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FISHERMEN
[ Also see Bait Fish Fishing Flyfishing ]

Never a fishermen need there be
  If fishes could hear as well as see.
      - Unattributed Author, Notes and Queries
         (ser. IV, ii, 94)

The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. XIX, v. 8)

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. IV, v. 19)

The fisher droppeth his net in the stream,
  And a hundred streams are the same as one;
    And the maiden dreameth her love-lit dream;
      And what is it all, when all is done?
        The net of the fisher the burden breaks,
          And always the dreaming the dreamer wakes.
      - Alice Cary, Lover's Diary

Oh, the gallant fisher's life,
  It is the best of any
    'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife,
      And 'tis beloved of many.
      - John Chalkhill, Piscator's Song,
        found in Izaak Walton's "The Compleat Angler"

Praise be to Nero's Neptune
  The Titanic sails at dawn
    And everybody's shouting
      "Which Side Are You On?"
        And Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot
          Fighting in the captain's tower
            While calypso singers laugh at them
              And fishermen hold flowers.
      - Bob Dylan (f/k/a Robert Allen Zimmerman),
        Desolation Row, a song

The fisherman could perhaps be bought for less than the fish.
  [Lat., Potuit fortasse minoria
    Piscator quam piscis emi.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (satire IV, l. 26)

Three fishers went sailing away to the west,
  Away to the west as the sun went down;
    Each thought on the woman who loved him the best,
      And the children stood watching them out of the town.
      - Charles Kingsley, The Three Fishers

Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn't. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
      - Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
        A River Runs Through It   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Can the fish love the fisherman?
  [Lat., Piscatorem piscis amare potest?]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. VI, ep. 63, l. 5)

A fisherman's walk: three steps and overboard.
      - Old English Saying

He who holds the hook is aware in what waters many fish are swimming.
  [Lat., Qui sustinet hamos,
    Novit, quae multo pisce natentur aquae.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, l. 47)

Death is like a fisherman, who, having caught a fish in his net, leaves it in the water for a time; the fish continues to swim about, but all the while the net is round it, and the fishermen will snatch it out in his own good time.
      - Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev, On the Eve
         (ch. 35), (Gilbert Gardiner translation)

No man is born an Artist nor an Angler.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (Author's Preface)

Oh the brave Fisher's life,
  It is the best of any,
    'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife,
      And 'tis belov'd of many:
        Other joys Are but toys;
          Only this Lawful is,
            For our skill Breeds no ill,
              But content and pleasure.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (ch. XI),
        (first edition)

I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. VIII)

Meek Walton's heavenly memory.
      - William Wordsworth, Ecclesiastical Sonnets
         (pt. III, no. 5)


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