— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
„Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.“
— David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Catching the Big Fish (2006), Context: Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful. Introduction, p. 1
„I don't believe in this nonsense about time. Time is just common, it's like water for a fish. Everybody's in this water, nobody gets out of it, or if he does the same thing happens to him that happens to the fish, he dies. And you know what happens in this water, time? The big fish eat the little fish. That's all. The big fish eat the little fish and the ocean doesn't care.“
— James Baldwin (1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987
Giovanni's Room (1956), Pt. 1, Ch. 2 - p.31
— Thomas Shadwell English poet and playwright 1642 - 1692
The True Widow (1679), Act III, sc. i.
— Shannon Hale American fantasy novelist 1974
— Peter of Blois French poet and diplomat
Aqua turbida piscosior est. Letter 50, to Henry, Bishop of Bayeux, 1170, in J. A. Giles (ed.) Petri blesensis bathoniensis archidiaconi opera omnia (Oxonii: J. H. Parker, 1846-7) vol. 1, p. 155; translation from Provérbios Latinos. http://www.hkocher.info/minha_pagina/adagia/adagia_a.htm
„I often went fishing up in Maine during the summer. Personally I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I have found that for some strange reason, fish prefer worms. So when I went fishing, I didn’t think about what I wanted. I thought about what they wanted. I didn't bait the hook with strawberries and cream. Rather, I dangled a worm or grasshopper in front of the fish and said: "Wouldn't you like to have that?"“
— Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), Why not use the same common sense when fishing for people? Ch. 3.
„I, the solitary fish, a fish apart
(apart at least from the tree fish and the stone fish),
write, at isolated moments, a tiny fish or two
whose glittering scales, so fleeting,
may only be the dark's embarrassed wink.“
— Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
Poems New and Collected (1998), Salt (1962), "In Heraclitus' River"
„The island is in Kenya, the water is in Uganda… But the [Luos, a Kenyan ethnic group] are mad, they want to fish here but this is Uganda.“
— Yoweri Museveni President of Uganda 1944
2000s, On Migingo Island's ownership, as quoted in "Kenyan MPs' fury over island row" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8048771.stm (13 May 2009), BBC News, United Kingdom: British Broadcasting Corporation