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[ Also see Animals Fishermen Fishing Flyfishing Herring Ocean Oysters Porpoises Trout Turbot Whales ]

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

Ye monsters of the bubbling deep,
  Your Maker's praises spout;
    Up from the sands ye codlings peep,
      And wag your tails about.
      - Cotton Mather, Hymn

I thought of you tonight, a leanbh, lying there in your long barrow,
  colder and dumber than a fish by Francisco de Herrera.
      - Paul Muldoon, Incantata

Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
  The're no brought here without brave darin'
    Buy my caller herrin', Ye little ken their worth.
      Wha'll buy my caller herrin'?
        O you may ca' them vulgar farin',
          Wives and mithers maist despairin'
            Ca' them lives o' men.
      - credited to Baroness Carolina Oliphant Nairne,
        Caller Herrin',
        old Scotch song, claimed fro Neil Gow, who probably only wrote the music

As lacking privacy as a goldfish.
      - Old American Saying

Dance to your daddy,
  My little babby,
    Dance to your daddy, my little lamb;
      You shall have a fishy
        In a little dishy,
          You shall have a fishy when the boat comes in.
      - Old Nursery Rhyme, Vocal Harmony

When the wind is in the east,
  Then the fishes bite the least;
    When the wind is in the west,
      Then the fishes bite the best;
        When the wind is in the north,
          Then the fishes do come forth;
            When the wind is in the south,
              It blows the bait in the fish's mouth.
      - Old Rhyme,
        in J.O. Halliwell's "Popular Rhymes"

The fish, once wounded by the treacherous hook,
  Fancies the barb concealed in every food.
    [Lat., Qui semel est laesus fallaci piscis ab hamo,
      Omnibus unca cibis aera subesse putat.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto
         (bk. II, epis. 7, l. 9)

Master; I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
  Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
      - Pericles

'Tis true, no turbots dignify my boards,
  But gudgeons, flounders, what my Thames affords.
      - Alexander Pope, Second Book of Horace
         (satire II, l. 141)

Our plenteous streams a various race supply,
  The bright-eyed perch with fins of Tyrian dye,
    The silver eel, in shining volumes roll'd,
      The yellow carp, in scales bedropp'd with gold,
        Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains,
          And pikes, the tyrants of the wat'ry plains.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest (l. 141)

Big fish eat little fish.
      - Proverb

Fish and guests stink after three days.
      - Proverb, (Danish)

Fish or cut bait.
      - Proverb, (American)

In still waters are the largest fish.
      - Proverb, (Danish)

It is the sauce that makes the fish edible.
      - Proverb, (French)

Keep your own fish-guts for your own sea-maws.
      - Proverb

Little fish are sweet.
      - Proverb, (Danish, Dutch)

Nothing is so clean as a fish.
      - Proverb, (Welsh)

The bigger the river the bigger the fish.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

We have here other fish to fry.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. V, ch. 12)

Fish must swim thrice--once is the water, a second time in the sauce, and a third time in wine in the stomach.
      - John Ray (Wray), English Proverbs

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
      - John Ruskin, The Two Paths (lecture 5)

There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel
         (ch. 35)

It's no fish ye're buying--it's men's lives.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary (ch. XI)

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