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.
- 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.
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.