card used as one of a set for playing card games
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Playing cards are pieces of specially prepared heavy paper, thin cardboard, or thin plastic, figured with distinguishing motifs and used as one of a set for playing card games. Playing cards are typically palm-sized for convenient handling.
- Paciencia y barajar.
- Patience and shuffle the cards.
- Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote (1615), Volume II, 23.
- It is explained in this essay that the whole of the Tarot is based upon the Tree of Life, and that the Tree of Life is always cognate with Tetragrammaton.
- With spots quadrangular of diamond form,
Ensanguined hearts, clubs typical of strife,
And spades, the emblems of untimely graves.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book IV, The Winter Evening, line 217.
- He's a sure card.
- John Dryden, The Spanish Friar (1681), Act II, scene 2.
- The pictures placed for ornament and use,
The twelve good rules, the royal game of goose.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 231.
- You tell me of the French playing at whist; why, I found it established when I was last here. I told them they were very good to imitate us in anything, but that they had adopted the two dullest things we have, Whist and Richardson's Novels.
- Horace Walpole, in a letter from Paris, September 27, 1767, to Sir Horace Mann, 1st Baronet, as quoted in Greenwood, Alice Drayton, ed (1914). Select Letters of Horace Walpole. London: G. Bell & Sons. p. 252.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 89-90.
- Cards were at first for benefits designed,
Sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
- David Garrick, epilogue to Edward Moore's Gamester.
- A clear fire, a clean hearth, and the rigour of the game.
- Charles Lamb, Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist.
- Vous ne jouez donc pas le whist, monsieur? Hélas! quelle triste vieilesse vous vous préparez!
- You do not play then at whist, sir! Alas, what a sad old age you are preparing for yourself!
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.