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" Swift, that angling is always to be considered as "a stick and a string, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other. "
The Golden Age of Engraving: A Specialist's Story about Fine Prints - Page 134
by Frederick Keppel - 1910 - 314 pages
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The Indicator, Volume 1

Leigh Hunt - 1820
...good old joke attributed to Swift, that angling is always to be considered as " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other." Nay, if he had books with him and a pleasant day, we can even account for the joyousness of that .prince...
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The History of Christ's Hospital: From Its Foundation by King Edward the ...

John Iliff Wilson - 1821 - 308 pages
...the good joke attributed to Swift, that angling is always to be considered as " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end, and a fool at the other.'' Nay, if he had books with him, and a pleasant day, we can even account for the joyousness of that prince...
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The New Monthly Magazine, and Literary Journal, Volume 3

Literary Criticism - 1822
...Swift's jest on the subject, which describes the whole process as consisting of " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end, and a fool at the other." But this excuse of folly will not apply to some amateurs of angling, and least of all to Isaac Walton....
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The New Monthly Magazine, Volume 4

Thomas Campbell, Samuel Carter Hall, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, Theodore Edward Hook, Thomas Hood, William Harrison Ainsworth - 1822
...Swift's jest on the subject, which describes the whole process as consisting of " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end, and a fool at the other." But this excuse of folly will not apply to some amateurs of angling, and least of all to Isaac Walton....
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Scenes and Recollections of Fly-fishing in Northumberland, Cumberland, and ...

William Andrew Chatto - Fishing - 1834 - 212 pages
...reminding the angler of what Doctor Johnson is reported to have said of fly-fishing : " a rod and a line, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other." This piece of pleasantry may be readily excused, and may pass with other witty sayings ascribed to...
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The Indicator and the Companion: A Miscellany for the Fields and ..., Volume 1

Leigh Hunt - English essays - 1835
...good old joke attributed to Swift, that angling is always to be considered as " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other." Nay, if he had books with him, and a pleasant day, we can account for the joyousness of that prince...
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Modern Society: Or, The March of Intellect: The Conclusion of Modern ...

Catherine Sinclair - English fiction - 1837 - 470 pages
...accomplishments ? I thought, my Lord, your favourite aquatic amusement had been, as Dr Johnson describes fishing, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other ! " " There is a rod for you, Alderby ! " said Mr Grant. " Let me tell you, Miss Fitz-Patrick," added...
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The Rod and the Gun: Being Two Treatises on Angling and Shooting

James Wilson - Fishes - 1840 - 468 pages
...those advantages, claim a decided preference. Be it remembered that Dr. Johnson's description of a rod with a fly at one end and a fool at the other is not admitted among the memorabilia of the lovers of old Izaak Walton. The recreation of angling...
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Literary leaves, Volume 1

David Lester Richardson - History - 1840
...joke, attributed sometimes to Swift and sometimes to Doctor Johnson, that it is " a stick and a string, with a fly at one end and a fool at the other," he insists upon it that it is a very cruel and censurable pleasure. He erroneously ascribes one of...
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