Gary Lineker Page

“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

- Gary Lineker

Sholem Aleichem Page

“Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

- Sholem Aleichem

Source/Notes: Sometimes quoted as "Life is a drama for the wise..."
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
Ahmad Shah Massoud Page

“We will never be a pawn in someone else's game. We will always be Afghanistan.”

- Ahmad Shah Massoud

Source/Notes: Attributed in Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al Qaeda (2005) by Gary Berntsen and Ralph Pezzullo
Sri Aurobindo Page

“What is God after all ? An eternal child playing an eternal game in an eternal garden.”

- Sri Aurobindo

Source/Notes: Thoughts and Glimpses (1916-17)


Marriner Stoddard Eccles Page

“The United States economy is like a poker game where the chips have become concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, and where the other fellows can stay in the game only by borrowing. When their credit runs out the game will stop.”

- Marriner Stoddard Eccles

Source/Notes: Beckoning Frontiers (1951)
Paul Rodriguez Page

“Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.”

- Paul Rodriguez

George R. R. Martin Page

“The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends, Ser Jorah told her. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace. He gave a shrug. They never are.”

- George R. R. Martin

Source/Notes: Daenerys (III)—Ser Jorah Mormont - A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-)
A. Bartlett Giamatti Page

“It [baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.”

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Source/Notes: The Green Fields of the Mind, Yale Alumni Magazine, November 1977
Kirsten Dunst Page

“Boys frustrate me. I hate all their indirect messages, I hate game playing. Do you like me or don't you? Just tell me so I can get over you.”

- Kirsten Dunst


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
Branch Rickey Page

“The greatest untapped reservoir of raw material in the history of our game is the black race.”

- Branch Rickey

Tupac Shakur Page

“It's the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they're gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it's my turn to leave.”

- Tupac Shakur

Source/Notes: Interview by Sway, 19 April 1996, on KMEL's Westside Radio Program
Walt Whitman Page

“In our sun-down perambulations, of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing base, a certain game of ball...Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms...the game of ball is glorious.”

- Walt Whitman

Source/Notes: The Journalism: 1834-1846 (P. Lang, 1998), p. 477, "July 23, 1846"
Robert A. Heinlein Page

“Of course the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you--if you don't play, you can't win.”

- Robert A. Heinlein


Michael Jordan Page

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

- Michael Jordan

Source/Notes: As quoted in: Jet Magazine, Volume 73, Part 2 (1988), p. 174
Wilhelm Reich Page

“If the psychic energies of the average mass of people watching a football game or a musical comedy could be diverted into the rational channels of a freedom movement, they would be invincible.”

- Wilhelm Reich

Source/Notes: Ch. 1 : Ideology As Material Power, Section 4 : The Social Function of Sexual Suppression - The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933)