Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
The person who loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped.
God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern'd angler.
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.
Blessings upon all that hate contention, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling.
These poor rich men, we anglers pity them perfectly.
Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so...
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.
If all the theories were correct, there wouldn't be a fish left in all of our lakes and rivers and streams.
I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
The Waters are Nature's storehouse in which she locks up her wonders..
Angling may be saidtobe so likemathematics, that itcan never be fully learnt.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
You cannot lose what you never had.
It [angling] deserves commendations;... it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.
We see but the outside of a rich man's happiness; few consider him to be like the silkworm, that, when she seems to play, is at the very same time consuming herself.
[Be grateful for the simple things in life. Don't take them for granted. After all...] What would a blind man give to see the pleasant rivers and meadows and flowers and fountains; and this and many other like blessings we enjoy daily.
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