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2328 Izaak Walton 1593-1683 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Izaak Walton (1593–1683)
QUOTATION: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.”
ATTRIBUTION:The Complete Angler. Part i. Chap. i.