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1,056. And how am I to face the odds,
Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?
I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made. (Life’s Like That & God & World & Odds) A E Housman, Last Poems 1922
1,079. I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is 6 to 5 against. (Life’s Like That & Odds) Damon Runyan
2,139. Life is a gamble at terrible odds – if it was a bet, you wouldn’t take it. (Life’s Like That & Gamble & Bet & Odds) Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 1967
2,626. Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten. (Science & Exist & Odds) Terry Pratchett, Mort
3,990. For Earth to even exist it had to overcome astronomic odds. (Earth & Odds & Universe) How the Universe Works s2e8: Birth of the Earth
21,977. I backed a horse today at twenty to one. He came in twenty past four. (Horse & Betting & Gambling & Odds) Tommy Cooper
17,067. On Breeders’ Cup day 2002 one lucky better beat the odds and became the only winner of the Pick 6 Multi-Million Dollar Jackpot. (Gangs: Australia & Betting & Horseracing & Australia & Odds) Masterminds: A Day at the Races
17,068. Mastermind Chris Harn had found a way to turn a 1,000,000 to 1 longshot into a $3,000,000 sure thing. (Gangs: Australia & Betting & Horseracing & Australia & Odds) ibid.
18,956. I’m rich! Five grand at eight to one. (Gangs US: New Jersey & Bet & Odds & Mafia & Mafia: US) The Sopranos: Pie-O-My s4e5 starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Ralph at races
20,579. I don’t make bad bets; seven-five twenty-five that’s it. (GBH Films & Bet & Odds & Pool) The Hustler 1961 starring Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason & Piper Laurie & George C Scott & Myron McCormick & Murray Hamilton & Michael Constantine & Stefan Gierasch & Clifford Pellow & Jake LaMotta & Gordon B Clarke et al, director Robert Rossen, Shark to Fast Eddie
66,562. The Lottery only pays back 45% of the money it takes in, far far worse than any casino game. (Chance & Odds) Professor David Spiegelhalter, Tails You Win: The Science of Chance, BBC 2012
68,688. ‘We were 50/1.’ (Cricket & Odds) Hall of Fame: Never Say Never, Imran Khan
83,528. It never yet did hurt
To lay down likelihoods and forms of hope. William Shakespeare, II Henry IV (II) I iii 34-35, Hastings to others
66,557. Against ill chances men are ever merry,
But heaviness foreruns the good event. (Chance & Odds) William Shakespeare, Henry IV part II ii 81, Archbishop
83,530. There is diversity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance or death. (Odds & Chance & Numbers) William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor V i 3
74,911. Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against me. (Golf & Odds) Arnold Palmer
98,550. Stanley (to Mitch): Well, what did he say?
Mitch: He said he’d give us even money.
Stanley: Naw! We gotta have odds! Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire, opening scene