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A THING OF BEAUTY
Robert Byrne
October 09, 1978
The graceful, solid dignity of an English Billiards table bespeaks the charm of a game that in its varied forms—billiards, snooker or just plain pool—has fascinated its devoted followers since the invention of the cue tip.
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October 09, 1978

A Thing Of Beauty

The graceful, solid dignity of an English Billiards table bespeaks the charm of a game that in its varied forms—billiards, snooker or just plain pool—has fascinated its devoted followers since the invention of the cue tip.

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?When you miss a shot during a game, step away from the table with good grace. Redouble your resolve and await your next opportunity without morbid brooding about the shot you missed.

?If you lose, so what? It's only a game, a game as thrilling as skydiving but cheaper and not as hard on the joints. Don't explain to the winner how lousily you played; congratulate him instead on a fine performance—after all, he beat a terrific player.

?Because a poor loser is such an ugly spectacle, pursue excellence rather than victory at all costs.

?Ignore the words of Will Johnston of Peacock Gap, Calif.: "Show me a man who doesn't cheat and I'll show you a man that I can beat."

?When confronted by a hysterical and possibly homicidal loser, remind him of what the English physician Sir Astely Cooper said. "We should all sleep more soundly if we made it a rule to play billiards an hour or two each evening." (Modern Billiards.)

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