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