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Al Alvarez Quotes

I could think of worse ways of going than at the poker table.

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I had attacked the British poets' nervous preference for gentility above all else.

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The point is that it looks like gambling because the language of the game is money.

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When you make a bet, you're saying something.

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I absolutely don't believe in anything. Full stop. Including luck.

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And if you can't keep your ego under control, it's going to cost you a lot of money.

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Yes, I think poker really isn't gambling.

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I think one of the interesting things about poker is that once you let your ego in, you're done for.

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I hate writing.

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Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.

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I'm good at reading people.

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I mean being a writer is like being a psychoanalyst, but you don't get any patients.

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The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play better than ordinary players at all.

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