Famous Chinese Proverb Quote

“Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.”

Ratings and Comments

Rick Jolley, Tombstone

"... teach him to fish and he'll sit in a boat all day and drink beer!!!!!!!!!!"

J Carlton, Calgary

Give him a fish then take away his right to fish...and you have a very controllable dependant. A trained seal so to speak.

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Anon    9/15/09

Another way of saying teach him to be responsible for himself.

jim k, austin

And if the fishing is bad for a few days, the government will put him on food stamps.

Doug, Calif

I always loved that quote followed by the one about drinking beer in the boat all day, but I had to modify it for today’s socialist world. Modern version: Give a man a government entitlement and he will return the next day with his family wanting more as he promptly forgets how to fend for himself and slowly relinquishes his freedom. - Doug Stevenson

E Archer, NYC

The last thing our government bureaucrats want is for us to learn how to fish -- unless we are going to give it to them!

Kat, Ontario

The quote raises a good point; to be able to teach the hungry is like feeding him, but only going half the effort, or rather, half the time that it would take to feed him forever.


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