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Fish Proverbs


Fish Proverbs & Sayings

At high tide fish eat ants; at low tide ants eat fish. ~ Thai Proverb

Different fields, different grasshoppers; different seas, different fish. ~ Indonesian Proverb

A child without a mother is like a fish in shallow water. ~ Myanmar Proverb

Look and keep silent, and if you are eating meat, tell the world it’s fish. ~ Arabian Proverb

The bigger the river the bigger the fish. ~ Portuguese Proverb

If you are not a fish, how can you know if the fish are happy? ~ Chinese Proverb

Eat your fish while it is still fresh and marry the girl while she is still young. ~ German Proverb

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it. ~ Irish Blessing

Women and fishes are best in the middle. ~ German Proverb

Big fish eat little fish. ~ Traditional Proverb

A cat loves fish, but won’t risk its claws. ~ Yiddish Proverb

Who owns the bank owns the fish. ~ Russian Proverb

A rotting fish begins to stink at the head. ~ Italian Proverb

From all the fish in the pot you can only make one soup. ~ Malagasy Proverb

To lie and eat fish demand a lot of skill. ~ Spanish Proverb

Nothing is so clean as a fish. ~ Welsh Proverbs

All rotten fish taste the same. ~ Chinese Proverb

Tasty fish have to swim three times: once in the water, then in butter, and finally in wine. ~ Polish Proverbs

There is no need for fish in an empty pond. ~ Iranian Proverbs

Who hears the fishes when they cry? ~ Henry David Thoreau

Weaving a net is better than praying for fish at the edge of the water. ~ Chinese Proverb

If you find no fish, you have to eat bread. ~ Ghanaian Proverb

To climb a tree to catch a fish is talking much and doing nothing. ~ Chinese Proverb

It is not a fish until it is on the bank. ~ Irish Proverbs

Men eat fish — thanks to the sauce. ~ French Proverb

When asked, “What news from the sea?” The fish replied “I have a lot to say, but my mouth is full of water.” ~ Armenian Proverb

A fish gets bigger when it gets away. ~ Japanese Proverb

Big fish jump out of the kettle. ~ Dutch Proverb

When you are crossing over a river you might be eaten by crocodiles, but don’t let yourself get bitten by the little fish. ~ Malawian Proverb

Throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. ~ Arabian Proverb

A rotten fish pollutes the whole kitchen. ~ Senegalese Proverb

It is the sauce that makes the fish edible. ~ French Proverb

Little fish are sweet. ~ Dutch Proverbs

When the big fish fight the shrimps must lie low. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

Fish and guests stink after three days. ~ Danish Proverbs

A cat likes to eat fresh fish but it will not go into the water. ~ Mongolian Proverb

Water can do without fish, fish cannot do without water. ~ Chinese Proverb

Venture a small fish to catch a much greater one. ~ English Proverbs

Where there is fish, there is water. ~ Japanese Proverbs

No matter how hard you throw a dead fish in the water, it still won’t swim. ~ Traditional Proverb

In still waters are the largest fish. ~ Danish Proverb

A fish wouldn’t get into trouble if it kept its mouth shut. ~ Korean Proverbs

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish — very gently. ~ Chinese Proverb

As long as the fish swims in the water, don’t light up the grill. ~ Russian Proverbs

There is a time to fish and a time to prepare the fish. ~ Chinese Proverb

There is never a fish without a bone, and no man without faults. ~ Norwegian Proverbs

Never offer to teach a fish to swim. ~ Traditional Proverb

The pool has dried up, and the fish is in trouble. ~ South African Proverb

Quotations about Fish

That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait. ~ Thomas Fuller

I know human beings and fish can co-exist peacefully. ~ George Walker Bush

There are two types of fisherman – those who fish for sport and those who fish for fish. ~ Author Unkonwn

An angler is a man who spends rainy days sitting. Fish are alike. They both get into trouble when they open their mouths. ~ Author Unknown

Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond; But is there anything Beyond? ~ Rupert Brooke

Fish must swim thrice–once is the water, a second time in the sauce, and a third time in wine in the stomach. ~ John Ray

Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley. ~ Author Unknown

Good things come to those who bait. ~ Author Unknown

It’s not the fish you catch, it’s the peace of mind you take home at the end of the day. ~ Neil Gaiman

The great fish [eat] the small. ~ Alexander Barclay

No more than a fish loves water. ~ William Shakespeare

Keep your own fish-guts for your own sea-maws. ~ Author Unknown

It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait. ~ Thomas Fuller

The sea hath fish for every man. ~ William Camden

The fish adores the bait. ~ George Herbert

Men lived like fishes; the great ones devoured the small. ~ Algernon Sidney

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught. ~ Author Unknown

The whales, you see, eat up the little fish. ~ Thomas Churchyard

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. ~ Gloria Steinem

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish. ~ John Ruskin

If fishes could hear as well as see. ~ Author Unknown

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