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A hypocrite is someone who works so hard so to have a fishing trip, but does
not go at the end because he has more work to do.
A hypocrite is a guy who writes a book on atheism, and prays it
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams; —
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the
pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger."
-William Humphrey in "The
Armchair Angler" "The solution to any problem
-- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be." "Creeps
and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip."
"Eventually, all things merge
into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement
of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I
am haunted by waters."
"Poets talk about "spots of
time", but it is really the fishermen who experience eternity compressed into a moment. No one can tell what a spot of
time is until suddenly the whole world is a fish and the fish is gone."
- (Unnamed) "You and I agreed, did we not, that "rodney" is oblivious to everything, say,
but some weight and varnish."
- (Unnamed) "Therefore, does it follow that he is just as oblivious to Gus? Even though Gus is his
maker. Even though Gus controls his destiny. Even though Gus'; let's go ahead and call it Gus'; is his essence."
- (Unnamed) "Yes,
- (Unnamed) "Then,
therefore, is it possible that maybe you and I are just as oblivious to the presence of a creator? Just as oblivious to a
controller of our destiny? Just as oblivious to our essence. An essence that wields you and I even more deftly than you wield
-- the river why "The fish and I were both stunned and
disbelieving to find ourselves connected by a line."
- (Unnamed) "There's just nothing like the feel of a trout dancing through the river, making your pole
pulse like a heart in your hands. It does to your hands what dreams of eternity do to your heart. And yet, I killed the trout.
... I did it because the world is strange. Because the world does not allow you to make up your own rules based on how you
would wish things to be. Because this is a world where no matter who you are, your happiness, your survival, is based on sacrifice.
Sweet bleeding sacrifice."
think I fish, in part, because it's an anti-social, bohemian business that, when gone about properly, puts you forever outside
the mainstream culture without actually landing you in an institution."
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