"Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day.
Teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever."
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"... teach him to fish and he'll sit in a boat all day and drink beer!!!!!!!!!!"
 -- Rick Jolley, Tombstone     
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    Give him a fish then take away his right to fish...and you have a very controllable dependant. A trained seal so to speak.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Another way of saying teach him to be responsible for himself.
     -- Anon     
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    And if the fishing is bad for a few days, the government will put him on food stamps.
     -- jim k, austin     
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    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
     -- Doug, Calif     
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    The last thing our government bureaucrats want is for us to learn how to fish -- unless we are going to give it to them!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    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.
     -- Kat, Ontario     
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