All my games were political games. ~ Indira Gandhi
Games lubricate the body and the mind. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Games are activities involving structured playing, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes used as an educational tool. Games are often distinguished from work, which is usually carried out for remuneration, and from art, which is more often an expression of aesthetic or ideological elements; however, the distinction is not clear-cut, and many games are also considered to be work or art.


  • Mazer laughed a loud laugh that filled the room. "Ender you never played me. You never played a game since I became your enemy.
  • For a moment the general did not reply; he was smiling his curious red-lipped smile. Then he said slowly, "No. You are wrong, sir. The Cape buffalo is not the most dangerous big game." He sipped his wine. "Here in my preserve on this island," he said in the same slow tone, "I hunt more dangerous game."
    Rainsford expressed his surprise. "Is there big game on this island?"
    The general nodded. "The biggest."
  • Games lubricate the body and the mind.
    • Benjamin Franklin, as quoted in Edge-Tools of Speech (1899) by Maturin Murray Ballou, p. 177.
  • All my games were political games; I was, like Joan of Arc, perpetually being burned at the stake.
    • Indira Gandhi, as quoted in The New York Times Biographical Service (1971), Vol. 2, p. 4027.
  • Joshua: Strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?
    • WarGames written by Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes
  • Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
    • Michael Jordan, as quoted in The Victory Letters : Inspiration for the Human Race (2003), by Cheri Ruskus, Letter 32, p. 68.
  • I've missed more than nine thousand shots in my career. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
    • Michael Jordan, as quoted in Whoever Makes the Most Mistakes Wins : The Paradox of Innovation (2003), by Richard Farson and Ralph Keyes, p. 32.
  • Consider Wittgenstein's paradigmatic question about defining "game." The problem is that there is no property common to all games, so that the most usual kinds of definition fail. Not every game has a ball, nor two competing teams; even, sometimes, there is no notion of "winning." In my view, the explanation is that a word like "game" points to a somewhat diffuse "system" of prototype frames, among which some frame-shifts are easy, but others involve more strain.
  • It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
  • Near: If you cannot win at the game, if you cannot solve the puzzle, you are just another loser.
  • L: It's not a sense of justice. Figuring out difficult cases is my hobby. If you measured good and evil deeds by current laws, I would be responsible for many crimes. The same way you all like to solve mysteries and riddles, or clear video games more quickly. For me too, it's simply prolonging something I enjoy doing. That's why I only take on cases that pique my interest. It's not justice at all. And if it means being able to clear a case, I don't play fair, I'm a dishonest, cheating human being who hates losing.
    • Death Note ch. 109 (Death Note One-Shot Special) by Tsugumi Ohba
  • When I was about 10, I remember I campaigned for months to convince my parents that the 'Game Boy' was not in fact just for boys. Eventually I won the debate and got my first portable gaming device the following Christmas. So even though I’ve always been enthusiastic about games, I’ve also always been bothered and disappointed with the way women were represented much of the time.
  • I want to play a game...
  • Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
    • George Will, in Men at Work : The Craft of Baseball (1990), p. 294.

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