Human beings are incurable optimists. They believe they have a pretty good chance to
win a lottery, but that there is hardly any chance of their getting killed in a traffic
Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, p. 9.
Horse sense is what keeps horses from betting on what people will do.
My grandmother, a staunch Southern Baptist, had marched me off to Sunday school and
church regularly. So when I switched to the Episcopal church after marriage, she
challenged me: "What's wrong with the Baptist Church, son?" "Well," I
explained, "Carole and I flipped a coin to see if we would go to her church or mine,
and I lost." "Serves you right," said my grandmother. "Good Baptists
There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford
it, and when he can.
It may be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong--but
that's the way to bet.
Average number of dollars, per capita, spent on lottery tickets each year, in the top
ten lottery states: $135.
Gaming & Wagering Business, reported in American
Demographics, February 1989.