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

No more than a fish loves water.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Second Lord at III, vi)

Why? She's neither fish nor flesh; a man knows not where to have her.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Falstaff at III, iii)

Nay, master, said not I as much when I saw the porpoise, how he bounced and tumbled? They say they're half fish, half flesh. A plague on them! They ne'er come but I look to be washed.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Third Fisherman at II, i)

(Third Fisherman:) Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
  (First Fisherman:) Why, as men do a-land--the great ones eat up the little ones.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Third & First Fisherman at II, i)

Without his roe, like a dried herring. O flesh, flesh, how art thou fishified!
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Mercutio at II, iv)

What have we here? a man or a fish? dead or alive? A fish: he smells like a fish; a very ancient and fishlike smell; a kind of not of the newest poor-John. A strange fish!
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Trinculo at II, ii)

Why, thou deboshed fish thou, was there ever man a coward that hath drunk so much sack as I to-day? Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a monster?
      - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
         (Trinculo at III, ii)

O Lord! methought what pain it was to drown!
  What dreadful noise of waters in mine ears!
    What sights of ugly death within mine eyes!
      Methoughts I saw a thousand fearful wracks;
        A thousand men that fishes gnawed upon;
          Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl,
            Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,
              All scatt'red in the bottom of the sea:
                Some lay in dead men's skulls, and in the holes
                  Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept
                    (As 'twere in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems,
                      That wooed the slimy bottom of the deep
                        And mocked the dead bones that lay scatt'red by.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Clarence at I, iv)

Here's another ballad of a fish that appeared upon the coast on Wednesday the fourscore of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this ballad against the hard heart of maids. It was though she was a woman and was turned into a cold fish for she would not exchange flesh with one that loved her.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Autolycus at IV, iv)

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)

Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small.
      - Algernon Sidney (Sydney),
        Discourses on Government
         (ch. II, sec. 18)

Blue, darkly, deeply, beautifully blue.
      - Robert Southey, Madoc in Wales (pt. V),
        referring to dolphins

Like a fish out of water.
  [Lat., Sicut piscis sine aqua caret vita.]
      - Sozemen (Sozomenos Hermias),
        Ecclesiastical History (bk. I, ch. 13),
        attributed to Pope Eugenius

The fish once caught, new bait will hardly bite.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. II, canto i, st. 4)

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.
      - attributed to Gloria Steinem

They say fish should swim thrice . . . first it should swim in the sea (do you mind me?), then it should swim in butter, and at last, sirrah, it should swim in good claret.
      - Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation
         (dialogue II)

Who hears the fishes when they cry?
      - Henry David Thoreau,
        A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

All's fish they get that cometh to net.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--February Abstract

Now at the close of this summer's day,
  Inclined upon the river's flowery side,
    I pause to see the sportive fishes play.
      And cut with finny oars the sparkling tide.
      - Valdarne,
        in Thomas Foster's "Perennial Calendar"

"Turbot, Sir" said the waiter, placing before me two fishbones, two eyeballs, and a bit of black mackintosh.
      - Thomas Earle Welby, The Dinner Knell,
        "Birmingham or Crewe?"


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