Water Quotes

Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. "You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need of anything to drink."

"Why are you selling those?" asked the little prince.

"Because they save a tremendous amount of time," said the merchant. "Computations have been made by experts. With these pills, you save fifty-three minutes in every week."

"And what do I do with those fifty-three minutes?"

"Anything you like..."

"As for me," said the little prince to himself, "if I had fifty-three minutes to spend as I liked, I should walk at my leisure toward a spring of fresh water."
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Water is H2O, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing, that makes water and nobody knows what that is.
D.H. Lawrence, Pansies, 1929

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
Hans Margolius

No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.
Taoist proverb

In order to reflect, think and plan, you must quiet yourself. You can’t see your reflection in churning waters. Water must be still to see your reflection.
Karen Susman, The Remarkable Networking Toolbox

The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence.
Rabindranath Tagore

Water is also one of the four elements, the most beautiful of God's creations. It is both wet and cold, heavy, and with a tendency to descend, and flows with great readiness. It is this the Holy Scripture has in view when it says, "And the darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Water, then, is the most beautiful element and rich in usefulness, and purifies from all filth, and not only from the filth of the body but from that of the soul, if it should have received the grace of the Spirit.
John of Damascus
There is no water in oxygen, no water in hydrogen: it comes bubbling fresh from the imagination of the living God, rushing from under the great white throne of the glacier. The very thought of it makes one gasp with an elemental joy no metaphysician can analyze. The water itself, that dances, and sings, and slakes the wonderful thirst--symbol and picture of that draught for which the woman of Samaria made her prayer to Jesus--this lovely thing itself, whose very wetness is a delight to every inch of the human body in its embrace--this live thing which, if I might, I would have running through my room, yea, babbling along my table--this water is its own self its own truth, and is therein a truth of God.
George Macdonald (1824-1905)

Every where water is a thing of beauty, gleaming in the dewdrops; singing in the summer rain; shining in the ice-gems till the leaves all seem to turn to living jewels; spreading a golden veil over the setting sun; or a white gauze around the midnight moon.
John Ballantine Gough, A Glass of Water

Innumerable as the stars of night, Or stars of morning, dewdrops which the sun Impearls on every leaf and every flower.
John Milton

Have you watched the fairies when the rain is done,
Spreading out their little wings to dry them in the sun?

Rose Fyleman

I have left almost to the last the magic of water, an element which owing to its changefulness of form and mood and colour and to the vast range of its effects is ever the principal source of landscape beauty, and has like music a mysterious influence over the mind.
Sir George Sitwell (On the Making of Gardens)
The mystery of language was revealed to me.  I knew then that
‘W-A-T-E-R’ meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand.  That living word awakened my soul, gave it light, joy, set it free.

Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
Water is the most extraordinary substance! 
Practically all its properties are anomalous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery.

Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Our bodies are molded rivers.

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.
Wallace Stevens

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.
Steven Wrightfont

Ever wonder about those people who spend $2 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backward.
Unknown, but often incorrectly attributed to George Carlin

Bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water. Can you imagine paying 2000 times the price of anything else? How about a $ 10,000 sandwich?
Annie Leonard

Enough. Man is capable of reform once presented with the facts, and the fact is that bottling water and shipping it is a big waste of fuel, so stop already.
Garrison Keillor

I have always been a big advocate of tap water—not because I think it harmless but because the idea of purchasing water extracted from some remote watershed and then hauled halfway round the world bothers me. Drinking bottled water relieves people of their concern about ecological threats to the river they live by or to the basins of groundwater they live over. It's the same kind of thinking that leads some to the complacent conclusion that if things on earth get bad enough, well, we'll just blast off to a space station somewhere else.
Sandra Steingraber, Having Faith, 2001

From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other. So all life is a great chain, the nature of which is known whenever we are shown a link of it.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet
Water is insipid, inodorous, colorless and smooth.
Edmund Burke, on the sublime and beautiful, 1757
Water flows from high in the mountains
Water runs deep in the Earth
Miraculously, water comes to us,
And sustains all life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Water sustains all.
Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C.

