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Posted by Bookworm on February 18, 2003

In Reply to: Proverb question posted by TheFallen on February 18, 2003

: : Someone told me this sentence, it is sort of like a proverb. I didnt know who to consult and I dont understand what it means. I hope you can help me, here it goes.
: : You have to let the fishes come to you. If you fish around the lake, the fishes wont know where the catch is.
: : I think this has to do about guys, im not sure, hope you can help me.

: Not a proverb I know, but it seems to be saying that the unskilled hunter charges after potential prey all over the landscape and achieves nothing, whereas the experienced hunter lies in wait, and lets the quarry come to him/her. So, basically, patience is a virtue. Farbeit from me to opine which is a better dating strategy.

In the US, this is spelled as 3 separate words: far be it (from). Is this a British spelling, perhaps in the spirit of albeit?