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ANGLING

Though no participator in the joy of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practise toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Everything appertaining to the angler's art is cowardly, cruel, treacherous, and cat-like.
      - Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)

We really cannot see what equanimity there is in jerking a lacerated carp out of the water by the jaws, merely because it has not the power of making a noise; for we presume that the most philosophic of anglers would hardly delight in catching shrieking fish.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt)

Angling is an innocent cruelty.
      - George Parker

The pleasantest angling is to see the fish cut with her golden oars the silver stream, and greedily devour the treacherous bait.
      - William Shakespeare

I have known a very good, fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite.
      - Izaak Walton

The first men that our Saviour dear
  Did choose to wait upon Him here;
    Blest fishers were; and fish the last
      Food was, that He on earth did taste:
        I therefore strive to follow those,
          Whom He to follow 'Him hath chose.
      - Izaak Walton

Idle time not idly spent.
      - Sir Henry Wotton


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