The wise man of Miletus thus declared the first of things is water.
J. S. Blackie, 1877

Water is the best of all things.
Pindar, Olympian Odes

A man of wisdom delights in water.
Confucius, Analects

There definitely needs to be water on the sidelines for these players, but I also had some Gatorade just in case they were allergic to the water or vice versa.
John Madden

In every glass of water we drink, some of the water has already passed through fishes, trees, bacteria, worms in the soil, and many other organisms, including people.
Elliot A. Norse, Animal Extinctions

I don’t drink water, because if water can erode rock, think what it can do to flesh.
Jarod Kintz

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.
Alexander Jodorowsky
You could write the story of man's growth in terms of his epic concerns with water..
Bernard Frank
Water is the only substance on earth that is naturally present in three different forms - as a liquid, a solid (ice) and as a gas (water vapor).
Author unknown
Don't you realize that the sea is the home of water? All water is off on a journey unless it's in the sea, and it's homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
A little water is a sea to an ant.
Afghan Proverb
All the waters run to the sea and yet the sea is not full, and from the place where they began, thither they return again.

We call upon the waters that rim the earth, horizon to horizon, that flow in our rivers and streams, that fall upon our gardens and fields, and we ask that they teach us and show us the way.
Native American, Chinook Blessing Litany

Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Gutta cavat lapidem (Dripping water hollows out a stone)
Ovid, Epistulae Ex Ponto, Book 3, no. 10, 1. 5

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by oft falling.

Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.
Henry Ward Beecher

My mother once told me I was like water. Water can carve its way even through stone. And when trapped, water makes a new path.
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
Henry David Thoreau

Nothing in the world is more flexible and yielding than water. Yet when it attacks the firm and the strong, none can withstand it, because they have no way to change it. So the flexible overcome the adamant, the yielding overcome the forceful. Everyone knows this, but no one can do it.” Water flows humbly to the lowest level.
Lao-Tzu, Chinese philosopher (6th century B.C.)

Nothing is weaker than water,
Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong,
Nothing surpasses it.


Water is the most versatile of all elements. It isn't afraid to burn in fire or fade into the sky, it doesn't hesitate to shatter against sharp rocks in rainfall or drown into the dark shroud of the earth. It exists beyond all beginnings and ends. On the surface nothing will shift, but deep in underground silence, water will hide and with soft fingers coax a new channel for itself, until stone gives in and slowly settles around the secret space. Death is water's close companion, and neither of them can be separated from us, for we are made of the versatility of water and the closeness of death. Water doesn't belong to us, be we belong to water: when it has passed through our fingers and pores and bodies, nothing separates us from earth.
Emmi Itäranta, Memory of Water

The sound of water says what I think..
Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)
When you hear the splash
Of the water drops that fall
Into the stone bowl
You will feel that all the dust
Of your mind is washed away.

The Waters are Nature's storehouse in which she locks up her wonders..
Isaac Waltonn

Water is the driver of Nature.
Leonardo da Vinci

When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.
Leonardo da Vinci

In time and with water, everything changes.
Leonardo da Vinci

The water which rises in the mountain is the blood which keeps the mountain in life.
Leonardo da Vinci

If you gave me several million years, there would be nothing that did not grow in beauty if it were surrounded by water.
Jan Erik Vold, What All The World Knows
Water is the principle, or the element, of things.
All things are water.

Plutarch, Placita philosophorum, about A.D. 46
Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W.H. Auden (1907 - 1993)
Water is the basis of life and the blue arteries of the earth! Everything in the non-marine environment depends on freshwater to survive.
Sandra Postel
To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.
Barry Lopez
By means of water, we give life to everything.
Koran, 21:30
If water is too clear, it will not contain fish; people who are too cautious will never gain wisdom.
Chinese proverb
In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in water there is bacteria.
David Auerbach (2002)

The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl.
Dave Barry

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
Dave Barry

Drink no longer water but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
St. Paul, 1 Timothy 5:23
God made only water, but man made wine.
Victor Hugo
Wine is sunlight, held together by water.
Galileo Gallilei
In water one sees one's own face; But in wine, one beholds the heart of another.
French proverb
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter, Sermons and soda-water the day after.
Lord Byron, Don Juan
And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine, "I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine."
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.
Between each wine and each dish one should drink a mouthful of pure fresh water, preferably not (or only slightly) aerated.
Paul Ramain (French doctor)

...all the charming and beautiful things, from the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from tap water to something with color in it, and more in it than mere oxygen and hydrogen.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Come boy, and pour for me a cup
Of old Falernian. Fill it up
With wine, strong, sparkling, bright, and clear;
Our host decrees no water here.
Let dullards drink the Nymph's pale brew,
The sluggish thin their blood with dew.
For such pale stuff we have no use;
For us the purple grape's rich juice.
Begone, ye chilling water sprite;
Here burning Bacchus rules tonight!

