John Scarne quotes

  • My last piece of advice to the degenerate slot player who thinks he can beat the one-armed bandit consists of four little words: It can't be done.
    -- John Scarne

    #Player #Thinking #Gambling

  • Night and day a picture of the showcase of the Lame Novelty Company and its gambling content would seem to appear before my eyes. Then I realized that I could not rest content and continue practising to become a magician until I knew what those gambling gimmicks in that showcase click.
    -- John Scarne

    #Eye #Night #Gambling

  • The gambling supply house catalog is distinctly not the safest place to learn about cheating devices, beware of catalog men.
    -- John Scarne

    #Cheating #Men #Gambling

  • Belly strippers! The use of this device is one of the most highly prized - and highly priced - secrets of fast-money winners.
    -- John Scarne

    #Secret #Use #Winner

  • Rummy is played by more people in more ways than any other game.
    -- John Scarne

    #Games #People #Way

  • Little Bobby Jones of Atlanta is really a fine player, and shows every indication of becoming a tremendous great one, once he is master of himself, which must come with maturity.

  • Think it over, think it under.

  • Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn't.

  • The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

  • I don't think that when Zionism began there was a claim that we were losing - even in part - our capacity to contribute to other peoples.

  • Suspense is torture ... but delightful--or there'd be no gambling in the world.

  • The point is that it looks like gambling because the language of the game is money.

  • As words are not the things we speak about, and structure is the only link between them, structure becomes the only content of knowledge. If we gamble on verbal structures that have no observable empirical structures, such gambling can never give us any structural information about the world. Therefore such verbal structures are structurally obsolete, and if we believe in them, they induce delusions or other semantic disturbances.

  • Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen.

  • If all our political and intellectual elite offers by way of a national culture is "pop music, gambling, fashionable clothes or television," then we can neither mount a convincing intellectual defense against our enemies, nor hope to integrate intelligent, inquiring, and unfulfilled Muslim youths young men principally, of course to our way of life.