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Quotations About / On: FISHING

  • 31.
    Science, which cuts its way through the muddy pond of daily life without mingling with it, casts its wealth to right and left, but the puny boatmen do not know how to fish for it.
    (Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. "Miscellaneous Pieces: Swiss Views," vol. 3, pt. 8, My Past and Thoughts (1921), trans. by Constance Garnett (1924-1927).)
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  • 32.
    Miss Watson she took me in the closet and prayed, but nothing come of it. She told me to pray every day, and whatever I asked for I would get it. But it warn't so. I tried it. Once I got a fish-line, but no hooks. It warn't any good to me without hooks.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Huck, in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, ch. 3 (1885).)
  • 33.
    Cats are the ultimate narcissists. You can tell this because of all the time they spend on personal grooming. Dogs aren't like this. A dog's idea of personal grooming is to roll in a dead fish. Dogs spend their time thinking about doing good deeds for their masters, or sleeping.
    (James Gorman (b. 1949). "The Sociobiology of Humor in Cats and Dogs," The Man With No Endorphins and Other Reflections on Science, Random House (1989).)
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  • 34.
    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).)
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  • 35.
    [Man's] life consists in a relation with all things: stone, earth, trees, flowers, water, insects, fishes, birds, creatures, sun, rainbow, children, women, other men. But his greatest and final relation is with the sun.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. First published by Centaur Press (Philadelphia, 1925). "Aristocracy," Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine, M. Secker (1934).)
  • 36.
    The only sure way of avoiding these evils [vanity and boasting] is never to speak of yourself at all. But when, historically, you are obliged to mention yourself, take care not to drop one single word that can directly or indirectly be construed as fishing for applause.
    (Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694-1773), British statesman, man of letters. letter, Oct. 19, 1748, Letters Written by the Late Right Honourable Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl, Earl of Chesterfield, to his Son, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl, Esq, 5th ed., vol. II, p. 89, London (1774).)
  • 37.
    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).)
  • 38.
    At present cats have more purchasing power and influence than the poor of this planet. Accidents of geography and colonial history should no longer determine who gets the fish.
    (Derek Wall (b. 1965), British ecologist. Getting There, ch. 1 (1990).)
    More quotations from: Derek Wall, fish, history, power
  • 39.
    I have a very great fear of love. It is so personal. Let each bird fly with its own wings, and each fish swim its own course.—Morning brings more than love. And I want to be true to the morning.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. Originally published by Knopf (1926). The Plumed Serpent, ch. 25, Vintage Books (1951). Teresa (wife of Don Ramon) is speaking.)
  • 40.
    Let a man get up and say, "Behold, this is the truth," and instantly I perceive a sandy cat filching a piece of fish in the background. Look, you have forgotten the cat, I say.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. Ed. Anscombe (1961). Bernard, in The Waves, entry for Oct. 15, 1914 (1931).)
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