Playing cards

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With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.

Playing cards are pieces of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, or thin plastic, figured with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.

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  • With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
    Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
    And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
    • William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book IV, The Winter Evening, line 217.
  • He's a sure card.
    • John Dryden, The Spanish Friar (1681), Act II, scene 2.
  • The pictures placed for ornament and use,
    The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 89-90.
  • Cards were at first for benefits designed,
    Sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
  • A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.
  • Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous préparez!

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