Catullus, Selections From Catullus

No poems can live long or please that are written by water-drinkers.
Horace, Roman lyric poet (65 -8 B.C.)

The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable.

A man who drinks only water has a secret to hide from his fellow men.
Charles Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867)
There was a Young Person in pink,
Who called out for something to drink;
But they said, 'O my daughter, there's nothing but water!'
Which vexed that Young Person in pink.

Edward Lear

Before Noah, men having only water to drink, could not find the truth. Accordingly...they became abominably wicked, and they were justly exterminated by the water they loved to drink. This good man, Noah, having seen that all his contemporaries had perished by this unpleasant drink, took a dislike to it; and God, to relieve his dryness, created the vine and revealed to him the art of making le vin. By the aid of this liquid he unveiled more and more truth.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.
Benjamin Franklin

We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, and which incorporates itself with the grapes, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.
Benjamin Franklin
The formula for water is H2O. Is the formula for an ice cube H2O2?
Lily Tomlin
When the water of a place is bad it is safest to drink none that has not been filtered through either the berry of a grape, or else a tub of malt. These are the most reliable filters yet invented. .
Samuel Butler, Samuel Butler's Notebooks (1951, p. 255)

When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac (1746?)

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

When you're thirsty, it's too late to think about digging a well.
Japanese Proverb

You don't miss your water until your well runs dry.
an old country proverb

Don't empty the water jar until the rain falls.
Philippine proverb
Potable, n. Suitable for drinking. Water is said to be potable; indeed, some declare it our natural beverage, although even they find it palatable only when suffering from the recurrent disorder known as thirst, for which it is a medicine.
Ambrose Bierce, American writer (1842-1914)

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.
Henry David Thoreau

A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.
Henry David Thoreau

The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, - so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be.
Henry David Thoreau

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, "The Ponds" (1854)

Life in us is like the water in a river.
Henry David Thoreau

Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
Mark Twain

Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say I'm thirsty, not dirty.
Joe E. Lewis

I never drink water. I'm afraid it will become habit-forming.
W. C. Fields (1880-1946)

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W. C. Fields

Once... in the wilds of Afghanistan, I lost my corkscrew, and we were forced to live on nothing but food and water for days.
W. C. Fields, My Little Chickadee.

I never drink water; that is the stuff that rusts pipes.
W. C. Fields

I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.
W. C. Fields

You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.
W. C. Fields

It ain't no use to grumble and complain;
It's jest as cheap and easy to rejoice;
When God sorts out the weather and sends rain,
Why, rain's my choice.

James Whitcomb Riley, Rain, 1849 – 1916

For after all the best thing one can do when
it is raining, is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How beautiful is the rain! After the dust and the heat, In the broad and fiery street, In the narrow lane, How beautiful is the rain!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Rain in Summer

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
John Updike, Self-Consciousness: Memoirs, 1989

The good rain, like the bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
Langston Hughes, April Rain Song

I am sure it is a great mistake always to know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry by such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness.
Adeline Knapp

