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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Fish
 
  It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their names to eat an oyster.
Butler.    
  1
  Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
  Why, as men do a-land: the great ones eat up the little ones.
Pericles.    
  2
        Our plenteous streams a various race supply,
The bright-eye perch with fins of Tyrian dye,
The silver eel, in shining volumes roll’d,
The yellow carp, in scales bedropp’d with gold,
Swift trouts, diversified with crimson stains,
And pikes, the tyrants of the wat’ry plains.
Pope.    
  3
  They say fish should swim thrice  *  *  *  first it should swim in the sea (do you mind me?), then it should swim in butter, and at last, sirrah, it should swim in good claret.
Swift.    
  4
        “Will you walk a little faster?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail!
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance:
They are waiting on the shingle—will you come and join the dance?”
Lewis Carroll.    
  5
        O scaly, slippery, wet, swift, staring wights,
What is ’t ye do? what life lead? eh, dull goggles?
How do ye vary your vile days and nights?
How pass your Sundays? Are ye still but joggles
In ceaseless wash? Still nought but gapes and bites,
And drinks, and stares, diversified with boggles.
Leigh Hunt.    
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