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.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


Only dead fish go with the flow.     


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.     


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.     


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.     


The last thing a fish would ever notice would be water     

Ralph Linton

Never leave fish to find fish.     


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.     


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.      


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.     


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.     


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.     


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