„Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity“

—  Karl Marx

Attributed to Marx (possibly in jest) in W. C. Privy's Original Bathroom Companion (2003).

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„Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.“

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„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 American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946

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„Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Give a man a sub-prime fish loan and you're in business, buddy.“

—  Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964

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„Binabik had taught him to do only what he could at any given time. “You cannot catch three fish with two hands,” the little man often said.“

—  Tad Williams novelist 1957

Source: Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, To Green Angel Tower (1993), Part 2, Chapter 24, “The Graylands” (p. 540).

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„Oh, you who've been a-fishing will indorse me
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That it always is the biggest fish you catch that
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—  Eugene Field, A Little Book of Western Verse

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„Now that man can fly through the air like a bird … and swim in the sea like a fish, wouldn't it be wonderful if he could just walk the earth like a man?“

—  Jack Paar American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host 1918 - 2004

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„The literate man is a sucker for propaganda... You cannot propagandize a native. You can sell him rum and trinkets, but you cannot sell him ideas.“

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„It's like catching a fish, you know what I mean? It's the fish that's beautiful, not the fisherman. And I think whoever hasn't understood that attitude in Queens is not here any more. And if I ever think the fisherman's better than the fish, I hope someone fuckin' fires me too.“

—  Josh Homme American musician 1973

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„Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolysm [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961

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„We will teach people to fish, rather than provide them fish. We will bring schemes that will create jobs.“

—  Anbumani Ramadoss Indian politician 1968

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