- I have a weakness for any piece in excess of my opponent's numbers - from pawn to queen.
- Quoted in Vik L Vasilev, "Tigran Petrosian His Life and Games" (Batsford, London, 1974) p.166.
- Chess is a game by its form, an art by its content and a science by the difficulty of gaining mastery in it. Chess can convey as much happiness as a good book or work of music can.
- Some consider that when I play I am excessively cautious, but it seems to me that the question may be a different one. I try to avoid chance. Those who rely on chance should play cards or roulette. Chess is something quite different.
- They say my chess games should be more interesting. I could be more interesting - and also lose.
- Petrosian was a player who spent more time considering his opponent’s possibilities than his own.