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Fishing Quotes


"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."
-Herbert Hoover


"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."
-Patrick McManus


"Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point."
-Thomas McGuane


"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


"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."
-Leonardo DaVinci


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


"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."
-John Gierach


"Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip."
-John Gierach


"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."
-Doug Larson


"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


"My biggest worry is that my wife (when I'm dead) will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."
-Koos Brandt


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


"If I fished only to capture fish, my fishing trips would have ended long ago."
-Zane Grey


"When you are on the river, ocean or in the woods, you are the closest to the truth you'll ever get."
-Jack Leonard


"If all politicians fished instead of spoke publicly, we would be at peace with the world."
-Will Rogers


"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


"I salute the gallantry and uncompromising standards of wild trout, and their tastes in landscapes."
-John Madson


"I go fishing not to find myself but to lose myself."
-Joseph Monniger


"Most of the world is covered by water. A fisherman's job is simple: Pick out the best parts."
-Charles Waterman


"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


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