Happy Birthday Izaak Walton
If he was still alive, he’d be 421 years old today. But his legacy lives on even if he does not. I continue to meander through his most wonderful book, “The Compleat Angler.” In honor of his birthday, here are a few of my favorite Izaak Walton quotes:
Angling may be said to be so like the mathematics that it can never be fully learnt.
God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.
Regarding angling - “T’was an employment for his idle time, which was then not idly spent, a rest to his mind, a cheerer of his spirits, a diverter of sadness, a calmer of unquiet thoughts, a moderator of passions, a procurer of contendedness” and “that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it.”
I have laid aside business, and gone a’fishing.