All genius is simple. It involves close observation and a momentous act of self trust.

— Howell Raines

The most bashful Howell Raines quotes that are proven to give you inner joy

Frankly, no newspaper is set up to monitor for cheats and fabricators.

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I stepped on a land mine named Jayson Blair.

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Fly fishing is the most beautiful way of trying to catch a fish;

not the most efficient, just as ballet is the most beautiful way of moving the body between between two points, not the most direct. Fly fishing is to fishing as ballet is to walking.

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I have learned that I am also a person who has to be able to go fishing whenever I can and for as long as I want to go. It is a silly thing, but there it is.

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And believe me, to have been in the city of Tuscaloosa in October when you were young and full of Early Times and had a shining Alabama girl by your side--to have had all that and then to have seen those red shirts pour onto the field, and, then, coming behind them, with that inexorable big cat walk of his, the man himself, The Bear--that was very good indeed.

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For me, fishing and journalism touched the same places in my head.

In comparison with that of poets, the fly fishers' and the journalists' experiences are probably pale flavors, but they carry nonetheless a hint of ambrosia.

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When I am home alone I like to scatter my tackle across the floor and play with it. I may pretend I am working on it, performing preventative maintenance, but really it is playing.

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Fish in the water represent pure potential.

If the water is not clear, we do not know if they exist at all. To get them to bite something connected to a line and pull them into our world is managing a birth that brings these creatures from the realm of mysytery into the world of reality. It is a kind of creation.

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It's a lovely tribute and fun to read.

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Something is clearly wrong with Kansas and the rest of Middle America when it comes to letting economic self-interest guide their voting.

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Anything is possible in the life of a man if he lives long enough. Even maturity.

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