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BAIT
[ Also see Fishermen Fishing ]

That fish will soon be caught that nibbles at every bait.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomologia (no. 4342)

The fish adores the bait.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

For you catch your next fish with a piece of the last.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Verses for After Dinner

Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth,
  And thus do we of wisdom and of reach,
    With windlasses and with assays of bias,
      By indirections find directions out.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at II, i)

A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king, and eat of the fish that hath fed of that worm.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at IV, iii)

Bait the hook well! This fish will bite.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Claudio at II, iii)

But fish not with this melancholy bait
  For this fool gudgeon, this opinion.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Gratiano at I, i)

But whether unripe years did want conceit,
  Or he refused to take her figured proffer,
    The tender nibbler would not touch the bait,
      But smile and jest at every gentle offer.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Passionate Pilgrim (IV, l. 9)

Sweet innocent, the mother cried,
  And started from her nook.
    That horrid fly is put to hide
      The sharpness of the hook.
      - Ann Taylor and Jane Taylor,
        The Little Fish that Would Not Do as It Was Bid


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