O Lord,
grant that in some way it may rain every day, say from about midnight until three o'clock in the morning, but, you see, it must be gentle and warm so that it can soak in; grant that at the same time it would not rain on campion, alyssum, heliaanthemum, lavender, and the others which you in your infinite wisdom know are drought loving plants - I will write their names on a paper if you like - and grant that the sun may shine the whole day long, but not everywhere (not for instance, on spiraea, or on gentian, plantain lily, and rhododendron), and not to much; that there may be plenty of dew and little wind, enough worms, no plant-lice and snails, no mildew, and that once a week thin liquid manure and guano may fall from heaven.
Karel Capek, The Gardener's Year, 1929
The clouds consign their treasures to the fields; And, softly shaking on the dimpled pool prelusive drops, let all their moisture flow In large effusion, o'er the freshen'd world.
James Thomson, Seasons - Spring
Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.
Stewart Udall
Water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being.
Stephen Johnson, EPA Administrator
The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart.
Tanaka Shozo, c. 1900
All day I face the barren waste without the taste of water,
Cool water.
Old Dan and I with throats burned dry and souls that cry for water,
Cool water.
The nights are cool and I'm a fool each stars a pool of water,
Cool water.
But with the dawn I'll wake and yawn and carry on to water,
Cool water.
We think of our land and water and human resources not as static and sterile possessions but as lifegiving assets to be directed by wise provisions for future days.
Franklin D. Rooseveltt
Man - despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments - owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
Unknown author
Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian biochemist and Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine.
A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.
Laura Gilpin
A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes
Water is the soul of the earth.
attributed to Robert A Swanson & W.H. Auden
When you drink the water, remember the spring.
Chinese Proverb

To get clear water, one must go to the source.
French Proverb

Dirty water will quench few.
French 16th Century Proverb

There is no small pleasure in sweet water. [Lat., Est in aqua dulci non invidiosa voluptas.]
Author: Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Water is the blood in our veins.
Levi Eshkol, Israeli Prime Minister, 1962
What is the earth but a lump of clay surrounded by water?
Bharthari (c.570-c.651), Vairagya-sataka
Children of a culture born in a water-rich environment, we have never really learned how important water is to us. We understand it, but we do not respect it.
William Ashworth, Nor Any Drop to Drink, 1982
There are also kinds of water that cause death, as they run through harmful juices in the soil and become poisonous.
Vitruvius, On Architecture, 1st century B.C

We are a water-drinking people, and we are allowing every brook to be defiled.
George Bird Grinnell, Outdoor America, February 1925

If you saw what the river carried, you would never drink the water.
Jamaican Proverb

He who drinks a tumbler of London water has literally in his stomach more animated beings than there are men, women, and children on the face of the globe.
Syndney Smith, Letter to Countess Grey, November 19, 1834

Filthy water cannot be washed.
African proverb

In order for something to become clean, something else must become dirty.
Imbesi's Conservation of Filth Law

Til taught by pain, men really know not what good water is worth.
From "Don Juan" by Byronn

The sewer is the conscience of the city.
Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, 1862

He who knows what sweets and virtues are in the ground, the waters, the plants, the heavens, and how to come at these enchantments, is the rich and royal man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, Second Series, 1844
The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
Native American Proverb
Water is the most precious, limited natural resource we have in this country...But because water belongs to no one - except the people - special interests, including government polluters, use it as their private sewers.
Ralph Nader
We're all downstream.
Ecologist's motto adopted by Margaret & Jim Drescher
Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.
Jean Giraudoux, The Madwoman of Chaillot, 1946
Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country.
Bud Shuster, U.S. Representative,
We used to think that energy and water would be the critical issues for the next century. Now we think water will be the critical issue.
Mostafa Tolba of Egypt
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late.
Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International, quoted in Peter Swanson's Water: The Drop of Life, 2001

The trouble with water—and there is trouble with water—is that they're not making any more of it. They're not making any less, mind, but no more either. There is the same amount of water in the planet now as there was in prehistoric times. People, however, they're making more of—many more, far more than is ecologically sensible—and all those people are utterly dependent on water for their lives (humans consist mostly of water), for their livelihoods, their food, and increasingly, their industry. Humans can live for a month without food but will die in less than a week without water. Humans consume water, discard it, poison it, waste it, and restlessly change the hydrological cycles, indifferent to the consequences: too many people, too little water, water in the wrong places and in the wrong amounts.
Marq de Villiers, Water, 2000

You can't just make more water. You've got to learn to live with what you've got, work with what you've got. And if your lifestyle is using more water than what you have the capability of getting your hands on, something's got to change.
Dave Sharp (alfalfa farmer in the Wellton-Mohawk Valley near Yuma, AZ, 2014 NPR interview)

