Fishing for Creativity: The Allure of Fishing in Quotations


A Month of Fishing Quotes


A Month of Fishing Quotes

Day 1
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
-- Chinese Proverb

Day 2
Fishing is more than fish... It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
-- Herbert Hoover

Day 3
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Day 4
Governing a large country is like frying a small fish. You spoil it with too much poking.
-- Lao-Tzu

Day 5
His thoughts swam between us, hidden under rocks, disappearing in weeds, and I was fishing for them, dangling my own words like baits and lures.
-- Louise Erdrich

Day 6
I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind, and all the worse for the fishes.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Day 7
I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.
-- Chuang Tzu

Day 8
I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
-- Izaak Walton

Day 9
I marvel how the fishes live in the sea./ Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.
-- William Shakespeare

Day 10
I really fished mainly because I wanted to be alone on the middle of a lake.
-- Susan A. Toth

Day 11
If wishes were fishes we'd all be throwing nets. If wishes were horses we'd all ride.
-- Doug Horton

Day 12
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
-- Doris Lessing

Day 13
If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is the high church.
-- Tom Brokaw

Day 14
If you don't like my ocean don't fish in my sea/ Stay out of my valley and let my mountain be.
-- Ma Rainey

Day 15
In communities where men build ships for their own sons to fish or fight from, quality is never a problem
-- J. A. Dever

Day 16
It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and losses has it coming.
-- John Steinbeck

Day 17
Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast. In the stream where you least expect it, there will be fish.
-- Ovid

Day 18
Man can learn a lot from fishing -- when the fish are biting no problem in the world is big enough to be remembered.
-- Orlando A. Battista

Day 19
Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
-- Henry David Thoreau

Day 20
Marriage is like deep-sea fishing. You never know what you've got until you get it in the boat.
-- Dick Bothwell

Day 21
Nature is as wasteful of promising young men as she is of fish spawn.
-- Richard Hughes

Day 22
New artists must break a hole in the subconscious and go fishing there.
-- Robert B. Hale

Day 23
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
-- John Ruskin

Day 24
Patience is what you require when the fish are not hungry.
-- Unknown

Day 25
Presidents have only two moments of personal seclusion. One is prayer; the other fishing -- and they cannot pray all the time!
-- Herbert Hoover

Day 26
Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl.
-- Ernest Hemingway

Day 27
There ain't but one time to go fishin', and that's whenever you can.
-- Diron Talbert

Day 28
We must treat ideas somewhat as though they were baby fish. Throw thousands out into the water. Only a handful will survive -- but that is plenty.

Day 29
What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?
-- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Day 30
Work is for people who don't know how to fish.
-- Paul A. Volcker

Day 31
Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing.
-- Edgar Watson Howe


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