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Originally published on Mastering Bridge in September 2008

Here are some of my favorite bridge quotes.

“If you have the slightest touch of masochism, you’ll love this game.” 

“Bridge is a great comfort in old age. It also helps you get there faster.”
-Rueful Rabbit 

“The difference between genius and stupidity at the bridge table is that genius has its limits.”

“We had a partnership misunderstanding. My partner assumed I knew what I was doing.” 

“Your play was much better tonight and so were your excuses.”    

“Where’s the hand you held during the auction?”  
-Jan Nanitschke when he saw the dummy. 

 
“It’s not the handling of difficult hands that makes the winning player. There aren’t enough of them. It’s the ability to avoid messing up the easy ones.” 
-S. J. Simon  

“I’d like a review of the bidding with all of the original inflections.”  
-George Kaufman

“Regardless of what sadistic impulses we may harbor, winning bridge means helping partner avoid mistakes.”
-Frank Stewart   

“I favor light opening bids. When you’re my age, you and never be sure that the bidding will get back around to you.”
-Oswald Jacoby at 77. 

Alfred Sheinwold Quotables

“The real test of a bridge player isn’t in keeping out of trouble, but in escaping once he’s in.”  

“One advantage of bad bidding is that you get practice at playing atrocious contracts.”   

“Learn from the mistake of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” 

“No  five trick set should be considered a complete failure. It can always be used as a bad example.”  
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