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give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

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EtymologyEdit

The oldest English-language use of the proverb has been found in Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie's (1837–1919) novel, Mrs. Dymond (1885), in a slightly different form:

" [] if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.

The proverb has been attributed to many others, but no solid evidence has been produced.

ProverbEdit

give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

  1. It is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something (for themselves) than to do it for them (on an ongoing basis).

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