Always try to rub against money, for if you rub against money long enough, some of it may rub off on you. (A Very Honorable Guy) I long ago come to the conclusion that all life is six to five against. (A Nice Price)
Compare with Tom Stoppard in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: "Life is a gamble, at terrible odds — if it was a bet you wouldn't take it."
You felt he was laughing at the world, not with it.Damon Runyon
Under no circumstances does he get good natured until noon. If he has to get up early in the morning you have to converse with him in signs most of the day because he pants so hard that his mouth cannot open in conversation. He is a lovely travelling companion, if he happens to be in the next coach.Damon Runyon