| Herbert Hoover fly-fishing at Brown's Camp, Calif., in August 1928. |
Photo courtesy of the Hoover Library.
“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”
“Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man.”
“Fishing is the chance to wash one’s soul with pure air. It brings meekness and inspiration, reduces our egoism, soothes our troubles and shames our wickedness. It is discipline in the equality of men -- for all men are equal before fish.”
“Lots of people committed crimes during the year who would not have done so if they had been fishing. The increase of crime is among those deprived of the regenerations that impregnate the mind and character of the fisherman.”
“There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”
So, yes, Hoover took his fishing seriously. And did you catch his solution for crime? Put a fishing rod in the hands of a criminal and today’s society would be so much better off.
Next week: President Franklin D. Roosevelt
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