Look to your health and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
God has two dwellings one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.
No man can lose what he never had
As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.
The great secretary of Nature and all learning, Sir Francis Bacon.
I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.
That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
I have laid aside business, and gone a-fishing.
I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, That which is everybody's business is nobody's business.
Of which, if thou be a severe, sour-complexioned man, then I here disallow thee to be a competent judge.
I love such mirth as does not make friends ashamed to look upon one another next morning.
Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.
Angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so: I mean, with inclinations to it, though both may be heightened by discourse and practice
Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery element are made for wise men to contemplate, and for fools to pass by without consideration.
This dish of meat is too good for any but anglers, or very honest men.
The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.
Let the blessing of St. Peter's Master be...upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling.
Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.
I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a-fishing.