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IZAAK WALTON
English author
(1593 - 1683)
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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.
      - The Compleat Angler (ch. XI),
        (first edition) [Fishermen]

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

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

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

Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. I)
        [Traveling]

I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. I)
        [Fishermen]

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

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

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. II)
        [Virtue]

That which is everybody's business, is nobody's business.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. II)
        [Business]

An excellent angler, and now with God.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. IV)
        [Fishing]

Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. IV)
        [Poetry]

A good, honest, wholesome, hungry breakfast.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. V) [Food]

I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. V) [Mirth]

No man can lose what he never had.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. V) [Loss]

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.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. V),
        (second edition) [Fishing]

This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. VIII)
        [Eating : Fishermen]

Thus use your frog: . . . put your hook, I mean the arming wire, through his mouth, and out at his gills, and then with a fine needle and silk sow the upper part of his leg with only one stitch to the arming wire of your hook, or tie the frog's leg above the upper joint to the armed wire; and in so doing use him as though you loved him.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. VIII)
        [Fishing]

I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. XVIII)
        [Conversation : Fishing : Rivers]

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of: a blessing that money cannot buy.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. XXI)
        [Health]

Let the blessing of St. Peter's Master be . . . upon all that are lovers of virtue; and dare trust in His providence; and be quiet; and go a-Angling.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. XXI)
        [Fishing]

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.
      - The Compleat Angler (pt. I, ch. XXI)
        [Health]

Of recreation there is none
  So free as fishing is, alone;
    All other pastimes do not less
      Than mind and body, both possess:
        My hand alone my work can do;
          So I can fish and study too.
      - The Compleat Angler--The Angler's Song
        [Fishing]

I shall stay him no longer than to wish than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a-fishing.
      - The Compleat Angler--To the Reader
         (Author's Preface) [Fishing]


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