I was about ten years old when I played my first game of chess. I love the game but have never been very good at it. My favorite piece is the knight.. I love how it moves so different than all of the other pieces. In remembrance of my chess game (or lack of it) I give you a few quotes that speak to the game and to life:

In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. -Isaac Asimov

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing. -Emo Philips

You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas. -Stanley Kubrick

I failed to make the chess team because of my height.” -Woody Allen

My problem with chess was that all my pieces wanted to end the game as soon as possible. -Dave Barry

In life, as in chess, forethought wins. -Charles Buxton

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

Personally, I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world chess championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility. -Richard Dawkins


  1. These are great quotes...

    My grandson (9) wants to learn to play chess... my husband has been playing chess for years.

    Sounds like a perfect match...Granddpa will teach Nick to play chess....

    Problem ~~ My husband confides in me after one lesson.... "Babe, I just love playing the game...I'm not a teacher" There is certainly a difference between playing the game to win... and teaching a 9 year old...He will keep trying (((smile)))

  2. Great comment Wanda! It is one thing to teach someone the rules of the game.. and the rules of life.. but to teach them how to live and play the game well.. I guess that is something different entirely :)

  3. I wish I was a better chess player, it would probably make me better at the game of life! ^_^ BTW - I have enjoyed your recent blogs and used some of them in my new favorite website - Wordle - you can see what I made from your words here: Kansas Bob's recent blogs!Enjoy!

  4. I find it very ironic that Richard Dawkins, the most famous atheists in the world and one of the most arrogant people I've ever seen, said that "Humanity needs a lesson in humility."

    Anyone who say the movie "Expelled" will know what I mean.

  5. Perhaps Dawkins protesteth too much?


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