Robert Byrne

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.
Robert Byrne

Anybody who believes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach flunked geography.
Robert Byrne

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne

Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.’
Robert Byrne

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
Robert Byrne

Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo.
Robert Byrne

Getting caught is the mother of invention.
Robert Byrne

Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.
Robert Byrne

Partying is such sweet sorrow.
Robert Byrne

To err is human, to purr feline.
Robert Byrne

Until you walk a mile in another man’s moccasins you can’t imagine the smell.
Robert Byrne

No one ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have tried while trying to write one.
Robert Byrne

Prejudices save time.
Robert Byrne

One reason people get divorced is that they run out of gift ideas.
Robert Byrne

A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life.
Robert Byrne

Memorial Service: Farewell party for someone who already left.
Robert Byrne

Byrne’s Law: In any electrical circuit, appliances and wiring will burn out to protect fuses.
Robert Byrne

Once-dominant games like straight pool and three-cushion billiards have lost ground to eight-ball – the game of choice for millions of tavern league players – and nine-ball, the preeminent tournament game.
Robert Byrne

If the numbers keep mounting, newspapers will eventually have to admit that pool exists and give it some coverage.
Robert Byrne

A game is great, in my view, only if it can be played happily by a sane person of at least average intelligence for several hours a day for fifty years. Both pool and billiards qualify.
Robert Byrne

If you know a good player who is tempted by pool hustling, introduce him at once to a career guidance counselor, a psychotherapist, or a surgeon who does lobotomies.
Robert Byrne

Petty thievery is a more profitable job than pool hustling, which it resembles, requires far less talent and training, and is equally devoid of promise.
Robert Byrne

It’s easy to make a cue last a lifetime. Don’t boil it or freeze it in the trunk of a car. Don’t lean it against a wall for years. If you lose a game to a complete idiot, hit the edge of the table in anger with something other than your cue.
Robert Byrne

There is money to be made giving trick-shot shows at schools, clubs, tournaments, and even shopping centers. Pool shows on television almost always include a few fancy shots.
Robert Byrne

To apply spin with security, you must learn to make a snug bridge with your forefinger looped over the cue. When you hit the cueball, follow straight through; don’t let your cue rise in the air after impact.
Robert Byrne

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