Lasker's Manual of Chess (1925)
New York: Dover, 1960
- On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of lies; the merciless fact, culmination in checkmate, contradicts the hypocrites.
- p. IX and 235 in the 1960 Dover edition; p. 183 in the 2008 edition
- Our efforts in chess attain only a hundredth of one percent of their rightful result...Our education, in all domains of endeavour, is frightfully wasteful of time and values.
- p. 337
- Education in Chess has to be an education in independent thinking and judging. Chess must not be memorized...
- p. 337
- You should keep in mind no names, nor numbers, nor isolated incidents, not even results, but only methods..The method produces numerous results; a few of these will remain in our memory, and as long as they remain few, they are useful to illustrate and to keep alive the rules which order a thousand results.
- p. 338
- He who wants to educate himself in Chess must evade what is dead in Chess...the habit of playing with inferior opponents; the custom of avoiding difficult tasks; the weakness of uncritically taking over variations or rules discovered by others; the vanity which is self-sufficient; the incapacity for admitting mistakes; in brief, everything that leas to standstill or to anarchy.
- p. 338
In mathematics, if I find a new approach to a problem, another mathematician might claim that he has a better, more elegant solution. In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him.
The hardest game to win is a won game.
"Only one," he replied. "But it's always the best move." (When asked how many moves he considered when analyzing a chess position)