"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."
"Soon after I embraced the sport of angling I became convinced that I should never be able to enjoy it if I had to rely on the cooperation of the fish."
-Sparse Grey Hackle
"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."
"Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point."
"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."
"The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming; thus it is with time."
"There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot."
"If one really loves nature, one can find beauty everywhere."
-Vincent Van Gogh
"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."
"Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip."
"If fishing is interfering with your business, give up your business."
-Sparse Grey Hackle
"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."
"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."
"My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."
"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it..."
"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago."
"When you are on the river, ocean or in the woods, you are the closest to the truth you'll ever get."
"If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world."
"I am firmly convinced that the ideal combination leading to a happy life is to have the time to both fish and read."
"I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes."
"I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself."
"Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts."
"Some men would rather be photographed with their fish than with their wives."
-Gwen Cooper and Evelyn Haas
"Only when the last tree has been felled, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught, man will know, that he cannot eat money."
-Cree Indian saying
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
-Henry David Thoreau