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Quotations About / On: FISH

  • 1.
    A fish, he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fish-like smell.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Trinculo, in The Tempest, act 2, sc. 2, l. 25-6. Finding a strange creature (Caliban) on Prospero's island.)
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  • 2.
    English literature is a flying fish.
    (E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. "Notes on the English Character," pt. I (1920), in Abinger Harvest (1936).)
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  • 3.
    Do fish ever get seasick.
    (James Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author. Ulysses, ch. 13, "Nausicaa," The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, Random House (1986). One of Leopold Bloom's random questions during the day.)
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  • 4.
    Who hears the fishes when they cry?
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 36, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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    She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
    (Charles Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838), French statesman. Quoted in A. Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, ch. 3 (1932). Speaking to Napoleon of Madame de Staël.)
  • 6.
    The public easily confuses him who fishes in troubled waters with him who draws up water from the depths.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 492, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 262, "Deep Waters and Troubled Waters," (1879).)
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  • 7.
    From time immemorial the men of the town have been famous seamen, and have divided their energies between fishing and hating the English.
    (Willa Cather (1876-1947), U.S. novelist. Willa Cather in Europe, ch. 8 (1956). Written in the summer of 1902 on a visit to the town of Dieppe during her first trip to France.)
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  • 8.
    I want everybody to come and have some fish and chips with King Gypo.
    (Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter. Gypo (Victor McLaglen), The Informer, drunkenly showing off the reward money he got for informing on Frankie (Wallace Ford) (1935).)
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  • 9.
    The sheen of ocean gleams on the blue fish-plate.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 10.
    A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
    (Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer. Attributed. Although the quote is generally attributed to Steinem, there is evidence that the words were current as a graffito in the 1970s, in the form, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.")
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