Man is a complex being; he makes deserts bloom and lakes die.
Gil Stern
In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.
Rachel Carson

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.
Jacques Cousteau

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
Jacques Cousteau

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain.
Michael McClary
Anyone who can solve the problems of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes - one for peace and one for science..
John F. Kennedy

A man from the west will fight over three things: water, women and gold, and usually in that order.
Senator Barry Goldwater, AZ

In the Western United States, water flows uphill to money.
Glen Sanders

Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.
Unknown (widely attributed to Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), but this is under dispute)

The solution to our water problems is more rain.
Attributed to Mark Twain

I suppose that, after the passion of love, water rights have caused more trouble than anything else to the human species.
Alice Steinbach, Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman

Water is fundamental for life and health. The human right to water is indispensable for leading a healthy life in human dignity. It is a pre-requisite to the realization of all other human rights.
The United Nations Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights, Nov 27, 2002
Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.
Mikhail Gorbachev
The River... It's my world, and I don't want any other. What it hasn't got is not worth having, and what it doesn't know is not worth knowing. Lord! the times we've had together!
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Heraclitus of Ephesus
To serve the cause of water adequately... We must get to know it in its true being. And how do we do this? Why, by treating it in the very way exemplified by its own behavior; that is, whenever we encounter it, we wash the tablet of our souls clean of all other impressions in order to allow the being of water to make its imprint on us.
Theodor Schwenk, Water: The Element of Life
For many of us, water simply flows from a faucet, and we think little about it beyond this point of contact. We have lost a sense of respect for the wild river, for the complex workings of a wetland, for the intricate web of life that water supports.
Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity
Water is the most basic of all resources. Civilizations grew or withered depending on its availability..
Dr. Nathan W. Snyder, Ralph M. Parsons Engineering

Civilization has been a permanent dialogue between human beings and water.

Paolo Lugari (founder of the Gaviotas Community in Colombia
Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children's lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.
Luna Leopoldd
The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each.
James Fennimore Cooper
If gold has been prized because it is the most inert element, changeless and incorruptible, water is prized for the opposite reason -- its fluidity, mobility, changeability that make it a necessity and a metaphor for life itself. To value gold over water is to value economy over ecology, that which can be locked up over that which connects all things.
Rebecca Solnit, Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics
We live by the grace of water
National Geographic Special Edition, Nov. 1993

It is water, in every form and at every scale, that saturates the mind.   All the water that will ever be is, right now.

National Geographic, October 1993

Here was a thing which had not changed; a score of years had not affected the water’s mulatto complexion in the least; a score of centuries would succeed no better, perhaps. It comes out of the turbulent, bank-carving Missouri, and every tumblerful of it hold nearly an acre of land in solution. I got this fact from the bishop of the diocese. If you will let your glass stand half an hour, you can separate the land from the water as easy as Genesis; and you will find them both good: the one is good to eat, the other is good to drink. The land is very nourishing, the water is thoroughly wholesome. The one appeases hunger; the other thirst. But the natives do not take them separately, but together, as nature mixed them. When they find an inch of mud in the bottom of the glass, they stir it up and then take the draught as they would gruel. It is difficult for a stranger to get used to this batter, but once used to it, he will prefer it to water. This is really the case. It is good for steamboating, and good to drink; but it is worthless for all other purposes, except baptizing.
Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain), Life on the Mississippipi

The face of the water, in time, became a wonderful book- a book that was a dead language to the uneducated passenger, but which told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice. And it was not a book to be read once and thrown aside, for it had a new story to tell every day.
Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

My books are water; those of great geniuses are wine. Everybody drinks water.
Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain)

We must also consider the qualities of the waters, for as they differ from one another in taste and weight, so also do they differ much in their qualities.  ...And I wish to give an account of the other kinds of waters, namely, of such as are wholesome and such as are unwholesome, and what bad and what good effects may be derived from water; for water contributes much towards health.

