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Old 09-14-2019, 08:13 AM
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Specific version of "Teach a man to fish"


I have a not too clear memory of a joke version of the "Teach a man to fish" adage with the traditional element "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day" paired with something like "dazzle him with your ostentatious lifestyle and he'll be inspired to ...".

I'm not having luck Googling it, so I'm turning to the wisdom of the teeming millions. Anyone recognize this version and know where it's from?
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:21 AM
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You're not thinking of something along he lines of the "teach a man to fish and he can spend the entire weekend riding around in a boat and drinking beer" version are you? That's the only one I can think of.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:47 AM
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Give a man a fish, you've fed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you can destroy an entire watershed.
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Old 09-14-2019, 08:54 AM
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:16 AM
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Give a man a fish, and you’ve fed him for a day. Lend a man a fish, and he’ll have to give you back an even bigger fish by the end of the year. Teach a man to fish, and he can spend the rest of his life trying to pay you back for that one lesson as the offshore commercial fishing industry is dying and he'll have to work two minimum wage jobs a day just to keep up with the interest on those fishing lessons, and that debt will follow him for the rest of his life, providing you with a steady income off his labor, since student loan debt is not dischargeable through bankruptcy.

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Old 09-14-2019, 10:48 AM
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Teach a man to fish and you can sell him a boat and all manner of other equipment, collect rent on a marina space and winter storage, and tax any resulting income.
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Old 09-14-2019, 10:50 AM
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Sell a man a fish, and you feed him for one day.
Teach a man to fish, and you lose a steady customer.

-Ferengi Rule of Acquisition.
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Old 09-14-2019, 12:36 PM
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Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach him commodities arbitrage and he can feed his village for life.
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Old 09-14-2019, 01:15 PM
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Since despite the request in the OP this thread inevitably will become a series of jokes, let's move this to MPSIMS.

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Old 09-14-2019, 01:49 PM
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My contribution is bad, bad, bad, so I'll just keep it to myself, and maybe one other person.
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Old 09-14-2019, 02:52 PM
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I thought it was determined that it was one of those Classical Greek guys, but I can't find the post.
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Old 09-14-2019, 02:55 PM
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I'll go with Maimonides, although the oldest reputed version seems to be "Old Chinese Proverb."
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:19 PM
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I apologize for my frivolous answer. I read the question and thought of John Train for the first time in decades. I don't know if anyone remembers John Train but he wrote books of excellent advice for the small investor in the 70's, 80's and 90's. The books are still excellent and well worth reading. Wrote with humor, but still taught the subject, like the best teacher.
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:58 PM
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I apologize for my frivolous answer. I read the question and thought of John Train for the first time in decades. I don't know if anyone remembers John Train but he wrote books of excellent advice for the small investor in the 70's, 80's and 90's. The books are still excellent and well worth reading. Wrote with humor, but still taught the subject, like the best teacher.
Warren Buffett's take on the quote: Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to arbitrage and you will feed him forever.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:49 PM
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Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day; give a fish a man and it'll eat for a month.



But in all seriousness, though, it's probably so warped that tracing its origins is all but impossible by now.

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Any votes in favor of the Belkar version?
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:08 AM
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Warren Buffett's take on the quote: Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to arbitrage and you will feed him forever.
Since John Train wrote a book on Warren Buffet, it's probable that I have misremembered Train quoting Buffet.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:01 AM
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Give a man a fire and you’ll keep him warm for the night. Set a man on fire and you’ll keep him warm for the rest of his life.

-Terry Pratchett
Reminds me of the rules for eating wild mushrooms.

1. You can eat any wild mushroom you find in the woods.
2. You can eat some wild mushrooms you find in the woods a second time.
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Old 09-15-2019, 09:31 AM
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I guess I should have predicted this outcome ...

I was looking for that specific version though.

As to the origin of the ... original, the earliest version specifically about fish and fishing appears to be by Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie in 1885.

https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/08/28/fish/
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:08 AM
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This is the most recent iteration of "Teach a Man to Fish" to enter my consciousness:
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Teach a Man to Fish" by Jon McNaughton

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

I imagined President Trump sitting next to a young college student. His pack is beside him and his Socialism and Justice Warrior books laid aside. He listens to Trump's proposal and looks at the different bait he can use to catch his fish. Trump offers him a fishing pole. Each of us has the freedom to choose our own destiny.

Trump has suggested through his educational policy that people can be taught a skilled vocation. How will Trump make America great again? I believe this mantra is about giving American citizens an equal opportunity to find success. Equal opportunity is different than equal results. You can give a man a pole, it doesn't mean he will use it.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:37 PM
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Oh, Jon, you so funny.

I imagine the same encounter between President Trump and a college student.

Trump: "Hey, hippy, what are you doing? This is my lake. All the fish in it belong to me."

Student: "This is a public park."

Trump: "I'm the President. That means everything in the country belongs to me."

Student: "I don't think that's true."

Trump: "Don't believe what you hear on the Fake News."

Student: "Okay, whatever. I'm leaving anyway. There aren't any fish in the lake."

Trump: "That's because illegal immigrants ate them all."

Student: "What?"

Trump: "Listen before you go, you should buy this fishing pole. Only a hundred dollars. And it's the greatest pole ever."

Student: "That's my fishing pole."

Trump: "Not anymore. Sad."
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:17 PM
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Maxim 21: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Take his fish away and tell him he's lucky just to be alive, and he'll figure out how to catch another one for you to take tomorrow.
---The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries
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