Paul Morphy Quote
“I am more strongly confirmed than ever in the belief that the time devoted to chess is literally frittered away.”
Letter to Daniel Fiske, February 4, 1863.
from Paul Morphy's speech at the New York Chess Club Testimonial held in his honor, May 25, 1859.
“Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing. That's my way, sir; and there are many victories worse than a defeat.”
Janet's Repentance Ch. 6. - Scenes of Clerical Life (1858)
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.”
As You Like It (1599–1600), Act II, scene vii.
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsPaul Morphy
Born: June 22, 1837
Bio: Paul Charles Morphy was an American chess player. He is considered to have been the greatest chess master of his era and an unofficial World Chess Champion. He was a chess prodigy. He was called The Pride and Sorrow of Chess because he had a brief and brilliant chess career, but then retired from the game while still young.