A Quote by Lewis Carroll on chess, pawns, queens, advancement, queening, and promotion

'It's a great huge game of chess that's being played - all over the world - if this is the world at all, you know.  Oh, what fun it is!  How I wish I was one of them!  I wouldn't mind being a Pawn, if only I might join -- though of course I should like to be a Queen, best.'

She glanced rather shyly at the real Queen as she said this, but her companion only smiled pleasantly, and said, 'That's easily managed.  You can be the White Queen's Pawn, if you like, as Lily's too young to play; and you're in the Second Square to began with:  when you get to the Eighth Square you'll be a Queen - '

Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Source: Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Pages: Chapter 2

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A Quote by Marcel Duchamp on god, death, atheism, liberation, society, determinism, language, chess, play, and pataphysics

All this twaddle, the existence of God, atheism, determinism, liberation, societies, death, etc., are pieces of a chess game called language, and they are amusing only if one does not preoccupy oneself with 'winning or losing this game of chess.' 

Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

Source: The Box in a Valise, translated by David Britt (New Yorki: Rizzoli, 1989) p285

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A Quote by Yasser Sierawan on chess, computers, and fear

Describing one competitive advantage of IBM's Deep Blue chess computer. It has no fear.

Yasser Sierawan

Source: 1996

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Stanislaw Ulam on chess, drugs, happiness, kindness, mathematics, practice, reality, reason, unhappiness, and world

In many cases, mathematics is an escape from reality. The mathematician finds his own monastic niche and happiness in pursuits that are disconnected from external affairs. Some practice it as if using a drug. Chess sometimes plays a similar role. In their unhappiness over the events of this world, some immerse themselves in a kind of self-sufficiency in mathematics. (Some have engaged in it for this reason alone.)

Stanislaw Ulam

Source: Adventures of a Mathematician, Scribner's, New York, 1976.

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard on chess


I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855)

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Sébastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort on chess, heart, kindness, and people

People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.

Sebastien Roch Nicolas Chamfort (1741 - 1794)

Source: Maximes

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Robert Browning on chess, doubt, faith, and life

All we have gained then by our unbelief Is a life of doubt diversified by faith, For one of faith diversified by doubt: We called the chess-board white-we call it black.

Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

Source: Bishop Blougram’s Apology

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Richard David Bach on charm, thought, games, chess, winning, and surprise

That she won the game startled me cold. The way she won, the pattern of her thought on the chessboard, charmed me warm again and then some.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: The Bridge Across Forever, page 91

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Rex Guinn on acting, body, chess, children, day, enthusiasm, exercise, fortune, friendship, life, medicine, mind, mistakes, newspapers, questions, temptation, and work

Life after Fifty Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt doesn't work. The gleam in your eyes is from the sun hitting your bifocals. You feel like the night before and you haven't been anywhere. You get winded playing chess. Your children begin to look middle aged. You begin to outlive enthusiasm. Your mind makes contracts your body can't meet. You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions. You look forward to a dull evening. Your favorite part of the newspaper is 25 Years Ago Today. You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going. Your knees buckle and your belt won't. You reget all those mistakes resisting temptation. Dialing long distance wears you out. Your back goes out more than you do. A fortune teller offers to read your face. You burn the midnight oil after 9:00 pm. You sink your teeth into a steak and they stay there. You get your exercise acting as a pallbearer for your friends who exercise. You have too much room in the house & not enough room in the medicine cabinet. The best part of my day is over when the alarm goes off.

Rex Guinn

Source: Life after Fifty

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ralph Charell on chess and thinking

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.

Ralph Charell

Contributed by: Zaady

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