'Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.'
this reminds me of an old country song that carried a lot of old-timer wisdom in it.
"You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.
You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table.
There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done.
Now ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'
Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep.
'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,
And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep
written by Don Schlitz
but recorded and made famous by Kenny Rogers
Johnny Cash recorded it. Bobby Bare recorded it. Under the name “Charlie Tango,” Conway Twitty’s son, Michael Twitty, recorded it. Even the songwriter himself, Don Schlitz, recorded it, as well as other people whose names are a distant memory.
But when Kenny Rogers and producer Larry Butler finally recorded “The Gambler,” Schlitz was able to quit his graveyard shift computer operator job and start working as a professional songwriter.