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This is not a very exciting page and is more of a debugging aid than a feature. It simply displays, in two lists, all of the quotes used on the site. I have tried to avoid the 'usual quotes', so if it does not speak to me, it will not be found here.

There are fishing related quotes and the non fishing related quotes...

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And here are the fishing related quotes...

"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 ~~ 

"Cormorant fishing:
How stirring,
How saddening." ~~ Matsuo Bashoö ~~ 

"At the ancient pond,
a frog plunges into,
the sound of water." ~~ A translation of "Old Pond" by Matsuo BashöDuring his lifetime, Basho was recognized for his works in the collaborative 'haikai no renga' form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku. ~~ 

"If we caught fish every time we went out, if as soon as we put in line we had to pull it out again because a fish had taken the bait, then all the pleasure would be gone. There indeed would be monotony for you, that indeed would demand patience." ~~ Michael Traherne - ‘Be Quiet and Go A-Angling' ~~ 

"I can never find any satisfaction in ledgering for fish without a float: I must be able to either see a float or see the bait, but I prefer watching a float." ~~ Michael Traherne - ‘Be Quiet and Go A-Angling' ~~ 

"All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish." ~~ Harold F. Blaisdell, The Philosophical Fisherman, 1969 ~~ 

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

"There's no taking trout with dry breeches." ~~ Cervantes ~~ 

"Our tradition is that of the first man who sneaked away to the creek when the tribe did not really need fish." ~~ Roderick Haig-Brown, about modern fishing, A River Never Sleeps, 1946 ~~ 

"As the evening sky faded from a salmon color to a sort of flint gray, I thought back to the salmon I caught that morning, and how gray he was, and how I named him Flint." ~~ Jack Handey ~~ 

"Fishing tournaments seem a little like playing tennis with living balls..." ~~ Jim Harrison, Just Before Dark, 1991 ~~ 

"Anyone can be a fisherman in May." ~~ Ernest Hemingway ~~ 

"Somebody just back of you while you are fishing is as bad as someone looking over your shoulder while you write a letter to your girl." ~~ Ernest Hemingway ~~ 

"To go fishing is the chance to wash ones soul in pure air, with the rush of the brook or with the shimmer of sun on blue water. It brings meekness and inspiration from the decency of nature, charity to tackle makers, patience to fish. A mockery of profits and ego, a quieting of hate, a rejoicing that you do not have to decide a darned thing until next week. And it is discipline in the equality of men, for all men are equal before fish" ~~ Herbert Hoover ~~ 

"This planet is covered with sordid men who demand that he who spends time fishing shall show returns in fish." ~~ Leonidas Hubbard, Jr. ~~ 

"There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind." ~~ Washington Irving ~~ 

"I envy not him that eats better meat than I do, nor him that is richer, or that wears better clothes than I do. I envy nobody but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do" izWell not strictly. I don't envy the commercial fishery match angler or "serious" carp anglers for example. But the general principle is good. I really envy those who have more time to fish than I do. ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself." ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"I shall stay no longer than to wish him a rainy day to read this...discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a-fishing" izOddly, I found this quote after writing this questionnaire, so either I read "The Compleat Angler" in my youth and completely forgot about it or, just possibly, some things don't change that much. Funny thing that. ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so: I mean, with inclinations to it, though both may be heightened by discourse and practice" izAnyone can get better at anything with practise. This is useful advice. ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it." ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"To all Readers of this discourse, but especially to the honest Angler" ~~ Izaak Walton ~~ 

"If people don't occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you're doing something wrong." ~~ John Gierach ~~ 

"I think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution. It's a nice position. No one considers you to be dangerous, but very little is expected of you." ~~ John Gierach ~~ 

"It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming." ~~ John Steinbeck ~~ 

"I can't wait to buy a bamboo pole and a filament of line and a tube of breadcrumbs. I want to participate in this practice which allows a man to be alone with himself in dignity and peace. It seems a very precious thing to me" ~~ John Steinbeck ~~ 

"I am not against golf, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering trout... " ~~ Paul O'Neil ~~ 

"The best time to go fishing is when you can get away." ~~ Robert Traver ~~ 

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

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And here are the all the other quotes...