I will now tell how it is with respect to rain-water, and water from snow. Rain waters, then, are the lightest, the sweetest, the thinnest, and the clearest; for originally the sun raises and attracts the thinnest and lightest part of the water, as is obvious from the nature of salts; for the saltish part is left behind owing to its thickness and weight, and forms salts; but the sun attracts the thinnest part, owing to its lightness, and he abstracts this not only from the lakes, but also from the sea, and from all things which contain humidity, and there is humidity in everything; and from man himself the sun draws off the thinnest and lightest part of the juices.
Hippocrates, On Airs, Waters, and Places (400 B.C.E

Water is sometimes sharp and sometimes strong, sometimes acid and sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet and sometimes thick or thin, sometimes it is seen bringing hurt or pestilence, sometime health-giving, sometimes poisonous. It suffers change into as many natures as are the different places through which it passes. And as the mirror changes with the colour of its subject, so it alters with the nature of the place, becoming noisome, laxative, astringent, sulfurous, salty, incarnadined, mournful, raging, angry, red, yellow, green, black, blue, greasy, fat or slim. Sometimes it starts a conflagration, sometimes it extinguishes one; is warm and is cold, carries away or sets down, hollows out or builds up, tears or establishes, fills or empties, raises itself or burrows down, speeds or is still; is the cause at times of life or death, or increase or privation, nourishes at times and at others does the contrary; at times has a tang, at times is without savor, sometimes submerging the valleys with great floods. In time and with water, everything changes.
Leonardo da Vinci

When oxygen and hydrogen find one another, their joining produces fiery passion. Out of this fire, water is born. Quaint Victorian chemistry gives us an image of one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms in a fixed molecule that bounces around from place to place. The reality of water is not so orderly. The hydrogen atoms are not owned by any particular oxygen atom. Water is a substance very much in love with itself, and the atoms connect in webs and clusters where oxygen shares around the hydrogen atoms freely, a fluid situation indeed.
Ian D. Anderson, (aka Ian Lurking Bear)

1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4. And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.
8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
10. And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good...
20. ...And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
22. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis, Chapter 1, King James translation of the Bible

1. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23, King James translation of the Bible

10. He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills.
11. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches.
13. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.
Psalm 104, King James translation of the Bible

23. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil.
Joel, Chapter 2, King James translation of the Bible

27. For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:
28. Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly.
Job Chapter 36, King James translation of the Bible

From earliest times, water has always been acknowledged as a primary human good and an indispensable natural resource. Around the great rivers of the world, like the Mississippi, great cultures have developed, while over the course of the centuries the prosperity of countless societies has been linked to these waterways. Today, however, the great fluvial systems of every continent are exposed to serious threats, often as a result of man’s activity and decisions. Concern for the fate of the great rivers of the earth must lead us to reflect soberly on the model of development which our society is pursuing. A purely economic and technological understanding of progress, to the extent that it fails to acknowledge its intrinsic limitations and to take into consideration the integral good of humanity, will inevitably provoke negative consequences for individuals, peoples and creation itself.
Pope Benedict XVI
Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.
Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) Canticle of the Sun
Man is not an aquatic animal, but from the time we stand in youthful wonder beside a Spring brook till we sit in old age and watch the endless roll of the sea, we feel a strong kinship with the waters of this world.
Hal Borland (1900-1978), Sundial of the Seasons
Before enlightenment, Chop wood Carry water.  After enlightenment, Chop wood Carry water.
Zen Proverb
Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink. Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" 1798
Don't throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
Swedish proverb
We live in the hope and faith that, by the advance of molecular physics, we shall by-and-by be able to see our way as clearly from the constituents of water to the properties of water, as we are now able to deduce the operations of a watch from the form of its parts and the manner in which they are put together.
T. H. Huxley, On the Physical Basis of Life (1869)
It is wise to bring some water, when one goes out to look for water
Arab Proverb

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Carl Reiner

Snow is just time-release water.
resident of Granby Colorado

Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.
Cyril Connolly

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
Isak Dinesen

I have been instrumental in banning bottled water on the set. It hasn't gone that well with the crew... so I replaced it with tequila.
Hugh Laurie

You see through love, and that deludes your sight, As what is straight seems crooked through the water.
John Dryden

A straight oar looks bent in the water. What matters is not merely that we see things but how we see them.
Michel de Montaigne

It is with our passions as it is with fire and water, they are good servants, but bad masters.
The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase these things with money.
The most efficient water power in the world - women's tears.
Wilson Mizner
There's something wrong with a mother who washes out a measuring cup with soap and water after she's only measured water in it.
Erma Bombeck
I got this powdered water - now I don't know what to add.
Steven Wright

And all the air is filled with pleasant noise of waters.
Henry Wordsworth, "Resolution and Independence

And gentle winds and waters near, make music to the lonely ear.

