Fishing quotes

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Attitude to fishing

When the fishermen return home with a rich catch, I feel sorry for the fish. When the nets are empty, I pity the fishermen. (Ernst Heine)

I like to fish. Fishing is always a way of relaxing. (Tom Felton)

I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there. (Robert Altman)

He liked fishing and seemed to take pride in being able to like such a stupid occupation. (Leo Tolstoy)

Angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other. (Samuel Johnson)

Fishing is boring, unless you catch an actual fish, and then it is disgusting. (Dave Barry)

I hate fishing, and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to hike when you can get in the car and drive. (Joseph Barbera)

My biggest regret in life – well, one of them – is that I wasn’t muskie fishing from ’92 to ’96 when I was not married. (Christian Laettner)

I used to like fishing because I thought it had some larger significance. Now I like fishing because it’s the one thing I can think of that probably doesn’t. (John Gierach)

I can’t bear fishing. I think people look like fools sitting watching a line hour after hour or else throwing and throwing, and catching nothing. (George Eliot)

Besides what I do, I love fishing; I love bringing my children to the forest, getting outdoors in nature. Get outside, people! Stop looking at screens. (Keith Barry)


As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler. (Izaak Walton)

Anyone can be a fisherman in May. (Ernest Hemingway)

I still don’t know why I fish or why others fish, except that we like it and it makes us think and feel. (Roderick Haig- Brown)

The fisherman fishes as the urchin eats cream buns, from lust. (T.H. White)

I don’t fish for fish, I fish for emotion. (Eddy Zauner)

It’s not catching that counts, says the fisherman, it’s trying. (René Barjavel)

A good fisherman is not looking for a convenient place, but a fish one. (Vadim Panov)

The best fisherman I know try not to make the same mistakes over and over again; instead they strive to make new and interesting mistakes and to remember what they learned from them. (John Gierach)

N cannot fish for trout without getting his feet wet. (Fernando de Rojas)

Most fishermen swiftly learn that it’s a pretty good rule never to show a favorite spot to any fisherman you wouldn’t trust with your wife. (John Voelker)

All aspiring anglers really enjoy the perch because it is what often crowns their clumsiness with success. (Brehms Tierleben)

The angling fever is a very real disease and can only be cured by the application of cold water and fresh, untainted air. (Theodore Gordon)

Fishing features

Fishing seems to be the favorite form of loafing. (E.W. Howe)

Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman’s job is simple: Pick out the best parts. (Charles Waterman)

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

Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it. (Harry Middleton)

Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. (Herbert Hoover)

To fish you need a rod, bait, a lot of patience and the address of the nearest fishmonger. (Peter Alexander)

Did you know that fishing is rarely fun? (Manfred Strahl)

Having a fishing rod in your hand is merely an excuse to explore out-of-sight depths and reveal mysteries that previously only existed in dreams. (Fennel Hudson)

Calling fishing a hobby is like calling brain surgery a job. (Paul Schullery)

There are always new places to go fishing. For any fisherman, there’s always a new place, a new horizon. (Jack Nicklaus)

Teach a man to fish…

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. (Maimonides)

Give the man a fish and he can eat for a day, give him a fishing rod and he can brag for years. (Klaus Klages)

Give a man a fish, and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish, and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. (Zenna Schaffer)

Teach a man to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime…unless, of course, he doesn’t like sushi – then you’ll have to buy him a Kelly Kettle, hobo stove and frying pan. (Fennel Hudson)

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll sit in a boat with a fishing pole and drink beer all day. (Lorena McCourtney)

Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant. (Scott Adams)

Fisherman and fish

The fish is not so much your quarry as your partner. (Arnold Gingrich)

Without the fisherman, there is no fish. (Lailah Gifty Akita)

Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men – for all men are equal before fish. (Herbert Hoover)

I only hope the fish will take half as much trouble for me as I’ve taken for them. (Rudyard Kipling)

Fishing live fish with a rod is considered cruelty by many, but mainly by the fish itself. (Karl Valentin)

The fish and I were both stunned and disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line. (William Humphrey)

Once the fish has bitten, any regrets come too late. (Walter Ludin)

A fish that wants to go higher and higher often has to entrust itself to a fishing rod. (Arthur Feldmann)

He’s as curious as a fish. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Thoughts and fishing

Fishing provides time to think, and reason not to. (Carl Safina)

After a day’s fishing, I’ll know the solution to something or have good ideas that were not accessible before. (Angus Deaton)

