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IZAAK WALTON
English author
(1593 - 1683)
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A companion that feasts the company with and mirth, and leaves out the sin which is usually mixed with them, he is the man; and let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
      - [Associates]

And let me tell you that every misery I miss is a new blessing.
      - [Blessedness]

Blessings we enjoy daily; and for most of them, because they be so common, most men forget to pay their praises; but let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him that made the sun and us, and still protects us, and gives us flowers and showers and meat and content.
      - [Blessings]

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. Therefore be sure you look to that, and in the next place look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience.
      - [Conscience]

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

I regard them, as Charles the Emperor did Florence, that they are too pleasant to be looked upon except on holidays.
      - [Flowers]

It was wisely said, by a man of great observation, that there are as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them.
      - [Riches]

Let us be thankful for health and competence, and, above all, for a quiet conscience.
      - [Conscience]

Let us not repine, or so much as think the gifts of God unequally dealt, if we see another abound with riches, when, as God knows, the cares that are the keys that keep those riches hang often so heavily at the rich man's girdle that they dog him with weary days and restless nights, even when others sleep quietly.
      - [Riches]

Lord, what music hast thou provided for Thy saints in heaven, when Thou affordest bad men such music on earth!
      - [Music]

Of this blest man, let his just praise be given,
  Heaven was in him, before he was in Heaven.
      - written of Dr. Richard Sibbes' in a copy of Sibbes' "The Returning Backslider"
        [Blessedness]

So long as thou art ignorant, be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities; and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.
      - [Ignorance]

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.
      - [Angling]

We see but the outside of a rich man's happiness; few consider him to be like the silkworm, that, when she seems to play, is at the very same time consuming herself.
      - [Riches]

But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him, as the angel did with Jacob, and marked him; marked him for his own.
      - Life of Donne [Death]

He had too thoughtful a wit: like a penknife in too narrow a sheath, too sharp for his body.
      - Life of George Herbert,
        report as Herbert's saying about himself
        [Wit]

The great Secretary of Nature and all learning, Sir Francis Bacon.
      - Life of Herbert [Bacon, Francis]

He directed the stone over his grave to be thus inscribed:
  Hie jacet hujus Sententiae primus Author:
    Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies.
      Nomen alias quaere.
        Here lies the first author of this sentence:
          "The itch of disputation will prove the scab of the Church." Inquire his name elsewhere.
      - Life of Wotton [Epitaphs]

[T]is not all fishing to fish.
      - The Compleat Angler [Fishing]

And for winter fly-fishing it is as useful as an almanac out of date.
      - The Compleat Angler (Author's Preface)
        [Flyfishing]

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

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

No man is born an Artist nor an Angler.
      - The Compleat Angler (Author's Preface)
        [Fishermen]

It is an art worthy the knowledge and patience of a wise man.
      - The Compleat Angler (ch. I) [Fishing]

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.
      - The Compleat Angler (ch. I) [Fishing]


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