These lake quotes will inspire you to reach a place of mindfulness or calming.
The lake can truly be an inspirational place where ideas flow.
Maybe you view lakes as places to relax and swim (or not) while soaking up some sun.
Whatever brings you to the lake take a breath and enjoy the stillness.
I walk around the lake by my house every day and it keeps me focused on achieving my goals.
It is one of the few places where I can quiet my mind and envision the future.
Lakes are filled with natural magic otherwise known as water.
Water has the power to be soothing or terrifying.
It can sustain life or take it away.
A lake holds all that raw potential still, keeping it from damaging things in its path, in much the same way our brains hold our thoughts.
That connection can make the lake a meaningful place for calming, quietness, searching our feelings, and finding truth.
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Beautifully calm lake quotes
1. “Be calm like a calm lake, then you will look beautiful like a beautiful calm lake!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
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2. “The lake is good for the soul.” – Unknown
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3. “Every lake belongs to the quietness desired by the swans.” – Munia Khan
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4. “Know when to give up and just go to the lake.” – Unknown
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5. “A little tranquil lake is more significant to my life than any big city in the world.” – Munia Khan
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6. “We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” – Zen Saying
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7. “The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.” – B.K.S Iyengar
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8. “Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.” – Lao Tzu
9. “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
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Loney and quiet lake quotes
10. “So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” – Edgar Allan Poe
11. “Find a calm lake and wait for the twilight in silence! There, existence will visit you with all its magnificence! The existence of the Existence can best be felt in the presence of dimness and in the absence of crowds and noises!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
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12. “All you need is love and the lake.” – Unknown
13. “In the hearts captivated by innocence, the eternal peace of a quiet lake is experienced!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
14. “My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.” – Hamlin Garland
15. “Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from ‘hurry sickness.’ Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure.” – Wayne Dyer
16. “I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.” – Steven Tyler
17. “When you’re young you think that you’re going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.” – Doris Lessing
18. “On a quiet night at the lake, you can almost hear the fish laughing.” – Unknown
19. “Mindfulness arises when you allow your attention to fall effortlessly on the breathing point like an autumn leaf falling on a lake of still water” – Amit Ray, Beautify your Breath – Beautify your Life
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Quotes about lakes and oceans
20. “Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with who they are.” – Mehmet Murat ildan
21. “The little lake you love is the biggest ocean for you!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
22. “If the lake sees the ocean, it will want big waves! If the ocean sees the lake, it will want calm days that last for years!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
23. “The ocean is not a big lake; the lake is not a small ocean! Ocean is ocean, lake is lake!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
24. “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.” – Percy Ross
25. “For the contented minds, lakes are oceans!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
26. “Even a pebble cast in the middle of a lake creates ripples that eventually reach the shore.” – Jeffrey G. Duarte
27. “The words bounced off her like a stone skipping over the surface of a lake. A stone may skip a long way, but it always sinks eventually.” – Rachel Hartman, Tess of the Road
28. “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
29. “What I find cool about being a banned author is this: I’m writing books that evoke a reaction, books that, if dropped in a lake, go down not with a whimper but a splash.” – Lauren Myracle
30. “Skip a stone. Take a hike. Sit a spell. Listen. Daydream. Just breathe. This is lake living.” – Unknown
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Lake quotes about the dangers and sadness of lakes
31. “When you have swam in the sea a lake will no longer do; everyone else has been a pond but the ocean was always you.” – Tyler Knott Gregson
32. “The water. The lake. It flows through our veins, and there’s nothing we can do about it… It’s like venom.” – Karen Katchur, The Secrets of Lake Road
33. “Frog who wants to be a king of the lake by terrorizing other frogs is not a frog but a scorpion or a snake!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
34. “I live with regrets – the bittersweet loss of innocence – the red track of the moon upon the lake – the inability to return and do it again…” – John Geddes, A Familiar Rain
35. “I have left behind what tethered me to the lake. The sadness. The self-pity. The dark tentacles of the murky sea monster only I could see. And I have come to appreciate the ocean. How the sun and salt together can leave things weightless, easy, and smooth around the edges. Like sea glass and driftwood.” – Wendy Wunder, The Museum of Intangible Things
36. “The lake’s deep…and dark…and dangerous.” – Mary Downing Hahn, Deep and Dark and Dangerous
37. “I’m terrified to go in lakes because you can’t see the bottom, and not knowing what’s there watching you is really scary to me.” – Sara Paxton
38. “When you’re working on a lake and it’s dark and cold out and you can’t see what’s underwater, it is freaking scary!” – Jessica Szohr
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Lake quotes about magic, feelings and the truth
39. “The lake is lovely,” I commented, “And so big. I still find it hard to believe it’s artificial.” “Oh, it’s artificial, all right. Dive deep and you may bash your head on tree stumps.” – Catherine Marshall, Julie
40. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley
41. “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens
42. “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” – William Wordsworth
43. “And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.” – C. S. Lewis
44. “There’s only one way to tackle life, enjoy a day at the beach, and jump into a Great Lake: Headfirst!” – Viola Shipman, The Charm Bracelet
45. “Just find your way, like a river settling into its bed, and the sigh of the wind over a lake, light but restful… content with the joy in the arc of an arm throwing a ball for a dog to fetch” – Jay Woodman
46. “Take the broken pieces of your life, bake a master cake out of it. Don’t stand still like a lake; keep flowing like a stream!” – Israelmore Ayivor, Dream Big!: See Your Bigger Picture!
