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Quote about fishing is not from the Bible

A recent letter claimed that providing social support for the poor was a disservice to them – discouraging them from getting jobs. The writer noted that this led to dishonesty and abuse of the system. He neglected to also note that wealthy people do the same – Bernard Madoff being an example.

Furthermore, his statement that “If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime” is not in the Bible.

I heard a variation on the quote: “If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day!”

The Rev. John A. Buerk

Buffalo