–Josh Billings [Note, spelling is exact to sources]
Quote Number: 392
Source: Billings, Josh. Josh Billings on Ice, and Other Things. G. W. Carleton & Co: New York.. 1868. Pg 89. Online Here.
Republished in Josh Billings. The Complete Works of Josh Billings. G. W. Carleton & Co: New York. 1876. Pg 248. Online Here.
Source Notes: This quote is often paraphrased as “Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well,” as well as other similar variants.