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Izaak Walton (1593 – 1683)


English writer, author of The Compleat Angler.
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.
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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.
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It [angling] deserves commendations; it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.




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No man can lose what he never had.
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Sir Henry Wotton was a most dear lover and a frequent practiser of the Art of Angling; of which he would say, "'T was an employment for his idle time, which was then not idly spent, a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contentedness;" and "that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it."
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This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
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As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
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The great secretary of Nature and all learning, Sir Francis Bacon.
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An excellent angler, and now with God.
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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.
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I am, sir, a Brother of the Angle.




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I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning.
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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.
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God has two dwellings one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
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As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
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I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, "That which is everybody's business is nobody's business."
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Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
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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.
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Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.
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Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.


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