Chess Quotes

Life is a game of chess and you never really know when you are winning or losing.

Adolfo Bioy Casares

Chess for me is not a game, but an art. Yes, and I take upon myself all those responsibilities which an art imposes on its adherents.

Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine

Chess first of all teaches you to be objective.

Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

Charles Buxton

The human element, the human flaw and the human nobility - those are the reasons that chess matches are won or lost.

Viktor Korchnoi

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever, when they are only wasting their time.

George Bernard Shaw

I study chess eight hours a day, on principle.

Alexander Alexandrovich Alekhine

Photography is a system of visual editing. At bottom, it is a matter of surrounding with a frame a portion of one's cone of vision, while standing in the right place at the right time. Like chess, or writing, it is a matter of choosing from among given possibilities, but in the case of photography the number of possibilities is not finite but infinite.

John Szarkowski

Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe.

Indian Proverb

Chess is intellectual gymnastics.

Wilhelm Steinitz

Human affairs are like a chess-game: only those who do not take it seriously can be called good players. Life is like an earthen pot: only when it is shattered, does it manifest its emptiness.

Seneca

Reading about baseball is a lot more interesting than reading about chess, but you have to wonder: Don't any of these guys ever go fishing?

Dave Shiflett

It is impossible to win gracefully at chess. No man has yet said "Mate!" in a voice which failed to sound to his opponent bitter, boastful and malicious.

A.A. Milne

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside of an advertising agency.

Raymond Chandler

Though I like the various forms of football in the world, I don't think they begin to compare with these two great Anglo-Saxon ball games for sophisticated elegance and symbolism. Baseball and cricket are beautiful and highly stylized medieval war substitutes, chess made flesh, a mixture of proud chivalry and base - in both senses - greed. With football we are back to the monotonous clashing armor of the brontosaurus.

John Fowles

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

Emo Philips

I achieved more than I could dream of in chess and in chess composing.

Yochanan Afek

Whatever plans we may make, we shall find quite useless when the time for action comes. Revolutions are always full of surprises, and whoever thinks he can play chess with a revolution will soon find how terrible is the grasp of God and how insignificant the human reason before the whirlwind of His breath. That man only is likely to dominate the chances of a Revolution, who makes no plans but preserves his heart pure for the will of God to declare itself. The great rule of life is to have no schemes but one unalterable purpose. If the will is fixed on the purpose it sets itself to accomplish, then circumstances will suggest the right course; but the schemer finds himself always tripped up by the unexpected.

Sri Aurobindo

There's so many lessons I get from chess, it's incredible, but I think the biggest thing for me has always been is that losing is learning.

Maurice Ashley

I see myself more as an ambassador of the game. And I hope to bring chess to a higher level in the United States. Making bigger tournaments, more interesting events. Making it a respectable profession for young people to be able to pursue in the future.

Maurice Ashley

The world is a game of chess; the loser loses and the winner wins.

Al-Afghani, Jamal al-Din

Chess is the art of analysis.

Mikhail Botvinnik

Everything is in a state of flux, and this includes the world of chess.

Mikhail Botvinnik

The boy doesn't have a clue about chess, and there's no future at all for him in this profession.

Mikhail Botvinnik

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