What do I think about when I’m fishing? I don’t really know. Mate, I just think about how I’m going to catch my next fish. (Jimmy Bullard)

When I am fishing, I think quite a lot about the fish, but I also think about the book I’m writing. (Max Hastings)

Most people have strange thoughts, but they rationalize them. David doesn’t translate his images logically, so they remain raw, emotional. When I ask him where his ideas come from, all he says is: it’s like fishing. He never knows what he will catch. (Isabella Rossellini)

Work and fishing

If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business. (Sparse Grey Hackle)

Fishing is a hard job. Fishing at night. Rain. Day, night. You have to be wise and smart. And quick. (Mariano Rivera)

Work is sometimes like fishing in water where there were never any fish. (Jules Fox)

Success is first and foremost about being at work when others go fishing. (Philippe Bouvard)

Passion for fishing reminds officials of work in the office. (Honore de Balzac)

I often wonder if it’s more useful to go to the stock market or go fishing during stock market hours. On the stock exchange you can learn various tips and then do the opposite of them, but when fishing you can calmly think about what it is better not to do. (Andre Kostolany)

Philosophy and fishing

Fishing is the only kind of philosophy you can get fed up with. (Peter Bamm)

When they go fishing, it is not really fish they are after. It is a philosophic meditation. (E.T. Brown)

If you ask me what is the last word of philosophical research, I will answer you that it is the song of the fisherman who lands on the shore. (Wang Wei)

Nothing calms the passions like angling; philosophical entertainment that fools have ridiculed as everything they have not understood… (Théophile Gautier)

Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary. (Patrick McManus)

Sport and fishing

It is impossible to grow weary of a sport that is never the same on any two days of the year. (Theodore Gordon)

Angling is a sport, so sporting ethics should apply. (Fennel Hudson)

Fishing… that’s a sport invented by mosquitoes and you’re the bait. (P.J. O’Rourke)

Fly fishing may be considered the most beautiful of all rural sports. (Frank Forester)

Fishing is a strange sport since it hardly prevents those who watch their line from gaining belly. (Noctual)

I thoroughly enjoy getting away from the game and going out fishing because it’s so relaxing, so quiet, and peaceful. (Tiger Woods)

Quotes about sports

Therapy and fishing

Fishing is my therapy. Its such a great immersion into life. (Robson Green)

Fishing’s such a beautiful activity which makes perfect sense to me. It’s like a therapy, because you are surrounded by nature, and that helps you get a proper rhythm for life. (Robson Green)

I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself. (Joseph Monniger)

To fish for one’s food is meditation. (Jessica Marie Baumgartner)

The act of fishing – for fish, dreams, or whatever magic is available – is enough. It transports us to a special world, and a state of mind, where we are free. (Fennel Hudson)

Happiness and fishing

We come back from fishing, happy, purified, filled with great happiness. (W. Churchill)

If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk if you want to be happy for a day, kill a pig if you want to be happy for a week, get married if you want to be happy for a lifetime, go fishing. (Colum McCann)

I’ve gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water. (William Tapply)

I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read. (Brian Murphy)

People and fishing

Definition of humanity: despise the angler and feed on the fish he catches. (Hans Kudszus)

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. (Doug Larson)

Every evening an angel pulls my soul out of my life and my body, like a huge net of fish. Last night he filled his net again. With my soul he fished yours. (Milorad Pavic)

Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip. (John Gierach)

Fish stories

Do not tell fish stories where the people know you. Particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish. (Mark Twain)

A successful fisherman treats you not with stories, but with fish. (Andrey Sokolov)

The most interesting creature in zoology is the fish. It still grows long after it’s been eaten. At least in the eyes of the angler. (Ernest Hemingway)

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley. (Ann Landers)

Motivation and fishing

There is only one reason in the world to go fishing: to enjoy yourself. Anything that detracts from enjoying yourself is to be avoided. (Leigh Perkins)

I fish to scratch the surface of those mysteries, for nearness to the beautiful, and to reassure myself the world remains. (Carl Safina)

Personally, I like strawberries with cream, but for some reason fish prefer worms. That’s why when I go fishing, I don’t think about what I like, but about what the fish like. (Dale Carnegie)

Women and fishing

Woman: a fish that catches the angler. (Mark Twain)

The woman must do like the placid fisherman: watch her line! (Pierre Dac)

Men hunt, women fish. (Victor Hugo)

