Rummy Quotations and Sayings

The following are some on-topic quotations about Rummy games, card games, and life in general, in no particular order:

Rummy is played by more people in more ways than any other game.

John Scarne

Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.

Charles Lamb

Canasta is inevitable, you might as well relax and enjoy it.

Richard L. Frey

Rummy is the best-known of all card games played in the United States. Its popularity is due partly to the fact that it is so simple. Any person with a knowledge of the basic game can easily learn any form of it.

Albert H. Morehead

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.

Albert Einstein

The player who approaches Gin with the notion that it requires neither science nor art inevitably departs suffering from abrasion of the bankroll and laceration of the ego.

Irwin Steig

If you play your cards right things are going to happen in the long run. In the short run, it is anybody's guess.

Ron Livingston

True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.

John Hay

Hollywood adopted Rummy in the late 1930's and early 1940's and the well-heeled residents of Beverly Hills and Malibu turned it into a fad that swept the USA.

Brian Burns

There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness.

Dave Barry

The Gin game depends far less on luck than poker does. There are a lot of poker players who are also Gin players. They go back and forth between two games and they all agree that Gin is a better game.

John Hainline

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.

Jack London

Man is a game-playing animal and a computer is another way to play games.

Scott Adams

Rummy is one of the easiest of all card games to learn. More people understand the rules of Rummy than of any other card game.

Albert H. Morehead

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.


The vast majority of card games are folk games: they do not have official rules of univeral applicability, but are played in slightly different ways from town to town, from club to club, from home to home, sometimes even from day to day by the same group of players.

David Parlett

Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other.

Charles Lamb

When luck joins the game, cleverness scores double.

Yiddish Proverb

The only truly immortal human being on record is an Englishman named Edmond Hoyle, who was born in 1679 and buried in 1769, but who has never really died.

Richard L. Frey

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.

Josh Billings

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Finley Peter Dunne

If you were to put together a 'Greatest Hits' list for card games, you'd have to put Rummy at the top of the list. Probably more people have played Rummy than any other card game.

Susan Perry

Rummy players all over the country are turning, or have turned, to Gin Rummy, forsaking their old loves and concentrating on this delightful and scientific version.

Samuel Fry

Some of my happiest memories are of my family sitting around the table playing a card game. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had a lot of fun playing games together.


We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.


A beginner with any native common sense can play passable Rummy.

Albert H. Morehead

No matter what your circumstances are in life, a simple card game can make you feel special and give great joy, if only for a few fleeting moments.


It is a great piece of skill to know how to guide your luck even while waiting for it.

Baltasar Gracian

Rummy is a wonderful two-handed game which fills with pleasure an evening at home, and in the form of Canasta can easily be expanded to include three, four or six players with added enjoyment.

Florence Osborn

Recreation is not the highest kind act of enjoyment; but in its time and place it is quite as proper as prayer.

Samuel Irenaeu Prime

When the cards are dealt, I just want to destroy people.

Stu Ungar

In the western United States many commercial clubs flourish devoted principally to furnishing their habitues with 'Pan' games.

Albert Morehead and Geoffrey Mott-Smith

If you could place all the Rummikub® tiles manufactured end to end, they would make a line that would circle the Earth two and a half times.

Gin Rummy has been popular and is gaining in popularity for a variety of reasons. Although it is a game of great skill, its basic rules are simple to learn; a young child can play at it.

Samuel Fry

The game isn't over until it's over.

Yogi Berra

Life is like a hand of cards. You have to play the hand you're dealt, you can't win by folding, and sometimes you must take chances in order to win.

Mike Conner

Skill plays a predominant role in the majority of hands in Gin Rummy and, especially over the long run, the more skilled player is bound to prevail and win more!


An estimated 100 million people play Gin Rummy worldwide with 50 million in the United States alone.


Gin Rummy reached its peak of popularity during World War II, when it was taken up with much publicity by a number of Hollywood film stars, who used it to fill in time between takes. It then became an essential part of sophisticated adult social life.

Brian Burns

One should always play fair when one has the winning cards.

Oscar Wilde

This newest fad is a riproaring, high-scoring game of the rummy family. It combines the melding features of pinochle, the building principle of gin and some of the partnership elements of bridge. What a Canasta player needs most is endurance.

TIME Magazine, 1949

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki

I must complain the cards are ill shuffled, till I have a good hand.

Jonathan Swift

Canasta embodies the principles of building card combinations as in Gin, the melding of Pinochle, the partnership understanding of Bridge, and deception of Poker, plus the offense, defense, and cunning of competitive sports. If you love your neighbor, don't play Canasta with him.

Ralph Michaels

Panguingue has achived notable popularity in the Southwest United States and on the Pacific Coast; in this region there are many many public gaming houses devoted to "Pan".

Richard Frey

Canasta is a new game that bids fair to rival Bridge as a popular partnership game for four players. It's fast, exciting and dramatic; a single play, according to experts, can make a difference of 5,000 points.

Albert H. Morehead

Has fortune dealt you some bad cards? Then let wisdom make you a good gamester.

Francis Quarles

Cards are one means of bridging differences in age and habits, drawing children and parents, old and new friends together in fair and friendly competition.

Florence Osborn

In Poker "sandbagging" is often outlawed. Not so in Canasta! Just the opposite! You must learn to hold up melds, make false discards, end play your opponent, and employ all the deceptive tactics at your command.

Ralph Michaels

They say you have to be good to be lucky, but I think you have to be lucky to be good.

Rico Carty

Canasta is the game of the hour. Newly imported from South America, where it is played with great skill and enthusiasm, Canasta is rapidly becoming a favorite card game of players here and abroad.

Florence Osborn, 1949

Although Gin-Rummy is a simple card game to learn and start playing, it's quite a difficult game to fully master and play consistently well.


So simple is the basic game of Rummy that the best way to learn it is to just play it.

Walter B. Gibson

Rummy is deservedly popular because it is easy to learn, fast to play, suitable for all ages, playable by any number, and as suitable for gamblers as for missionaries - though perhaps not both at once.

David Parlett

Since its introduction to the United States, Canasta has become a lasting addition to the family of card games.

Whitman Publishing

Increasing thousands of ardent fans pronounce Canasta, the fascinating game from the Argentine, the "game of the decade".

Shaw-Barton, Coshocton Ohio

The basic theories of skillful play are so easily learned that, with a fair degree of luck, anyone who has played Canasta a few times can beat the most experienced opponents.

Richard L. Frey

A card room without a Hoyle is like a hotel room without a Bible.

Charles Goren

The Gin Rummy buff is a real dyed-in-the wool devotee of his favorite game. His family sees very little of him unless they play too. To him baseball is for small boys, bridge for eggheads and women, golf for out-of-door fiends, movies and television for lazy people, poker for tough guys and canasta for sissies. But Gin Rummy? That's for him!

Samuel Fry

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharlal Nehru