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...for chess, that superb, cold, infinitely satisfying anodyne to life, I feel the ardor of a lover, the humility of a disciple. – Herbert Russell Wakefield
* A man surprised is half beaten. – Proverb
* All that matters on the chessboard is good moves. – Bobby Fischer
* A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you're going to lose! – Savielly Tartakower
* A good player is always lucky. – José Raúl Capablanca
* Amberley excelled at chess—one mark, Watson, of a scheming mind. – Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story "The Adventure of the Retired Colourman"
* As a chess player one has to be able to control one’s feelings, one has to be as cold as a machine. – Levon Aronian
*Bishops move diagonally. That's why they often turn up where the kings don't expect them to be. – Small Gods
* Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Siegbert Tarrasch
* Chess is in its essence a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science. – Baron Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa
* Chess is the game which reflects most honour on human wit. – Voltaire
* Chess is eminently and emphatically the philosopher's game. – Paul Morphy
* Chess is the touchstone of intellect. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
* Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. – Indian proverb
* Chess is a terrible game. If you have no center, your opponent has a freer position. If you do have a center, then you really have something to worry about. – Siegbert Tarrasch
* Chess is mental torture. – Garry Kasparov
* Chess is so deep, I simply feel lost. – Vladimir Kramnik
* [Chess is] as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find anywhere outside an advertising agency. – Raymond Chandler in The Long Goodbye
* Chess is a fathead and feudal game – Georges Perec (in a book promoting Go)
* Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders – Savielly Tartakower
* Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for. – Hans Ree
* Chess is a beautiful mistress. – Bent Larsen
* Chess is life – Bobby Fischer
* Chess is like life – Boris Spassky
* Chess is everything – art, science, and sport. – Anatoly Karpov
* Chess is not relaxing; it's stressful even if you win. – Jennifer Shahade
* Chess is 99 percent tactics. – Richard Teichmann
* Chess is really 99 percent calculation – Andrew Soltis
* Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people. – Nigel Short
* Chess is as much a mystery as women – Cecil Purdy
* Chess you don't learn, chess you understand. – Viktor Korchnoi
*Every chess master was once a beginner. – Irving Chernev
* I'd rather have a pawn than a finger. – Reuben Fine
* It all depends: which pawn and which finger? – Roman Dzindzichashvili
* If chess is a Battle then Go is War – Anonymous
* It's the horsey-shape piece that moves in an L shape. It's what makes chess complicated, and why stupid people can't play chess. Go play checkers! Knights are the first piece you look at. They elevate the game. No chess master wants to lose her knights. – Courtney Love
* Life is too short for chess. – Lord Byron
* Life is a kind of chess. – Benjamin Franklin
* Life is like a game of Chess, changing with each move. – Lelouch Lamperouge
*Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all. – Bobby Fischer
*No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King. – Alexander Koblencs
* Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess. – attributed to both Irving Chernev and William Ewart Napier
* Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box – Italian proverb
* On the chessboard lies and hypocracy do not last long. Emanuel Lasker
* One bad move nullifies forty good ones. – Israel Albert Horowitz
*Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine. – Spielmann
* [The queen] sits at the top of the high places above the city. She is restless and determined. She girds her loins with strength. Her feet stay not in her house. She moves in every direction and into every corner. Her evolutions are wonderful, her spirit untiring. How comely are her footsteps as she moves diagonally, one step after another, from square to square!

— c. 12th century Spanish Hebrew text, attributed to Bonsenior ibn Yehia (qtd. in Marilyn Yalom, The Birth of the Chess Queen, pp. 54-55)
* The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. – Thomas Huxley
* The center of the chessboard is a magnet, which pulls to itself all the pieces. – Ashot Nadanian
* The pawns are the soul of chess. – François-André Danican Philidor
* The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made. – Savielly Tartakower
* The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. – Savielly Tartakower
* There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine. – Mikhail Tal
*Vimes had never got on with any game much more complex than darts. Chess in particular had always annoyed him. It was the dumb way the pawns went off and slaughtered their fellow pawns while the kings lounged about doing nothing that always got to him; if only the pawns united, maybe talked the rooks round, the whole board could've been a republic in a dozen moves. – Thud!
*When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box – Irish saying contributed by Etienne Goldstein
*You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted. – French Proverb

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A very nice collection. Thanks for sharing.

Vycent1985Brazil flag
*Chess is particularly trainer, both in the intellectual plane as in the trial. - René Haby

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MrDJRVDNetherlands flag
"Don't be afraid of losing,
be afraid of playing and not learning something."
-Dan Heisman

"When you absolutly don't know what to do anymore
it is time to panic."

MrDJRVDNetherlands flag
*Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. - Italian proverb
*When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box. - Irish saying

Italian or Irish?, or maybe American with Irish and Italian roots?

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