dice of Zeus fall ever luckily
- Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.) (Phædra Fragment
"God’s dice always
have a lucky roll
- Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.) (Fragments 1, 763)
"Alea jacta est
(The die is cast)
- Julius Caesar (January 10, 49 BC)
"Metheglin, wort, and
malmsey: well run, dice!
Labour's Lost" Act V Scene II (1598))
"Be these the wretches
that we play’d at dice for?
("Henry the Fifth"
Act IV Scene V (1600))
"Do the low-rated
English play at dice;
("Henry the Fifth"
Act IV Chorus (1600))
Hercules and Lichas play at dice
Which is the better man, the greater throw
May turn by fortune from the weaker hand:
of Venice" Act II Scene I (1600))
"Indeed, my lord,
he lent it me awhile; and I gave him use for it, a
double heart for a single one:
marry, once before he won it of me with
false dice, therefore your Grace may well say I have lost it.
about Nothing" Act II Scene I (1600))
"Keep a gamester
from the dice, and a good student from his book, and it is wonderful.
Wives of Winsor" Act III Scene I (1602))
"Wine lov’d I dearly,
dice dearly; and in woman out-paramour’d the Turk:
Act III Scene IV (1608))
"He hath spoken true;
the very dice obey him.
Cleopatra" Act II Scene III (1623))
"...As dice are to be wish’d
by one that fixes ...
Tale" Act I Scene II (1623))
Freedom! I retire
From flattery, cards, and dice, and din:
Nor art thou found in mansions higher
Than the low cot, or humble inn.
‘Tis here with boundless pow’r I reign;
And ev’ry health which I begin
Converts dull port to bright champagne;
Such Freedom crowns it, at an inn.
- William Shenstone (1714–1763)
"The world is the
house of the strong.
I shall not know until the end
what I have lost or won in this place,
in this vast gambling den where
I have spent more than sixty years,
dicebox in hand, shaking the dice.
- Denis Diderot (1713–1784) (Elements of Physiology,
"I have a notion that
gamblers are as happy as most people,
excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now &
but every turn of the card & cast of the dice keeps the
-besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any
- Lord Byron (1788-1824) ("Detached Thoughts, no. 33" (1821-1822))
"Whose game was
empires and whose stakes were
Whose table earth, whose dice were human bones.
- Lord Byron (1788-1824) ("Age of Bronze" Stanza 3 (1823))
dice of God are always loaded"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) (“Compensation,” Essays, First
"The first steps in
Agriculture, Astronomy, Zoölogy
(those first steps
which the farmer, the hunter, and the sailor take),
teach that nature’s
dice are always loaded;
that in her heaps and rubbish are concealed
sure and useful results."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) ("Nature" 1836, revised and repr.
gold-digger in the ravines of the mountains is as much a gambler as
his fellow in the saloons of San Francisco.
What difference does it
make whether you shake dirt or shake dice? If you win, society is the
- Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) (“Life Without Principle” (1863))
me today, for once, the worst throw of your dice, destiny. Today I
transmute everything into gold."
- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) (Unpublished fragments dating to
November 1882 - February 1883)
"Appeal. In law, to
put the dice into the box for another throw.
- Ambrose Bierce ("The Devil’s Dictionary" (1881-1906))
"Often beneath the
wave, wide from this ledge
The dice of drowned men’s bones he saw bequeath
- Hart Crane (1899–1932)
shall never believe that God plays dice with the world"
Einstein ("Einstein, His Life and Times", Philipp Frank (1947))
"God does not play
dice [with the universe"
- Albert Einstein (Quoted by Banesh Hoffman in "Albert Einstein")
conceit and motion to rehearse
Pastoral terrors of youth still in the man,
Torsions of sleep, in emblematic verse
Rattling like dice unless the verse shall scan
All chance away....
- Allen Tate (1899–1979) (“The Maimed Man” (1952))
"Yeah? It also
happens that people win with loaded dice.
- Marlin Brando (as Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls" (1955))
other references including the song "Luck
be a Lady
"Surely the day will
come when color means nothing more than skin tone,
when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one’s soul;
places have the weight of a throw of the dice
and all men are born
free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
- Josephine Baker (1906–1975) (1963)
"You got to roll me
and call me the tumblin',
Roll me and call me the tumblin' dice.
- Rolling Stones ("Tumblin' Dice" Album: Exile on Mainstreet (1972))
go on and roll the dice
"You only live twice
do it or die."
- Atlanta Rhythm Section ("Do It Or Die" Album: Underdog (1979))
"The gods may throw the dice
Their minds as cold as ice.
And someone way down here
Loses someone dear.
- ABBA ( "Winner Takes It All" Album: Super Trouper (1980))
"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded"
- Leonard Cohen ("Everybody Knows" Album : I'm Your Man (1988))
the dice behind your shades"
- Paul Westerberg ("Dice Behind Your Shades" Album: 14 Songs
"When everyday is a risk ... cards and dice are not
as interesting as they used to be"
- Lando Molari ("Darkness Ascending" Babylon 5 (June 3 1998))
Throw them again
All Gods’ dice"
- Pearl Jam ("God's Dice" Album: Binaural (2000))
"Oft have I played
at cards and dice,
Because they were so enticing;
But this is a sad and sorrowful day
To see my apron rising.
- Unknown Author (The Rantin Laddie)
God throws the dice are loaded" - Greek Proverb
"Never play dice with a guy named Bones" - unknown
may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall.