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September 26, 2008

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Chad Love: Great Outdoor Quotes

I need help from some of the more learned readers of F&S. What I need are great historical hunting and/or fishing quotes or verse. Think Isaac Walton or Peter Beckford type material. You know, the timeless stuff. Quotes from the 'Nuge - while entertaining -  won't cut it.

Why, you ask? Interesting question, that.

I recently came into possession of a number of polished granite headstones. Now before you jump to any grave-robbing conclusions, I picked them up from an old building that used to be a monument company but is very soon going to be a pile of rubble. My plumber bought the property and told me I could scrounge anything I wanted. Imagine my surprise to find all these beautiful slabs of granite just lying around.

So I brought them home, much to my wife's chagrin. She flatly refused to allow me to scatter them through her flowerbeds. I thought it would be quirky and off-beat, but for some reason she considered it morbid and disturbing.

Since my reputation in the neighborhood is already a bit dodgy, I reluctantly agreed, but then hit on a great idea: I would find timeless quotes, inscribe them on the granite and place them strategically around our property! Even my wife agreed it was a pretty cool idea.

For example, this one is, which I found on Steve Bodio's excellent blog is going in front of my dog kennels: "Hee cannot be a gentleman whych loveth not a dogge" which comes from a 1555 book entitled "The Institucion of a Gentleman."

"Litera Scripta Manet" or "the written word endures" will be going on a slab placed outside my office window, while the Ben Johnson quote that hangs above the Shakespeare & Co. book store in Paris  "Thou art alive still while thy book doth live and we have wits to read and praise to give" will be going in my front yard.

So I've got dogs, literature and books covered. Now I need some immortal hunting and/or fishing quotes. The kind of timeless, trenchant wisdom worthy of being etched forever into a block of solid granite and proudly displayed to the whole world, or at least to the mailman, the UPS driver and the guy who jogs by my house every day.

Any ideas? 



"Y'all know me. You know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it's not gonna be pleasent. Bad fish. Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommy cod. This shark, swallow you whole. No shakin', no tenderizin', down you go." - Quint, Jaws 1975.

C'mon, what a great quote for a mock headstone


How does that saying go? "Someday I hope to be the man that my dog thinks I am."


"A fisherman, though, takes a hangover as a matter of course - after a couple of hours of fishing, it goes away, all except the dehydration, but then he is standing all day in water."

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It.

suburban bushwacker

“...one must have a good pair of legs. If automobiles, elevators, and general laziness have not ruined your powers of locomotion, you may follow the dogs; otherwise, you had best stay at home.”
Saxton Pope from hunting with a bow and arrow

C'mon what's not to like? this would be perfect.

keith h.

"I've learned and forgotten countless times that life is a limited-time offer." - Bill Heavey

keith h

"Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not the FISH they are after." -Henry David Thoreau

keith h

"Some men go to church and think about fishing, while others go fishing and think about God." - unknown

PA Gunner

"they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment to explain their frustrations."

Barack Obama on rural Pennsylvania

keith h

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." - Doug Larson

keith h.

"Give a man a fish and you've given him dinner; teach a man to fish and he'll be late for dinner." - unknown


How about:

"We do not hunt in order to kill; we kill in order to hunt."


By the way, JC: I LOVE that movie & that quote, hell yeah! If you watch it enough times, you start noticing the mistakes...and that's when you're a TRUE jaws fan.


I know these are not fishing and hunting, but still:

To trust is good. To not trust is better.

To thine own self be true.

The lady doth protest too much me thinks.


Oh, one of my favorites:

"To kill something as great as a duck just to smell the gunpowder is a crime against nature."
- Alan Liere

Mike Diehl

There is hunting in heaven --
Sleep safe till tomorrow.”

William Carlos Williams

NH Philosopher

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nick Diestelhorst

"From My Cold Dead Hands!!!!"
C. Hesston

NH Philosopher

When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.
Ernest Hemingway

Is there some principal of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone?
Herman Melville

(My Personal Favorite)
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.
Ernest Hemingway

Happy Myles

The best part of hunting, was the thinking about the going and the talking about it after you got back.

Robert Ruark, The Old Man And The Boy(1953)


Here's one of my favorites.

"In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia."
Charles A. Lindbergh


I remembered it!

"My goal in life is to be the person my dog think I am."


Theodore Roosevelt

"The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom."

"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us."


Happy Myles:Glad to see some Ruark got into the mix.

This ones not about outdoors or hunting, but here goes.
"America wasn't won with a registered gun."


"If it's brown, it's down."

said by pretty much every deer hunter during the final week of the season.


"to go with .22 or with the 30/06, that is the question."

-some one in some place.

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