47. “Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains…” – Diane Ackerman
48. “At the lake, every hour is happy hour.” – Unknown
Other inspirational lake quotes
49. “Advice from a lake: Be clear. Make positive ripples. Look beneath the surface. Stay Calm. Shore up friendships. Take time to reflect. Be full of life.” – Unknown
50. “Of all the paths you take in life make some lead to the lake.” – Unknown
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51. “The sky loves lakes rather than oceans because it finds the opportunity to watch itself in the crystal clear mirrors of the lakes!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
52. “Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.” – Laurie Kahn
53. “Sometimes a misty lake becomes so calm in the early morning that a person who is boating thinks he is dead, as if there is only existence but not himself!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
More insightful lake quotes
54. “I prefer lakes, streams, and ponds to the sea. My people left the oceans for a reason and have since preferred their salt from shakers rather than brine.” ― Thomm Quackenbush
55. “There is a lake that one day refused to flow away and threw up a dam at the place where it had before flowed out and since then this lake has always risen higher and higher. Perhaps the very act of renunciation provides us with the strength to bear it ; perhaps man will rise ever higher and higher when he no longer flows out into a God.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
56. “I grew up in this room, in this loft overlooking the lake. I was born here too, seventeen years ago under a watery full moon while a rainstorm flooded the banks of the lake and turned the shore to mud.” ― Shea Ernshaw
57. “Tranquillity of waves, air to tickle…
smiling to smile, lake puts on such grace..
sweet oh nature, you!
you, how I embrace!”
― Somya Kedia
58. “When the mind is silent like a lake the lotus blossoms.” ― Amit Ray
59. “The language of a river inscribes
over eyes of moths and flies
the navel of the land is a lake.”
― Sneha Subramanian Kanta
60. “Stay away from the underground lake I implore,
The Siren will see you are heard of no more.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri
61. “The Lake burst upon us—a noble sheet of blue water lifted six thousand three hundred feet above the level of the sea and walled in by a rim of snow…!” ― Mark Twain
62. “The world of water has a way of perpetuating myths and shrouding lakes in mystery.” ― Fennel Hudson
63. “Who comes to the lake for water, and sees the reflection of the moon.” ― Rumi
Lake quotes that are relaxing and full of wisdom
64. “A lake so vibrant in color that it looks like a fine art painting.” ― Stefanie Payne
65. “This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.” ― Percy Bysshe Shelley
66. “Stay close to the serenity of a lake to meet your own peace of mind.” ― Munia Khan
67. “Then there was silence, the air like ice. Brittle-looking birch trees with black marks on their white bark, and some kind of small untidy evergreens rolled up like sleepy bears. The frozen lake not level but mounded along the shore, as if the waves had turned to ice in the act of falling.” — Alice Munro
68. “The lake water was reinventing the forest and the white moon above it, and wolves lapped up the cold reflection of the sky.” ― Karen Russell
69. “The barriers between reality and fiction are softer than we think; a bit like a frozen lake. Hundreds of people can walk across it, but then one evening a thin spot develops and someone falls through; the hole is frozen over by the following morning.” — Jasper Fforde
70. “I’ve always liked the feeling of traveling light. The idea of being weighed down made me uneasy, as if I lived on the surface of a frozen lake and each new trapping of domestic life – a pot, a chair, a lamp – threatened to be the thing that sent me through the ice.” — Nicole Krauss
71. “I must confess, that my heart is like a frozen lake, only pretends to be firm, to shroud its tearful ache. So tread over this heart, as often as you like, but one of these days, if it feels your warmth strike; its cold, thin surface will abruptly break asunder, and then it won’t resist from pulling you deep under.” — Akash Mandal
72. “When a lake’s doubt is shown as ripples, sunshine rays are flown to the hills.” — Ankush Agarwal
73. “If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.” — Sri Ravi Shankar
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74. “When the fishbowl gets too small, it’s time to pack up and leave and jump into the lake or ocean.” ― Travie McCoy
75. “I really enjoy sailing on Lake Geneva because I can just look at the shore and see my wife having a barbecue with the kids.” ― Ernesto Bertarelli
76. “The long morning shadows lay as still and dark as lakes and patterned the rough ground with straight margins.” ― Paul Theroux
77. “She’s filing her nails while they are dragging the lake.” ― Elvis Costello
78. “An ocean which thinks there is nothing to learn from a lake is not a wise ocean!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan
79. “Better try to stay wide awake, or you might end up found dead by the lake.” ― Eminem
80. “Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.” ― Henry David Thoreau
81. “Dancing of the autumn leaves on the surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake!” ― Mehmet Murat Ildan
82. “It was the silent time before dawn, along the shores of what had been one of the most beautiful lakes in southern Africa.” ― James A. Michener
83. “There is something so perfect about the mountains and the lake and the trees… sometimes I want to tear it all to pieces.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe
What did you learn from these lake quotes?
Hopefully, these lake quotes and sayings were able to help you reach a place of mindfulness or calming.
These were special for me as my current book involves the lake!
As I was looking up these lake quotes, I was reminded that the lake really is a beautiful thing.
It can be so many things to different people: a place for summer fun, a place for reflection, a pretty piece of nature to gaze at, and so much more.
If you are feeling stressed or unsure about which path to take next, take a trip to the lake.
Go for a walk, sit on a bench and look at the water.
Let your mind focus and be still.
Or go and jump in (I’m too scared for that!).
Comment below with your favorite quote and what lessons or truths you discovered while at the lake.