTIN O’MALLEY
A fool and her money are soon courted. HELEN ROWLAND
A fool and his money are soon married. CAROLYN WELLS
In Brighton she was Brenda,
She was Patsy up in Perth,
In Cambridge she was Candida
The sweetest girl on earth.
In Stafford she was Stella,
The pick of all the bunch,
But down on his expenses,
She was Petrol, Oil and Lunch
No wife can endure a gambling husband unless he is a steady winner.
LORD THOMAS ROBERT DEWAR
When I wish I was rich, then I know I am ill. D H LAWRENCE
When one has had to work so hard to get money, why should he impose himself the further hardship of trying to save it? DON HEROLD
There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lampposts – for support rather than illumination.
The silk suit cost me much money, and I pray to God to make me able to pay for it.
I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying. WILLIAM PITT
Seeing she could not make fools wise, fortune has made them lucky.
MICHEL EYQUEM DE MONTAIGNE
Don’t answer back if you’re out to make money, but do if you’re out for enjoyment.
Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU
The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than gold has.
Gambling promise the poor what property performs for the rich – something for nothing.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.
The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or less than you.
A banker is a man who lends you an umbrella when the weather is fair, and takes it away from you when it rains.
Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month, others just go over them.
To force myself to earn more money, I determined to spend more.
Solvency is entirely a matter of temperament and not of income.
LOGON PEARSALL SMITH
Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent.
Anyone who lives within his means is suffering from a lack of imagination.
IN GOD WE TRUST. All others pay cash.
Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.
The winner of the Sydney Opera house draw – to help pay for the building – was kidnapped and ransomed for $1 million. Payment was not made and the boy was later found murdered.
If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
Nobody who has wealth to distribute ever omits himself.
MENDOZA: I am a brigand: I live by robbing the rich.
TANNER: I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The best things in life are duty free.
GRAFFITI, Heathrow Airport
Money isn’t everything: usually it isn’t even enough.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
All right, so I like spending money! But name one other extravagance!
Chance favours the prepared mind.
There is divinity in odd numbers.
SHAKESPEARE, The Merry Wives of Windsor.
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss….
When you take the bull by the horns, what happens is a toss up.
WILLIAM PETT RIDGE
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.
Men that hazard all, do it in hope of fair advantages.
SHAKESPEARE, Merchant of Venice – the Message Bard as member Richard Norris memorably described him.
The lottery is a government institution and the poor its best patrons.
There is no such thing as “social gambling”. Either you are there to cut the other bloke’s heart out and eat it – or you’re a sucker. If you don’t like this choice, don’t gamble.
ROBERT A HEINLEIN
Gambling: The sure way of getting nothing for something.
…and possibly the biggest truism of all: there are two great pleasures in gambling – winning and losing!