It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Throughout the history of literature, the guy who poisons the well has been the worst of all villains.
Author unknown

Just Add Water

The words on labels tell this tale,
In recipes, in ads by mail,
And chances are, at work or play,
You'll see these famous words today
 - Just add water.

You'd be surprised how many things
Are dry and useless till one brings
The magic liquid known to all;
You use it when you heed the call
 - Just add water.

To illustrate and prove this thought,
Remember all the food you've bought
On which was printed, clear and bright,
Instructions that make cooking light
 - Just add water.

You now can buy
Dried fruits, or soups, or tasty cakes;
To powdered milk and frozen juices,
To products with a thousand uses,
Just add water.

Imagine for a minute, please,
An arid wasteland, bare of trees;
This could be farmland, rich and good
And quite productive if we could
Just add water.

What turns cement into concrete?
What changes seed to golden wheat?
No other words now known to man
Can answer that: but these words can:
Just add water.

David J. Ford

When you look at that nature world it becomes an icon, it becomes a holy picture that speaks of the origins of the world. Almost every mythology sees the origins of life coming out of water. And, curiously, that's true. It's amusing that the origin of life out of water is in myths and then again, finally, in science, we find the same thing. It's exactly so.
Joseph Campbell, The Hero's Journey
Tis a little thing To give a cup of water; yet its draught of cool refreshment, drain'd by fever'd lips, May give a shock of pleasure to the frame More exquisite than when nectarean juice Renews the life of joy in happiest hours.
Sir Thomas Noon lfourd, Ion
Water from a fountain quenches the excessive heat which would destroy this life. Thus water can be called the only everlasting source of continuous being.
Nicola Salvi, 1732 
How it pours, pours, pours, In a never-ending sheet! How it drives beneath the doors! How it soaks the passer's feet! How it rattles on the shutter! How it rumples up the lawn! How 'twill sigh, and moan, and mutter, From darkness until dawn.
Rossiter Johnson, Rhyme of the Rain
I have never seen a river that I could not love. Moving water . . . has a fascinating vitality. It has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest streamlet is an exact replica of a great river.
Roderick Haig-Brown
In the desert, the only god is a well.
Vera Nazarian, Dreams of the Compass Rose
Water belongs to us all. Nature did not make the sun one person's property, nor air, nor water, cool and clear.
Michael Simpson, The Metamorphoses of Ovid
Civilization did not come with fire. It came with the discovery of how to use fire to heat water.
Laura Anne Gilman
‘For the people of my country’, Renato said, ‘water is everything: love, life, religion... even God.’
‘It is like that for me too’, I said. ‘In English we call that a metaphor.’
‘Of course’, said Renato, ‘and water is the most abundant metaphor on earth.’

Pam Houston, Waltzing the Cat
Homeopaths argue that water has a memory.
Scarlett Thomas, The End of Mr. Y

I want to laugh hysterically into a bucket of water, have my humor imprinted on each water molecule and then drink the funniest drink ever.
Jarod Kintz
When a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.
Raymond Carver, Poems

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.
William Wordsworth
It is rooted deep in your bones; the water calls out to you until it causes you physical pain unless you come to it.
Nadia Scrieva, Drowning Mermaid
Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give.
Jane Austen, Emma
Dip him in the river who loves water.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The water you kids were playing in, he said, had probably been to Africa and the North Pole. Genghis Khan or Saint Peter or even Jesus may have drunk it. Cleopatra might have bathed in it. Crazy Horse might have watered his pony with it. Sometimes water was liquid. Sometimes it was rock hard- ice. Sometimes it was soft- snow. Sometimes it was visible but weightless- clouds. And sometimes it was completely invisible- vapor- floating up into the the sky like the soals of dead people. There was nothing like water in the world, Jim said. It made the desert bloom but also turned rich bottomland into swamp. Without it we'd die, but it could also kill us, and that was why we loved it, even craved it, but also feared it. Never take water forgranted, Jim said. Always cherish it. Always beware of it.
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses
It is difficult to find anything more healthy to drink than good cold water, such as flows down to us from springs and snows of our mountains. This is the beverage we should drink. It should be our drink at all times.
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses
You are water I’m water we’re all water in different containers that’s why it’s so easy to meet someday we’ll evaporate together.
Yoko Ono
The rusty
Pump pumps over your sweating face the clear
Water, cold, so cold! you cup your hands
And gulp from them the dailiness of life.

