Quotations About / On:
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).)
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.)
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 (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Trout Fishing in Europe," The Toronto Star Weekly (Nov. 17, 1923).)
Memory is a net; one finds it full of fish when he takes it from the brook; but a dozen miles of water have run through it without sticking.
(Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894), U.S. author, physician. The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table, ch. 12 (1858).)
If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.
(Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Particularly Cats, ch. 2 (1967).)
The sport of digging the bait is nearly equal to that of catching the fish, when one's appetite is not too keen.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 248, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Of all nature's animated kingdoms, fish are the most unchristian, inhospitable, heartless, and cold-blooded of creatures.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi (1849), ch. 94, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 3, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1970).)
In a cabinet of natural history, we become sensible of a certain occult recognition and sympathy in regard to the most unwieldy and eccentric forms of beast, fish, and insect.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 8 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
The inhabitants of the Cape generally do not complain of their "soil," but will tell you that it is good enough for them to dry their fish on.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, pp. 222-223, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Here's a fish hangs in the net like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly come out.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. 2nd Fisherman, in Pericles, act 2, sc. 1, l. 116-18.)