About Bridge: Quotes

About Bridge: Quotes

By Alex J. Coyne © 2017 Great Bridge Links

Bridge can refer to a card game, several hundred thousand famous bridges or a TV series known as The Bridge. Collecting bridge quotes that are actually about the game of bridge was no easy task, but here you have it. Take a look at some of the best bridge quotes we could track down.

Quotable quotes

My father worked, and my mother played bridge. Every time I went out of the house, I was chauffeur-driven with my nanny next to me to stop me being kidnapped.”

– J. G. Ballard

The approach and strategies are very similar in that you gather all the information you can and then keep adding to that base of information as things develop. You do whatever the probabilities indicated based on the knowledge that you have at that time, but you are always willing to modify your behaviour or your approach as you get new information. In bridge, you behave in a way that gets the best from your partner. And in business, you behave in the way that gets the best from your managers and your employees.

– Warren Buffett (in “Buffet on Bridge”)

“It’s a game of a million inferences. There are a lot of things to draw inferences from — cards played and not played. These inferences tell you something about the probabilities. It’s got to be the best intellectual exercise out there. You’re seeing through new situations every ten minutes. Bridge is about weighing gain/loss ratios. You’re doing calculations all the time.”

Warren Buffett (in Forbes, issue 2 June 1997)

“Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day.”

– Warren Buffett

“Bridge is the most entertaining and intelligent card game the wit of man has so far devised.”

– W. Somerset Maugham

“No matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table.”

– Martina Navratilova

“Many games provide fun, but Bridge grips you. It exercises your mind. Your mind can rust, you know, but Bridge prevents the rust from forming.”

– Omar Sharif

“In bridge clubs and in councils of state, the passions are the same.”

– Mason Cooley

“One advantage of bad bidding is that you get practice at playing atrocious contracts.”

– Alfred Sheinwold

“The real test of a Bridge player isn’t in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he’s in.”

– Alfred Sheinwold

“I can always tell a good man by the way he plays Bridge: hard and long.”

– Mae West

“Bridge is too important to take seriously.”

– Oscar Wilde

“Old Bridge players never die; they just lose their finesse.”

– General Douglas MacArthur

“Bridge is a great comfort in your old age. It also helps you get there faster.”

– Attributed to The Rueful Rabbit, a character created by Victor Mollo

“If you four people want to play bridge, don’t mind me, go right ahead.”

Groucho Marx in A Night at the Opera

“I favor light opening bids. When you’re my age, you’re never sure they’re going to get back to you in time.”

– Oswald Jacoby