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.
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Song of Myself (written in 1855), l. 69
“Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less. One is always living a little more or dying a little bit.”
Conversations With Norman Mailer (1988 edition)
“An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.”
On her husband, Max Mallowan. As quoted in: "An Agatha Christie Chronology" by Nancy Blue Wynne, Ace Books, 1976. Also in: "The Life of the Party" (1956) by Bennett Cerf
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.