Fish Quotes


  • Piscem natare doces
    o Translation: You’re teaching a fish to swim.
    o Anonymous Latin saying

  • Fish and guests in three days are stale.
    o John Lyly, Euphues (1579)

  • Fish not, with this melancholy bait,
    For this fool-gudgeon, this opinion.
    o William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I, sc. i

  • A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
    o William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, sc. iii

  • Bait the hook well: this fish will bite.
    o William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act II, sc. iii

  • I am, out of the ladies’ company, like a fish out of water.
    o Thomas Shadwell, A True Widow, Act III, sc. i (1679)

  • It was always the biggest fish I caught that got away.
    o Eugene Field, Our Biggest Fish, st. 2

  • Only the gamefish swims upstream,
    But the sensible fish swims down.
    o Ogden Nash, When You Say That, Smile

  • People would cry for the death of a bird, but never for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those who have a voice.
    o Ghost in the Shell


  • This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organizing genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.
    o Aneurin Bevan, speech at Blackpool 24 May 1945.

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