Randall Jarrell
If I were called in to construct a religion I should make use of water.
Philip Larkin
They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.
Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.
Santosh Kalwar
It is said by the Eldar that in water there lives yet the echo of the Music of the Ainur more than in any substance that is in this Earth; and many of the Children of Ilúvatar hearken still unsated to the voices of the Sea, and yet know not for what they listen.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.
Khalil Gibran

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.
Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life
Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
It is clear that life on Earth depends on the unusual structure and anomalous nature of liquid water. Organisms consist mostly of liquid water. This water performs many functions and it can never be considered simply as an inert diluent; it transports, lubricates, reacts, stabilizes, signals, structures and partitions. The living world should be thought of as an equal partnership between the biological molecules and water.
Martin Chaplin, Water Structure and Science

A chemist's view of the world is not as narrow as one might think! Yes, we start with the atom, and then go on to the rules governing the kinds of structural units that can be made from them. We are taught early on to predict the properties of bulk matter from these geometric arrangements.

And then we come to H2O, and are shocked to find that many of these predictions are way off, and that water (and by implication, life itself) should not even exist on our planet! But we soon learn that this tiny combination of three nuclei and ten electrons possesses special properties that make it unique among the more than 15 million chemical species we presently know. When we stop to ponder the consequences of this, chemistry moves from being an arcane science to a voyage of wonder and pleasure as we learn to relate the microscopic world of the atom to the greater world in which we all live.
Stephen Lower - A gentle introduction to water and its structure

Be formless, be shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.
Bruce Lee

Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Bruce Lee

Salt water when it turns into vapour becomes sweet, and the vapour does not form salt water when it condenses again. This I know by experiment. The same thing is true in every case of the kind: wine and all fluids that evaporate and condense back into a liquid state become water. They all are water modified by a certain admixture, the nature of which determines their flavour.
Aristotle describing his distillation experiment
A minister is driving down to New York to see a show and he's stopped in Connecticut for speeding. The state trooper smells alcohol on his breath and then he sees an empty wine bottle on the floor, and he says, “Sir, have you been drinking?” And the minister says, “Just water.” The sheriff says, “Then why do I smell wine?” And the minister looks down at the bottle and says, “Good Lord, He's done it again!”
I don't want to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution!I don't want to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution!
On a July 2014 trip to Las Vegas with Sound of the Rockies this sign in front of Pub 1842 caught my eye. Variations of this quote can be found all over the internet, as well as on signs in front of bars, and on T-shirts. As a stickler for accuracy I had to point out the inaccurate claim that alcohol alone is a solution. Not to get too technical... but it takes a solvent (i.e. water) and a solute (i.e. alcohol and other chemicals that contribute to the flavor, odor and color of the beverage) to make a solution.  Alcohol could be the solvent if it were the most abundant component in the beverage.
So, for the sake of scientific accuracy, the quote should read...

I don't want to get technical, but according to chemistry, water and alcohol make a solution! 

For that matter, beer, wine and chocolate martinis are also perfectly good solutions.
The Perfect Solution: Chocolate Martini recipe:
* Create the Alcohol Component: mix equal portions of:
   - Godiva liquor
   - Creme de Caco
   - Vodka
* Dip martini glass rim in chocolate sauce/syrup (purists can then dip the rim in sugar)
* Drizzle additional chocolate sauce/syrup down the inside of the martini glass
* Add ice to the martini shaker
* Pour in one part Half and Half and one part Alcohol Component
* Shake and strain into martini glass
* Sprinkle with white or dark chocolate shavings or M&Ms
* Enjoy!

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Updated April 2015