All our lives are symbols. Everything we do is part of a pattern we have at least some say in. The strong make their own patterns and influence other people’s, the weak have their courses mapped out for them. The weak and the unlucky, and the stupid.
The astonishing debut novel The Wasp Factory (1984) by Scottish writer Ian Banks. Dark, twisted and perverse, the controversial story tells of a 17 year old and his violent tendencies.
Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. Unless he is both able and prepared to see himself as others do, flaws and all, he will be a loser in cards, as in life.
English writer, broadcaster, critic, and keen poker, Anthony Holden (1947 – )
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
Dr Seuss (also known as The Cat in the Hat) from the books by author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904 – 1991).The quote is also loosely attributed to financial financier and presidential advisor Bernard Mannes Baruch (1870 – 1965).
Sir Robert Chilton: I was twenty-two at the time, and I had the double misfortune of being well-born and poor, two unforgiveable things nowadays. Is it fair that the folly, the sin of one’s youth, if men choose to call it a sin, should wreck a life like mine, should place me in the pillory, should shatter all that I have worked for, all that I have built up. Is it fair, Arthur? Lord Goring: Life is never fair, Robert. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.
Taken from Act II of the Oscar Wilde play ‘An Ideal Husband’ (1895)