Games

Michael Jordan Page

“I've missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

- Michael Jordan

Source/Notes: As quoted in Nike Culture : The Sign of the Swoosh (1998), by Robert Goldman and Stephen Papson, p. 49
Fred Shero Page

“We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games.”

- Fred Shero

Source/Notes: Jackson, Jim, Walking Together Forever: The Broad Street Bullies, Then and Now
Charles Swindoll Page

“Honesty has a beautiful and refreshing simplicity about it. No ulterior motives. No hidden meanings. An absence of hypocrisy, duplicity, political games, and verbal superficiality. As honesty and real integrity characterize our lives, there will be no need to manipulate others.”

- Charles Swindoll

Hunter S. Thompson Page

“Football season is over. No More Games. No More Bombs. No More Walking. No More Fun. No More Swimming. 67. That is 17 years past 50. 17 more than I needed or wanted. Boring. I am always bitchy. No Fun — for anybody. 67. You are getting Greedy. Act your old age. Relax — This won't hurt.”

- Hunter S. Thompson

Source/Notes: Suicide note (20 February 2005)
Michael Jordan Page

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

- Michael Jordan

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Workplace writing (Prentice Hall, 1999), p. 86, "Teamwork (by Michael Jordan)"

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Henry David Thoreau Page

“Go fish and hunt far and wide day by day - farther and wider - and rest thee by many brooks and hearth-sides without misgiving. Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures. Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

- Henry David Thoreau

Prem Rawat Page

“Through your thoughts, you create your own games, and you win your own games because perhaps you have forgotten how to play the real game. What is the real game? It is the game in which the heart is entertained, the game in which you are entertained. It is the game that you will win.”

- Prem Rawat

Source/Notes: Madrid, Spain September 1992 - 1990s
Albert Camus Page

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest—whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories—comes afterwards. These are games.”

- Albert Camus

Source/Notes: Le Mythe de Sisyphe (The Myth of Sisyphus) Absurdity and Suicide (1942)
Antoine de Saint-Exupery Page

“Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? Instead, they demand: How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Source/Notes: Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), 1943
Kim Il-sung Page

“South Koreans who have seen and praised the mass games should remember the hardship of tearful children. Teachers drive them hard with curses and orders to repeat and repeat. When the children return home in the evening, they can hardly walk.”

- Kim Il-sung

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Carl Jung Page

“One of the most difficult tasks men can perform, however much others may despise it, is the invention of good games and it cannot be done by men out of touch with their instinctive selves.”

- Carl Jung

Source/Notes: Jung and the Story of Our Time, Laurens van der Post (1977)
Kobe Bryant Page

“I've played with IVs before, during and after games. I've played with a broken hand, a sprained ankle, a torn shoulder, a fractured tooth, a severed lip, and a knee the size of a softball. I don't miss 15 games because of a toe injury that everybody knows wasn't that serious in the first place.”

- Kobe Bryant

James Hetfield Page

“It's all fun and games 'till someone loses an eye, then it's just fun you can't see.”

- James Hetfield

Shigeru Miyamoto Page

“Video games are bad for you? That's what they said about rock-n-roll.”

- Shigeru Miyamoto

Gary Gygax Page

“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.”

- Gary Gygax

Source/Notes: GameSpy interview by Allen Rausch, Pt. 1 (15 August 2004)

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Henry David Thoreau Page

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”

- Henry David Thoreau

John Adams Page

“The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.—I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

- John Adams

Source/Notes: Letter to Abigail Adams, 3 July 1776