Favorite Quotations ~  Fish First, Break All the Rules

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." ~ Doug Larson


There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~ Steven Wright

The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope. ~ John Buchan

All men are equal before fish. ~ Herbert Hoover

There don't have to be a thousand fish in a river; let me locate a good one and I'll get a thousand dreams out of him before I catch him and, if I catch him, I'll turn him loose. ~ Jim Deren

I still don't know why I fish or why other men fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel. ~ Roderick L. Haig Brown

It is our lost fish that I believe stay longest in memory, and seize upon our thoughts whenever we look back on fishing days. ~ Lord Grey of Fallodon

If fishing is a religion, fly-fishing is high church. ~ Tom Brokaw

Angling is an Art... an art worth your learning. ~ Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler

For me, fishing and journalism touched the same places in my head. In comparison with that of poets, the fly fishers' and the journalists' experiences are probably pale flavors, but they carry nonetheless a hint of ambrosia. ~ Howell Raines, One that Got Away

We have sat on the river bank and caught catfish with pin hooks. The time has come to harpoon a whale. ~ John Hope

Poetry is like fish: if it's fresh, it's good; if it's stale, it's bad; and if you're not certain, try it on the cat. ~ Osbert Sitwell

The little fish cannot swallow the big fish. (Aole e hiki I ka ia liilii ke alei ka ia nui) ~ Hawaiian Proverb

Just as the paths of the birds or the fish are invisible, so is the path of the possessors of wisdom. ~ Dhammapada

No one can feel as helpless as the owner of a sick goldfish. ~ Frank McKinney Hubbard