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40 Quotes About Water

August 29th, 2008

Because it is essential to the sustenance of life, water is one of the most important substances on Earth. It also has useful chemical and physical properties that have made it the object of much fascination throughout human history. Perhaps not surprisingly, there have been many quotes describing the actual or metaphorical powers of water and their effect on human civilization. In the list below, I have compiled 40 of the best water quotes that I have found so far.


  • Between Earth and its atmosphere, the amount of water remains constant; there is never a drop more, never a drop less. This is a story of circular infinity, of a planet birthing itself. — Linda Hogan
  • 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…Living systems cleanse water and make it fit, among other things, for human consumption. — Elliot A. Norse
  • 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. — Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 600-531 BC
  • Life originated in the sea, and about eighty percent of it is still there. — Isaac Asimov
  • Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be seperated from water. No water, no life. Period. Water comes in many forms - liquid, vapor, ice, snow, fog, rain, hail. But no matter the form, it’s still water. — Robert Fulghum
  • All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was. — Toni Morrison
  • Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water. — Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  • We are in an age of media consolidation and concentration and, yes, threatened, but also liberated information flow; and since flow of information is to spirit what water is to life, we’d best think about how to keep the pipes free and unclogged. — Raphie Frank
  • 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 Carlson
  • You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. — Edwin Louis Cole

  • A little water is a sea to an ant. — Afghan proverb
  • Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world. — Brenda Peterson
  • Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy. — Albanian proverb
  • High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth. — Edmund S. Muskie
  • When the well is dry, we know the worth of water. — Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
  • A man from the West will fight over three things: water, women and gold, usually in that order. — Barry Goldwater
  • 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
  • Water is the only drink for a wise man. — Henry David Thoreau
  • Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • A liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I’m somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill. — Theodore H. White
  • 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. Laurence
  • If water is too clear, it will not contain fish; people who are too cautious will never gain wisdom. — Chinese proverb
  • 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
  • Human beings were invented by water as a device for transporting itself from one place to another. — Ed Ford
  • If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. — Loran Eisely
  • Water is clearly vital for life. What is perhaps more surprising is that water plays a crucial role in lubricating the motion of plates; without it there would be no plate tectonics. So water quickens life and the Earth itself. — David Singleton
  • Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil. — Lloyd Axworthy
  • If you dam a river, it stagnates. Running water is beautiful water. — English Proverb
  • Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year. — World Bank Institute, 1999
  • In Amsterdam the water is the mistress and the land the vassal. throughout the city there are as many canals and drawbridges as bracelets on a Gypsy’s bronzed arms. — Felix Marti-Ibanez
  • The oceans are the planet’s last great living wilderness, man’s only remaining frontier on earth, and perhaps his last chance to produce himself a rational species. — John L. Cullney
  • Water is a pioneer which the settler follows, taking advantage of its improvements. — Henry David Thoreau
  • The water downstream will not be clear if the water upstream is muddied. — Korean proverb
  • Water is the driver of Nature. — Leonardo da Vinci
  • In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans. — Kahlil Gibran
  • You can never step into the same river, for new waters are always flowing on to you. — Heraclitus
  • Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world. — Charles Mackay
  • Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed. — Buddha
  • In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. — Lao Tzu
  • Thousands have lived without love, but not one has lived without water. — W.H. Auden



11 Responses to “40 Quotes About Water”

  1. comment number 1 by: Satyran

    Great list! You should also include this awesome one by Master 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.
    Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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.”

  2. comment number 2 by: abby

    life depends on water

  3. comment number 3 by: Ijaz Khan

    Each Drop is a Breath of Life

  4. comment number 4 by: love

    this site consisting of 40 quotations on water made me absolutely speeechless!!!!!!!!!!!!!! good work .keep it up!!!!!!!!!!! thank u………….

  5. comment number 5 by: Vatsal

    This is gr8.

  6. comment number 6 by: Ronztrek

    Was looking for quotes made by Masaru Emoto, didn’t find any, but sure appreciate what I did find here. Thank You!

  7. comment number 7 by: Srijan

    Great effort, lovely task.
    As Man for his wife, so is Water for life.

  8. comment number 8 by: Drop by drop makes an ocean

    Please save water there is no water on MOTHER EARTH

  9. comment number 9 by: Jon Reeves

    Where does the droplet finish and the ocean begin?

    Water is so important in so many aspects of our lives.

  10. comment number 10 by: Michelle

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

    Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and 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-

  11. comment number 11 by: Jibrin

    As simple as it may sound, water is life as it sustains life.

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