Fish Quotes & Sayings

“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll buy a funny hat. Talk to a hungry man about fish, and you’re a consultant.” -Scott Adams
“Teach all men to fish, but first teach all men to be fair. Take less, give more. Give more of yourself, take less from the world. Nobody owes you anything, you owe the world everything.” – Suzy Kassem
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

“Once we were blobs in the sea, and then fishes, and then lizards and rats and then monkeys, and hundreds of things in between. This hand was once a fin, this hand once had claws! In my human mouth I have the pointy teeth of a wolf and the chisel teeth of a rabbit and the grinding teeth of a cow! Our blood is as salty as the sea we used to live in! When we’re frightened, the hair on our skin stands up, just like it did when we had fur. We are history! Everything we’ve ever been on the way to becoming us, we still are. […]

I’m made up of the memories of my parents and my grandparents, all my ancestors. They’re in the way I look, in the colour of my hair. And I’m made up of everyone I’ve ever met who’s changed the way I think.” – Terry Pratchett

“That’s the beauty of it. Have you seen the contraptions these magicians build to accomplish the most mundane feats? They are a bunch of fish covered in feathers trying to convince the public they can fly, I am simply a bird in their midst.” – Erin Morgenstern
“I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don’t like eating fish. And I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.” – Britney Spears

“I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully.” – George W. Bush
“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” – Mark Nepo
“As I see it, life is an effort to grip before they slip through one’s fingers and slide into oblivion, the startling, the ghastly or the blindingly exquisite fish of the imagination before they whip away on the endless current and are lost for ever in oblivion’s black ocean.” – Mervyn Peake

“This wise old whiskery fish swims up to three young fish and goes, ‘Morning, boys, how’s the water?’ and swims away; and the three young fish watch him swim away and look at each other and go, ‘What the fuck is water?’ and swim away.” – David Foster Wallace
“I knew I was a grain of sand in the vast desert that never ended and he was a sparkling star in the sky. I was a fish who couldn’t breathe in air and had to stay in dark waters forever while he was a majestic bird who soared so high that he barely touched the ground. I did not deserve him. I could only watch him from down here and wish, wish that he could come here someday. That he could know that I existed. But for that, he had to fall. He had to drop to the ground but I could not let that happen. And then I thought, birds are meant to fly and stars are meant to shine and if someone takes it away from them, they can’t be the same anymore. So, I just prayed that his wings never fail him, that the star never explodes. And I was at peace.” – Aleena Yasin
“All men are equal before fish.” – Herbert Hoover

“He would have felt safe if alongside the Dentrassis’ underwear, the piles of Sqornshellous mattresses and the man from Betelgeuse holding up a small yellow fish and offering to put it in his ear he had been able to see just a small packet of cornflakes. But he couldn’t, and he didn’t feel safe.” – Douglas Adams
“The fish in the creek said nothing. Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
“My will contains directions for my funeral which will be followed not by mourning coaches but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small travelling aquarium of live Fish, all wearing scarves in honour of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow-creatures. It will be, with the exception of Noah’s Ark, the most remarkable thing of the kind ever seen.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Any performance is discussable from the standpoint of what it attains or what it misses. Comprehensiveness can be discussed as superficiality, intensiveness as stricture, tolerance as uncertainty and the poor pedestrian abilities of a Fish are clearly explainable in terms of his excellence as a swimmer. A way of seeing is also a way of not seeing.” – Kenneth Burke
“Who, of men, can tell That flowers would bloom, or that green fruit would swell To melting pulp, that Fish would have bright mail, The earth its dower of river, wood, and vale, The meadows runnels, runnels pebble-stones, The seed its harvest, or the lute its tones, Tones ravishment, or ravishment its sweet, If human souls did never kiss and greet?” – John Keats
“Tiktaalik blurs the boundary between Fish and land animals. This animal is both Fish and tetrapod; we lovingly call it a ‘fishapod’.” – Neil Shubin

“That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.” – Thomas Fuller
“No more than a fish loves water.” – William Shakespeare

Proverbs

“At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish.” – Thai Proverb
“Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish.” – Indonesian Proverb
“A child without a mother is like a fish in shallow water.” – Myanmar Proverb

“The bigger the river the bigger the fish.” – Portuguese Proverb
“If you are not a fish, how can you know if the fish are happy?” – Chinese Proverb
“May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.” – Irish Blessing
“A cat loves fish, but won’t risk its claws.” – Yiddish Proverb
“Nothing is so clean as a fish.” – Welsh Proverbs
“Who owns the bank owns the fish.” – Russian Proverb
“There is no need for fish in an empty pond.” – Iranian Proverbs
“Who hears the fishes when they cry?” – Henry David Thoreau
“Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water.” – Chinese Proverb
“To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing.” – Chinese Proverb
“When asked, “What news from the sea?” The fish replied “I have a lot to say, but my mouth is full of water.” – Armenian Proverb
“A fish gets bigger when it gets away.” – Japanese Proverb
“A cat likes to eat fresh fish but it will not go into the water.” – Mongolian Proverb
“Water can do without fish, fish cannot do without water.” – Chinese Proverb
“Where there is fish, there is water.” – Japanese Proverbs
“A fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut.” – Korean Proverbs

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