Quotes by Izaak Walton

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An excellent angler, and now with God. more...

I am, Sir, a brother of the angle. more...

This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men. more...

If all the theories were correct, there wouldn't be a fish left in all of our lakes and rivers and streams. more...

These poor rich men, we anglers pity them perfectly. more...

You cannot lose what you never had. more...

God has two dwellings; one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart. more...

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. more...

I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing. more...

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. more...

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learned. more...

God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling. more...

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. more...

As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler. more...

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping. more...

That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. more...

I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning. more...

No man can lose what he never had. more...

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things. more...

In so doing, use him as though you loved him. more...

I have then with pleasure concluded with Solomon, Everything is beautiful in his season. more...

I love any discourse of rivers, and fish and fishing. more...

For love is a flattering mischief, that hath denied aged and wise men a foresight of those evils that too often prove to be the children of that blind father; a passion, that carries us to commit errors with as much ease as whirlwinds move feathers, and begets in us an unwearied industry to the attainment of what we desire. more...

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 more...

Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself. more...

Oh, the gallant fisher's life!It is the best of any;'T is full of pleasure, void of strife,And 't is beloved by many. more...

It [angling] deserves commendations;... it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man. more...

But God, who is ableto prevail, wrestled with him, as the Angel did with Jacob, and marked him; marked him for his own. more...

Angling may be saidtobe so likemathematics, that itcan never be fully learnt. more...

Health is...a blessing that money cannot buy. more...

Let me tell you that every misery I miss is a new blessing. more...

The person who loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping. more...

Of this blest man, let his just praise be given, Heaven was in him, before he was in Heaven. more...

The will of man is by his reason swayed. more...

Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good. more...

There are offences given and offences not given but taken. more...

Angling may be said to be so like the Mathematics that it can never be fully learnt; at least not so fully but that there will still be more new experiments left for the trial of other men that succeed us. more...

Blessings we enjoy daily, and for most of them, because they be so common, we forget to pay our praises. But let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him who still protects us, and gives us flowers and showers and meat and content. more...

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. more...

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. more...

He directed that the stone over his grave be inscribed: Hic jacet hujus sententiae primus auctor: DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES. more...

Blessings we enjoy daily, and for the most of them, because they be so common, men forget to pay their praises. [and miss much of their benefits from grateful appreciation] more...

Let me tell you that every misery I miss is a new blessing. [Not only be grateful for the good that you have but also for the bad you don't!] more...

[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. more...

I have known a very good, fisher angle diligently four or six hours for a river carp, and not have a bite. more...

A companion that feasts the company with and mirth, and leaves out the sin which is usually mixed with them, he is the man; and let me tell you, good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. more...

He that loses his conscience has nothing left that is worth keeping. Therefore be sure you look to that, and in the next place look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience. more...

Let us be thankful for health and competence, and, above all, for a quiet conscience. more...

And for winter fly-fishing it is as useful as an almanac out of date. more...

It was wisely said, by a man of great observation, that there are as many miseries beyond riches as on this side of them. more...

Let us not repine, or so much as think the gifts of God unequally dealt, if we see another abound with riches, when, as God knows, the cares that are the keys that keep those riches hang often so heavily at the rich man's girdle that they dog him with weary days and restless nights, even when others sleep quietly. more...

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. more...

[T]is not all fishing to fish. more...

Lord, what music hast thou provided for Thy saints in heaven, when Thou affordest bad men such music on earth! more...

It is agreed by most men, that the Eele is a most daintie fish; the Romans have esteemed her the Helena of their feasts, and some The Queen of pleasure. more...

Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so... more...

No life is so happy and so pleasant as the life of the well-govern'd angler. more...

Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration. more...

Doubtless God Could Have Made A Better Berry, But Doubtless God Never Did more...

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. more...

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. more...

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that money cannot buy; therefore value it, and be thankful for it. more...

He directed the stone over his grave to be thus inscribed: Hie jacet hujus Sententiae primus Author: Disputandi pruritus ecclesiarum scabies. Nomen alias quaere. Here lies the first author of this sentence: The itch of disputation will prove the scab of the Church. Inquire his name elsewhere. more...

So long as thou art ignorant, be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities; and when justified, the chiefest of all follies. more...

O! the gallant fisher's life, It is the best of any: 'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife, And 'tis beloved by many. Other joys Are but toys; Only this, Lawful is; For our skill Breeds no ill, But content and pleasure. more...

Blessings we enjoy daily; and for most of them, because they be so common, most men forget to pay their praises; but let not us, because it is a sacrifice so pleasing to Him that made the sun and us, and still protects us, and gives us flowers and showers and meat and content. more...

Of this blest man, let his just praise be given, Heaven was in him, before he was in Heaven. more...

I regard them, as Charles the Emperor did Florence, that they are too pleasant to be looked upon except on holidays. more...

It is an art worthy the knowledge and patience of a wise man. more...

And let me tell you that every misery I miss is a new blessing. more...

Oh the brave Fisher's life, It is the best of any, 'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife, And 'tis belov'd of many: Other joys Are but toys; Only this Lawful is, For our skill Breeds no ill, But content and pleasure. more...

Of recreation there is none So free as fishing is, alone; All other pastimes do not less Than mind and body, both possess: My hand alone my work can do; So I can fish and study too. more...

Affliction is a divine diet which though it be not pleasing to mankind, yet almighty God hath often imposed it as a good, thought bitter, physic, to those children whose souls are dearest to him. more...

I have laid aside business, and gone a-fishing. more...

Angling is an Art... an art worth your learning. more...

But God, who is able to prevail, wrestled with him, as the Angel did with Jacob, and marked him; marked him for his own; marked him with a blessing, a blessing of obedience to the motions of his blessed Spirit. more...

The great secretary of Nature and all learning, Sir Francis Bacon. more...

Of which, if thou be a severe, sour-complexioned man, then I here disallow thee to be a competent judge. more...

Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt. more...

I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a-fishing. more...

As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter. more...

It deserves commendations;... it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man. more...

Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element are made for wise men to contemplate, and for fools to pass by without consideration. more...

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. more...

I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, That which is everybody's business is nobody's business. more...

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy. more...

Let the blessing of St. Peter's Master be...upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling. more...

O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly? more...

Blessings upon all that hate contention, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling. more...

If you can't be content with what you have received, be thankful for what you have escaped. more...

And though it is most certain, that two lutes being both strung and turned to an equal pitch, and then one played upon, the other will warble a faint audible harmony in answer to the same tune: yet many will not believe there is any such thing as sympathy of souls, and I am well pleased that every reader do enjoy his own opinion. more...

He had too thoughtful a wit: like a penknife in too narrow a sheath, too sharp for his body. more...

The first men that our Saviour dear Did choose to wait upon Him here; Blest fishers were; and fish the last Food was, that He on earth did taste: I therefore strive to follow those, Whom He to follow 'Him hath chose. more...

The Waters are Nature's storehouse in which she locks up her wonders.. more...

And, for the learned Bishop, it is observable, that at that time, there fell to be a modest debate about Predestination, and Sanctity of life; of both which, the Orator did not long after send the Bishop some safe and useful Aphorisms, in a long Letter written in Greek; which, was so remarkable for the language, and matter, that after the reading of it, the Bishop put it into his bosom, and did often shew it to Scholars, both of this, and foreign Nations; but did always return it back to the place where he first lodg'd it, and continu'd it so near his heart, till the last day of his life. more...

We may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries: 'Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did. more...


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