Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element were made for wise men to contemplate, and fools to pass by without consideration.
I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
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.
God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern'd angler.
Angling is an art, and an art worth your learning.
You will find angling to be like the virtue of humanity, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of blessing attending upon it.
O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned.
The Waters are Nature's storehouse in which she locks up her wonders.
[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.
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.
The person who loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
He directed that the stone over his grave be inscribed: Hic jacet hujus sententiae primus auctor: DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES.
Blessings upon all that hate contention, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling.
Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so.
I am, Sir, a brother of the angle.
I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing.
Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
Let us be thankful for health and competence, and, above all, for a quiet conscience.
So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.
That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
These poor rich men, we anglers pity them perfectly.
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