A woman who has never seen her husband fishing, does not know what patient man she has married. (Edgar Watson Howe)

When you hope for a good catch, you have to bait seriously. (Juliette Benzoni)

Fly fishing

If fishing is a religion, fly fishing is high church. (Tom Brokaw)

Fly fishing for trout is like raising children; you never know what’s going to happen next. (Jimmy D. Moore)

Fly-fishing is the most fun you can have standing up. (Arnold Gingrich)

The great charm of fly-fishing is that we are always learning. (Theodore Gordon)

Killing and fishing

It seems to me that it is bad to rejoice in any kind of murder – I am against any fishing. (Jacques-Yves Cousteau)

The fun of fishing is catching ’em, not killing ’em. (Norman Schwarzkopf)

I like to catch fish and release them. I probably haven’t killed a fish that I’ve caught in sport fishing for 20 years. No reason to kill it. You know, just take it and release it. (Jack Nicklaus)

Time and fishing

Angling is extremely time consuming. That’s sort of the whole point. (Thomas McGuane)

The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted span the hours spent in fishing. (Herbert Hoover)

Time spent fishing is time well spent. (Justin Morgan)

The best time to go fishing is when you can. (Ed Zern)

The best time to go fishing is when you can get away. (Robert Traver)

Money and fishing

The man who coined the phrase ‘money can’t buy happiness’ never bought himself a good fly rod. (Reg Baird)

I only make movies to finance my fishing. (Lee Marvin)

My biggest worry is that when I’m dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it. (Koos Brandt)

Statesmen and fishing

When the Russian Tsar is fishing, Europe can wait. (Alexander III)

I don’t want to sit at the head table anymore. I want to go fishing. (George Bush)

If democracy lets me go, I’ll be happy to relax and go fishing. (Lech Walensa)

Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy. (Jimmy Carter)

Loneliness and fishing

Fly-fishing is a magic way to recapture the rapture of solitude without the pangs of loneliness. (John D. Voelker)

When I go fishing I like to know that there’s nobody within five miles of me. (Norman MacCaig)

I gave up fishing in England. It got too crowded. (Jeremy Wade)

Fishing tackle

There are no bad tackles, only bad anglers… (Eddy Zauner)

Asking an angler why he or she needs so many fishing rods is like asking a woman why she has so many pairs of shoes. (Fennel Hudson)

The best rod and the most effective bait are useless if there are no fish in the lake. (Hermann Lahm)

Quietness and fishing

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. (Washington Irvin)

The number one rule of fishing is be quiet. Don’t scare the fish! (Carole Radziwill)

I like fishing. Not actual fishing – I like the peace and quiet of being at sea. It’s different. (Rafael Nadal)

Creativity and fishing

Fishing is like poetry, people must be born to it. (Izaac Walton)

I enjoy writing. Would I rather be playing golf? No. Would I rather be fishing? No. (Melvyn Bragg)

Every redneck’s dream is to write a song and have it go on a fishing show. (Johnny Van Zant)

Friends and fishing

Sharing the fun of fishing turns strangers into friends in a few hours. (Eugenie Clark)

One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one’s fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one’s fishing companions. (John Ashley Cooper)

Problems and fishing

I got 99 problems and fishing solves all of them. (Earl Dibbles Jr.)

The solution to any problem — work, love, money, whatever is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be. (John Gierach)

God and fishing

Some go to church and think about fishing, others go fishing and think about God. (Tony Blake)

God fishes souls with a line, Satan fishes them with a net. (Alexandre Dumas)

The more one feels like a fisherman, the more Christian one is. (Novalis)

Luck and fishing

A real fisherman does not catch fish, but luck. (Pavel Khristolyubov)

Chance reigns everywhere. Just let your fishing rod hang. Where you least believe it, there is a fish in the eddy. (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Men and fishing

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. (Henry David Thoreau)

Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing. (Clark Gable)

Weather and fishing

There is no such thing as good fishing weather, it only has to be three days old. (Uli Beyer)

The two best times to fish is when it’s raining and when it ain’t. (Patrick F. McManus)

Alcohol and fishing

Fishing, with me, has always been an excuse to drink in the daytime. (Jimmy Cannon)

Fishing is the same booze, only in rubber boots. (Vladimir Melnikov)


When I watch the reports on tuna fishing, I wonder why it takes so much effort to catch such small cans. (Patrick Sebastian)

Come on, go fishing, said the fisherman to the worm. (Bertolt Brecht)

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