Fish Quotes

Quotes tagged as "fish" (showing 1-30 of 176)
Edith Sitwell
“I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.”
Edith Sitwell

Rick Riordan
“She'd also called me brave...unless she was talking to the catfish.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Cormac McCarthy
“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Franz Kafka
“Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you any more.”
Franz Kafka

Scott Adams
“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

Terry Pratchett
“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, A Hat Full of Sky

J.R.R. Tolkien
“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

George Bernard Shaw
“A photographer is like a cod, which produces a million eggs in order that one may reach maturity.”
George Bernard Shaw

Tera Lynn Childs
“I'm going to teach you to ride Princess."
"My motorcycle."
I laugh. "You named your motorcycle Princess?"
"What can I say?" he teases. "I call all my favorite things princess.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins

Erin Morgenstern
“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, The Night Circus

Britney Spears
“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

P.G. Wodehouse
“I flung open the door. I got a momentary flash of about a hundred and fifteen cats of all sizes and colours scrapping in the middle of the room, and then they all shot past me with a rush and out of the front door; and all that was left of the mobscene was the head of a whacking big fish, lying on the carpet and staring up at me in a rather austere sort of way, as if it wanted a written explanation and apology.”
P.G. Wodehouse, A Wodehouse Bestiary

George W. Bush
“I know the human being and fish can co-exist peacefully.”
George W. Bush

Mark Nepo
“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)”
Mark Nepo, Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives

Karl Pilkington
“They keep saying that sea levels are rising an' all this. It's nowt to do with the icebergs melting, it's because there's too many fish in it. Get rid of some of the fish and the water will drop. Simple. Basic science.”
Karl Pilkington, The Ricky Gervais Show - First, Second and Third Seasons

Craig Silvey
“I never understood why you would ever feel the need to shoot the fish in the barrel. I mean, they're in a barrel, you've already caught them. The hard work's done, they can't escape. So if you want them dead, just drain the water out. Why bring guns into it?”
Craig Silvey, Jasper Jones

“The cure for unhappiness...It's this: What a person needs is always more than they say.”

Mervyn Peake
“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

David Foster Wallace
“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, Infinite Jest
tags: fish, joke

“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

Herbert Hoover
“All men are equal before fish.”
Herbert Hoover

C. JoyBell C.
“Beauty without grace is like a fish far displaced from the water and looking at this kind of beauty is like watching that fish die right there on the cement in front of you.”
C. JoyBell C.

Douglas Adams
“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 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Ursula K. Le Guin
“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, Catwings

“I am a pisces, a fish out of water, searching for a way back home.”
James Kidd

Douglas Adams
“Fenchurch had red mullet and said it was delicious.
Arthur had a swordfish steak and said it made him angry. He grabbed a passing waitress by the arm and berated her.
“Why’s this fish so bloody good?” he demanded, angrily.”
Douglas Adams, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

“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, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Charles Simic
“A true confession: I believe in a soluble fish.”
Charles Simic, The Unemployed Fortune-Teller: Essays and Memoirs

Paul Gallico
“Japanese goldfish,
With your gossamer tail,
You are the loveliest creature
I have ever seen."

"Japanese kitten,
Put your tongue back in where it belongs
And go away.
I know exactly what you are thinking.”
Paul Gallico, Honorable Cat

“O Heavenly Children, God's messengers are as limitless as the fish in the sea. They come in all colors, regions, languages and creeds. But their message is one and the same, don't you see? He only wishes to unite all His children under one family tree.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

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