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."~~ Maya Angelou ~~

"When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time."~~ Maya Angelou ~~

"Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."~~ Maya Angelou ~~

"The discontented child cries for toasted snow."~~ Arab Proverb ~~

"One cannot do science with independent variables held constant or allowed to vary without measurement. Astronomy did not progress by only observing dependent variables. It was the measurement and correlation of both that led to progress. Relying on anecdotes, no matter how numerous, fails to specify any value of the independent variable, or the intentional state of an animal. The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data.'"~~ Irwin S. Bernstein ~~

"...why organisations should steer sharply away from unethical persuasive techniques: those practices will lend themselves to the attraction and retention of employees who find cheating acceptable and who will ultimately cheat the organisation as a consequence."~~ Robert Cialdini ('Pre-Suasion' 2016 p11) ~~

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." LoD...for which excellent quote I am indebted to my Scottish correspondent. ~~ Cyril Connolly ~~

"Up until today you believed there was a line between myth and reality. Maybe a very fine line sometimes but at least there was a line. Those things out there are REAL. If they're real, what else is real? You know what lives in the shadows now. You may never get another night's sleep as long as you live."~~ Megan (from 'Dog Soldiers') ~~

"...with the satisfied air of a man who thinks he has an idea of his own because he has commented on the idea of another..."~~ Alexandre Dumas; "The Count of Monte Cristo" ~~

"A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering."~~ Freeman Dyson ~~

"In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep."~~ Albert Einstein ~~

"There exists, therefore, for the individual, an I-time, or subjective time.
This in itself is not measurable."~~ Albert Einstein ~~

"I always felt that a scientist owes the world only one thing, and that is the truth as he sees it. If the truth contradicts deeply held beliefs, that is too bad. Tact and diplomacy are fine in international relations, in politics, perhaps even in business; in science only one thing matters, and that is the facts."~~ Hans Eysenck ~~

"The first principle of practical Stoicism, is this: we don't react to events; we react to our judgments about them, and the judgments are up to us."~~ Ward Farnsworth ~~

"There is no idea, however ancient and absurd that is not capable of improving our knowledge."~~ Paul Feyerabend ~~

"It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong."~~ Richard P. Feynman ~~

"We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn't any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work." psycOi! Psychologists at the back. Talking to you now.~~ Richard Feynman in his 1966 Nobel Lecture ~~

"There were 183 of us freshmen and a bowling ball hanging from the three-story ceiling to just above the floor. Feynman walked in and, without a word, grabbed the ball and backed against the wall with the ball touching his nose. He let go, and the ball swung slowly 60 feet across the room and back - stopping naturally just short of crushing his face. Then he took the ball again, stepped forward, and said: 'I wanted to show you that I believe in what I'm going to teach you over the next two years.' "~~ Michael Scott, as quoted in "Caltech Grad's Donation Honors Late Professor" ~~

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool."~~ Richard Feynman's address to graduating students of CalTech in 1974 ~~

"We have learned from experience that the truth will come out."~~ Richard Feynman's address to graduating students of CalTech in 1974 ~~

...stereotyping "operates in the service of control"~~ Fiske (1993 p623) ~~

"Just because you're offended doesn't mean you're right"~~ Ricky Gervais ~~

"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein's brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."~~ Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda's Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History ~~

"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."~~ R.A. Heinlein ~~

"Well, you know, some people believe that they're Napoleon. That's fine. Beliefs are neat. Cherish them, but don't share them like they're the truth."~~ Bill Hicks ('True', 2002, p. 44.) ~~

"...that which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence."~~ Christopher Hitchens ~~

"Be ... suspicious ... of all those who employ the term 'we' or 'us' without your permission. This is [a] form of surreptitious conscription ... Always ask who this 'we' is; as often as not it's an attempt to smuggle tribalism through the customs."~~ Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian ~~

"Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. ...the grave will supply plenty of time for silence."~~ Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian ~~

"I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves."~~ Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir ~~

"Scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the unpardonable sin."~~ Huxley ~~

"To a wise Bayesian, when evidence is cheap to acquire, absence of evidence is indeed evidence of absence."~~ Garrett Jones ~~

"No one becomes depraved all at once."~~ Juvenal ~~

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. "~~ Rudyard Kipling ~~

"They are playing a game. They are playing at not playing a game. If I show them I see they are, I shall break the rules and they will punish me. I must play their game, of not seeing I see the game"~~ R.D. Laing ('Knots' p.1) ~~

"Quae amissa salva"~~ (What has been lost is safe) ~~

"Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris."~~ (If Caesar was alive, you'd be chained to an oar.) ~~

"All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake up in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible."~~ T. E. Lawrence ~~

"To everyone all over the world that ever picked me (or even a leg or arm) up, I am always (although not always visibly) grateful and ready to do the same in return. As for the other kind: It's not working, is it? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"~~ Lemmy Kilmister ~~

"It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end."~~ Primo Levi ~~

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."~~ C. S. Lewis ~~

"If you don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?"~~ W. S. Maugham ~~

"Soon to the sport of death the crews repair:
Rodmond unerring o'er his head suspends
The barbed steel, and every turn attends."~~ Herman Melville ~~

