Chess Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old chess quotes, chess sayings, and chess proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Chess is the gymnasium of the mind. Blaise Pascal
Age brings wisdom to some men, and to others chess. Evan Esar
Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders. Savielly Tartakower
Chess is the only game greater than its players. Tim Rice
The most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move. David Bronstein
The pawns are the soul of chess. Philidor
Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. Tarrasch
Chess is the art of analysis. Mikhail Botvinnik
What would Chess be without silly mistakes? Kurt Richter
Chess is like war on a board. Bobby Fischer
Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted. Vladimir Putin
Chess demands total concentration. Bobby Fischer
In Chess, just as in life, today's bliss may be tomorrow's poison. Assaic
You can only get good at Chess if you love the game. Bobby Fischer
Life is too short for chess. Byron
Chess is a good mistress, but a bad master. Gerald Abrahams
Those who say they understand Chess, understand nothing. Robert Hubner
The essence of Chess is thinking about what Chess is. David Bronstein
A bad day of Chess is better than any good day at work. unknown
The only thing chess players have in common is chess Lodewijk Prins
Chess is not for the timid. Irving Chernev
That's what Chess is all about. One day you give your opponent a lesson, the next day he gives you one. Bobby Fischer
Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess. Siegbert Tarrasch
Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe. Indian Proverb
When you see a good move, look for a better one. Dominic Lawson
Chess is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life. Edward Morgan Foster
All that matters on the chessboard is good moves. Bobby Fischer
Chess is the struggle against error. Johannes Zukertort
Chess is life and every game is like a new life. Eduard Gufeld
Chess is as much a mystery as women. Purdy
On the chess-board lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. Em. Lasker
Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic. Mikhail Botvinnik
Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess. William Napier
Chess, like love, is infectious at any age. Salo Flohr
It [chess] is eminently and emphatically the philosopher's game. Paul Morphy
Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways. Vladimir Kramnik
When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box. Irish Saying
There are more adventures on a chessboard than on all the seas of the world. Pierre Macorlan
Excellence at Chess is one mark of a scheming mind. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Every chess master was once a beginner. Chernev
Chess is a curse upon a man. H. G. Wells
Chess is played with the mind and not with the hands! Renaud and Kahn
Chess is above all, a fight! Emanuel Lasker
In Chess, as it is played by masters, chance is practically eliminated. Emanuel Lasker
Chess is a terrific way for kids to build self image and self esteem. Saudin Robovic
Chess is mental torture. Garry Kasparov)
Chess is not relaxing; it's stressful even if you win. Jennifer Shahade
You cannot play at Chess if you are kind-hearted. French Proverb
When in doubt... play Chess! Tevis
Chess can be described as the movement of pieces eating one another. Marcel Duchamp