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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.
- Paciencia y barajar.
- It is explained in this essay that the whole of the Tarot is based upon the Tree of Life, and that the Tree of Life is always cognate with Tetragrammaton.
- 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.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 231.
- You tell me of the French playing at whist; why, I found it established when I was last here. I told them they were very good to imitate us in anything, but that they had adopted the two dullest things we have, Whist and Richardson's Novels.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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.
- David Garrick, epilogue to Edward Moore's Gamester.
- A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.
- Charles Lamb, Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist.
- Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous préparez!
- You do not play then at whist, sir! Alas, what a sad old age you are preparing for yourself!
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.