Fish Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fish quotes, fish sayings, and fish proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Fish is the only food that is considered spoiled once it smells like what it is. P.J. O'Rourke
Remember folks, fish are like relatives. After two days, they stink. Bobby Heenan
Give me a fish and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish and I eat for a lifetime. Chinese Proverbs
No good fish goes anywhere without a porpoise. Lewis Carroll
A little bait catches a large fish. John Taylor Wood
The biggest fish he ever caught were those that got away. Eugene Field
Fish in another man's pond and you will catch crabs. Habeeb Akande
Net the large fish and you are sure to have the small fry. George Eliot
In a shared fish, there are no bones. Democritus
He that would fish, must venture his bait. Benjamin Franklin
The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. Jacques Yves Cousteau
The fish who keeps on swimming is the first to chill upstream. Nick Hexum
Dont give a child a fish but show him how to fish. Mao Zedong
Fish, to taste right, must swim three times - in water, in butter, and in wine. Proverb
A fish may love a bird, but where would they live? Drew Barrymore
If the fish had not opened its mouth, it would not have been caught. Proverb
A fish is more valuable swimming in the sea maintaining the integrity of oceanic eco-systems than it is on anyone's plate. Paul Watson
The fish once caught, new bait will hardly bite. Edmund Spenser
It's okay to eat fish because they don't have any feelings. Kurt Cobain
Fish always stinks from the head downwards. Proverb
Only dead fish go with the flow. unknown
If you want to be a different fish, jump out of school. Don Van Vliet
Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface. Its their way of falling. Andre Gide
Even a fish could stay out of trouble if it would just learn to keep its mouth shut. unknown
Don't bargain for fish which are still in the water. Indian Proverb
When you bait the hook with your heart, the fish always bite. John Burroughs
Venture a small fish to catch a great one. English Proverb
It is better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a mighty ocean. Proverb
Remember, a dead fish can float down stream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream. W. C. Fields
Bait the hook well. This fish will bite. William Shakespeare
A fish has no concept of water. Janet Fitch
There are plenty of fish in the sea. American Proverb
Empty the pond to get the fish. Robert Bresson
The fish in the water that is thirsty needs serious professional counseling. Kabir
The last thing a fish would ever notice would be water Ralph Linton
Never leave fish to find fish. Moses
If you want to catch more fish, use more hooks. George Allen Sr
It's no fish ye're buying, it's men's lives. Walter Scott
There are fish in the sea better than have ever been caught. Irish Sayings
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Maimonides
Fish recognize a bad leader. Conan O'Brien
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers. Herbert Hoover
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
Knowledge does not keep any better than fish. Alfred North Whitehead
Throw a lucky man into the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. Arabic Proverbs
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. Benjamin Franklin
He missed you like a fish in a bowl misses the open sea. Catherynne M. Valente
The tiny fish enjoy themselves in the sea. D.H. Lawrence
If you give a person a fish, they'll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they'll fish for a lifetime. Dan Quayle
One fish. Two fish. Red fish. Blue fish. Black fish. Blue fish. Old fish. New fish. This one has a little star. This one has a little car. Say! What a lot of fish there are. Dr. Seuss
The one thing that a fish can never find is water; and the one thing that man can never find is God. Eric Butterworth
A great lie is like a great fish on dry land; it may fret and fling and make a frightful bother, but it cannot hurt you. You have only to keep still, and it will die of itself. George Crabbe
A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. Gloria Steinem
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau
Fishing is great discipline in the equality of men - because All men are equal before fish. Herbert Hoover
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money. Indian Proverb
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow. Jim Hightower
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish. John Ruskin
He who does not love his own language is worse than an animal and a smelly fish. Jose Rizal
Life is a big sea full of many fish. I let down my nets and pulled. I'm still pulling. Langston Hughes
If you believe in your heart that you are right, then you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time. Linda Ellerbee
When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain. Mark Twain
Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish. Muhammad Ali
Always have your hook baited, in the pool where least think it, there will be a fish. Ovid
I want to get out in the water. I want to see fish, real fish, not fish in a laboratory. Sylvia Earle
At high tide the fish eat ants; at low tide the ants eat fish. Thai Proverb
Fish should smell like the ocean. If they smell like fish, it's too late. unknown
The fish only knows that it lives in the water, after it is already on the river bank. Without our awareness of another world out there, it would never occur to us to change. unknown
Shakespearean fish swam the sea, far away from land; Romantic fish swam in nets coming to the hand. William Butler Yeats
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones. William Shakespeare
I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. Zhuangzi
The fish in the deep water do not know how the fish by the river's edge feel. G. Llewellyn Watson
Fish is brain food. People who eat fish have large, well-developed brains. Peopl with large, well-developed brain don't fish. Macr Anello
A little fish in a big pond has plenty of room to swim. Irving Berlin
A fish won't do anything, but swim in a brook. Johnny Burke
The great fish eat the small. Alexander Barclay
The fish is the star of the plate. Eric Ripert
Every fish in the ocean is in danger. Paul Watson
Fish are not the best authority on water. Jane Yolen
Fish without wine is like egg without salt. Auguste Escoffier