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FISHING
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[ Also see Amusements Bait Fish Fishermen Flyfishing Sport Trout ]

The pleasant'st angling is to see the fish
  Cut with her golden oars the silver stream
    And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Ursula at III, i)

(Second Fisherman:) Canst thou catch any fishes then?
  (Pericles:) I never practiced it.
    (Second Fisherman:) Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for here's nothing to be got nowadays unless thou canst fish for 't.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Second Fisherman & Pericles at II, i)

I am angling now,
  Though you perceive me not hos I give line.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Leontes at I, ii)

Get ye all three into the box tree. Malvolio's coming down this walk. He has been yonder i' the sun practicing behavior to his own shadow this half hour. Observe him, for the love of mockery; for I know this letter will make a contemplative idiot of him. Close, in the name of jesting. Lie thou there; for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Maria at II, v)

Lie thou there; for here comes the trout that must be caught with tickling.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Maria at II, v)

The apostolic occupation of trafficking in fish.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Third Letter to Archdeacon Singleton

Shrimps and the delicate periwinkle
  Such are the sea-fruits lasses love:
    Ho! to your nets till the blue stars twinkle,
      And the shutterless cottages gleam above!
      - Bayard Taylor, The Shrimp-Gatherers

He minded not his friends' advice
  But followed his own wishes;
    And one most cruel trick of his
      Was that of catching fishes.
      - Jane Taylor, The Little Fisherman

But should you lure
  From his dark haunt, beneath the tangled roots
    Of pendent trees, the Monarch of the brook,
      Behoves you then to ply your finest art.
      - James Thomson (1), Seasons--Spring
         (l. 420)

In other localities certain places in the streams are much better than others, but at Niagara one place is just as good as another, for the reason that the fish do not bite anywhere.
      - Mark Twain (pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens),
        Niagara

'Tis an affair of luck.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2), Fisher's Luck

Two honest and good-natured anglers have never met each other by the way without crying out, "What luck?"
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2), Fisher's Luck

Then come, my friend, forget your foes, and leave your fears behind,
  And wander forth to try your luck, with cheerful, quiet mind.
      - Henry Jackson van Dyke (2),
        The Angler's Reveille

[T]is not all fishing to fish.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (Author's Preface)

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (Author's Preface)

It is an art worthy the knowledge and patience of a wise man.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (ch. I)

You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (ch. I)

O! the gallant fisher's life,
  It is the best of any:
    'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife,
      And 'tis beloved by 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. XVI)

Angling is somewhat like Poetry, men are to be born so.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like a virtue, a reward to itself.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

It [angling] deserves commendations; . . . it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

Sir Henry Wotton . . . was also a most dear lover, and a frequent practiser of the art of angling; of which he would say, "it was an employment for his idle time, which was then not idly spent . . . a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness; and that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it."
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. I)

An excellent angler, and now with God.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. IV)

We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries: "Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did"; and so, (if I might be judge,) God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. V), (second edition)


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