"You don't need people's opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: Which number is bigger, 15 or 5? Do owls exist? Are there hats?"~~ Steve Mnuchin ~~

"...if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire..."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"I am one thing, my writings are another."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"Idleness is the parent of psychology."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"Rule? Press my type on others? Dreadful. Is not my happiness precisely the sight of many who are different? Problem."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"I notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar."~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~

"Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail."~~ Henry Petroski ~~

"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."~~ Edgar Allan Poe ~~

"It is easy to obtain confirmations, or verifications, for nearly every theory - if we look for confirmations."~~ Karl Popper ~~

"Every 'good' scientific theory is a prohibition: it forbids certain things to happen. The more a theory forbids, the better it is."~~ Karl Popper ~~

"A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific. Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice."~~ Karl Popper ~~

"Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or to refute it."~~ Karl Popper ~~

"One can sum up all this by saying that the criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability, or refutability, or testability."~~ Karl Popper ~~

"It's not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing it."~~ Sir Terry Pratchett (of course) ~~

"But ye gotta know where ye're just gonna rush in. Ye cannae just rush in anywhere. It looks bad, havin' to rush oout again straight awa'."~~ Feegle tactics (Sir Terry Pratchett, 'The Wee Free Men') ~~

"Real children don't go hoppity-skip unless they are on drugs."~~ Susan, the ultimate sensible governess (Sir Terry Pratchett, 'Hogfather') ~~

"Human beings make life so interesting. Do you know, that in a universe so full of wonders, they have managed to invent boredom."~~ Sir Terry Pratchett ~~

"It is well known that a vital ingredient of success is not knowing that what you're attempting can't be done."~~ Sir Terry Pratchett ~~

"Now...if you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams...and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy."~~ - Miss Tick's priceless advice to Tiffany Aching, by the incomparable Sir Terry Pratchett. ~~

"If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers."~~ Thomas Pynchon from his 1972 novel 'Gravity's RainbowGravity's Rainbow is a 1973 novel by American writer Thomas Pynchon, traversing a wide range of knowledge, the novel transgresses boundaries between high and low culture, between literary propriety and profanity, and between science and speculative metaphysics.'. ~~

"Nullius in Verba" - "on the word of nobody" NIV'Nullius in Verba', roughly translates as 'Take nobody's word for it', and is an expression of the determination to withstand the domination of authority and to verify all statements by an appeal to facts determined by experiment...or more roughly "That's what you claim, now prove it or push off".
How we miss the good old days of rigorous science.
~~ The Royal Society's motto ~~

"The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but that’s the way to bet."~~ Damon Runyon ~~

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."~~ Santayana ~~

In 1847 the Hungarian surgeon Ignaz Semmelweiss reduced the death rate in his hospital from 12% to 2%, by washing hands between operations, something most children today might advocate. When Semmelweiss entreated his colleagues to introduce such hygiene to the operating theatres, he was committed to a mental hospital where he eventually died.~~requiescat in pace Ignaz Semmelweiss ~~

"Nothing is ever accomplished by a reasonable man."~~ George Bernard Shaw ~~

"It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."~~ Upton Sinclair ~~

"When the buffalo are gone, we will hunt mice, for we are hunters and we want our freedom."~~ Sitting BullFascinating reading (attributed) ~~

"Each uneventful day that passes reinforces a steadily growing false sense of confidence that everything is all right - that I, we, my group must be OK because the way we did things today resulted in no adverse consequences."~~ Scott Snook in the context of the 'normalisation of deviance'. ~~

"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered."~~ Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead ~~

"In Northwest Alaska, kunlangeta "might be applied to a man who, for example, repeatedly lies and cheats and steals things and does not go hunting, and, when the other men are out of the village, takes sexual advantage of many women." The Inuits tacitly assume that kunlangeta is irremediable. And so, according to Murphy, the traditional Inuit approach to such a man was to insist he go hunting, and then, in the absence of witnesses, push him off the edge of the ice."~~ Martha Stout, The Sociopath Next Door ~~

"He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself;"~~ August Strindberg (from 'The Dance of Death') ~~

"Al-jatek fi mallek samahatek." (What has befallen your money has prevented something bad happening to you.)SP...or: "What affects your money has pardoned you".~~ Sudanese Proverb ~~

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves."~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~

"Video et Taceo"
("I see, and say nothing", or as I prefer "I watch and wait")~~ One of the mottos of Elizabeth I ~~

"En fleira er mönnum til hugganar en fébætur einar." ("There are more things to be thought of by men than money alone.")~~ The Saga of Grettir the Strong, Chapter 47 ~~

"Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices."~~ Voltaire ~~

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