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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Izaak Walton. (1593–1683) (continued)
    I shall stay him no longer than to wish him a rainy evening to read this following discourse; and that if he be an honest angler, the east wind may never blow when he goes a fishing.
          The Complete Angler. Author’s Preface.
    As the Italians say, Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    I am, sir, a Brother of the Angle.
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    It [angling] deserves commendations;… it is an art worthy the knowledge and practice of a wise man.
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    Angling is somewhat like poetry,—men are to be born so.
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself. 1
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    Sir Henry Wotton was a most dear lover and a frequent practiser of the Art of Angling; of which he would say, “’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 contentedness;” and “that it begat habits of peace and patience in those that professed and practised it.”
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.
    I remember that a wise friend of mine did usually say, “That which is everybody’s business is nobody’s business.”
          The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. ii.
Note 1.
Virtue is her own reward.—John Dryden: Tyrannic Love, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue is to herself the best reward.—Henry More: Cupid’s Conflict.

Virtue is its own reward.—Matthew Prior: Imitations of Horace, book iii. ode 2. John Gay: Epistle to Methuen. Home: Douglas, act iii. sc. 1.

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.—Diogenes Laertius: Plato, xlii.

Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces (Virtue herself is her own fairest reward).—Silius Italicus (25?–99): Punica, lib. xiii. line 663. [back]