22 Checkmate Quotes On Success In Life

These checkmate quotes will inspire you. Checkmate is a game position in chess and other chess-like games in which a player’s king is in check (threatened with capture) and there is no possible escape.

Below you will find a collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging checkmate quotes, checkmate sayings, and checkmate proverbs.

Best Checkmate Quotes

  1. “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.” ~ Isaac Asimov
  2. “On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long” ~ Emanuel Lasker
  3. “… the woman who grows up with the idea that she is simply to be an amiable animal, to be caressed and coaxed, is invariably a bitterly disappointed woman. A game of chess will cure such a conceit forever. The woman that knows the most, thinks the most, feels the most, is the most. Intellectual affection is the only lasting love. Love that has a game of chess in it can checkmate any man and solve the problem of life.” ~ Charles Dickens
  4. “The rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature.” ~ Thomas Huxley

  5. “We all play chess with Fate as partner. He makes a move, we make a move. He tries to checkmate us in three moves, we try to prevent it. We know we can’t win, but we’re driven to give him a good fight.” ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer
  6. “When neither party can give checkmate, the game is drawn” ~ Howard Staunton
  7. “Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.” ~ Jedediah Berry
  8. “In the name of God! You, demon, born in the dark! I seal you here! Checkmate!” ~ Arina Tanemura

  9. “Death is not a checkmate…it is more like a carnival trick. You cannot win, no matter how you move your Queen.” ~ Catherynne M. Valente
  10. “I’m never gonna wait that extra twenty minutes to text you back, and I’m never gonna play hard to get when I know your life has been hard enough already. When we all know everyone’s life has been hard enough already it’s hard to watch the game we make of love, like everyone’s playing checkers with their scars, saying checkmate whenever they get out without a broken heart. Just to be clear I don’t want to get out without a broken heart. I intend to leave this life so shattered there’s gonna have to be a thousand separate heavens for all of my flying parts.” ~ Andrea Gibson
  11. “On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in the checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite.” ~ Emanuel Lasker
  12. “Modern Chess is too much concerned with things like Pawn structure. Forget it, Checkmate ends the game” ~ Nigel Short

  13. “If you look at the democratic process as a game of chess, there have to be many, many moves before you get to checkmate. And simply because you do not make any checkmate in three moves does not mean it’s stalemate. There’s a vast difference between no checkmate and stalemate. This is what the democratic process is like.” ~ Aung San Suu Kyi
  14. “Whoever sees no other aim in the game than that of giving checkmate to one’s opponent will never become a good Chess player” ~ Max Euwe
  15. “I’ll listen to you, but you need to treat me with a little respect. Because it doesn’t sound like I’m a pawn. Sounds like I’m more of a queen.” A vein in his temple began to throb, and she grew bolder, the sense of power emanating from the mark on her chest filing her with the mettle she’d lost after the break-in two years ago. Lowering her voice to a tense whisper, she nipped his earlobe. “Checkmate.” ~ Larissa Ione
  16. “In life, as in Chess, ones own Pawns block ones way. A mans very wealth, ease, leisure, children, books, which should help him to win, more often checkmate him” ~ Charles Buxton

  17. “The friend who knows a lot more than you do will bring difficulties, and grief, and sickness, as medicine, as happiness, as the essence of the moment when you’re beaten when you hear Checkmate, and can finally say, I trust you to kill me.” ~ Rumi
  18. “The strong are strengthened by reverses; the trouble is that the true meaning of events scores next to nothing in the match we play with men. Appearances decide our gains or losses and the points are trumpery. And a mere semblance of defeat may hopelessly checkmate us.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  19. “The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us.” ~ Thomas Huxley
  20. “Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself.” ~ Savielly Tartakower

  21. “In mathematics, if I find a new approach to a problem, another mathematician might claim that he has a better, more elegant solution. In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him.” ~ Emanuel Lasker
  22. “If I’m too old to be Emo, how do you account for the very Emo and very old Edgar Allan Poe? Checkmate!” ~ John Green

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