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95 Water Quotes Honoring the Flow of Life

Want to learn the best way to go with flow? Take these water quotes to heart.

Norbert Juma
Published on May 12, 2020 6:00 AM EST
Water Quotes Honoring the Flow of Life

This “water quotes” collection will inspire you to keep moving towards your goals and dreams no matter what obstacles stand in your path.

Water is vital for all forms of life. Although it provides no calories or organic nutrients, water plays an important role in our world. It is the centre piece of all life.

Water Quotes Honoring the Flow of Life

As we strive for a happier and more fulfilling life, we can draw a lot of inspiration from water. Despite being soft and humble, it cuts through hard rocks because of its patience and persistence.

So when life throws obstacles in your way, be like water and either cut through them or form a new path that will lead you to your goals and dreams.

To give you the motivation you need to keep flowing, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thoughtful water quotes, water sayings, and water proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

Don’t forget to also read our selection of inspirational rain quotes. We also have a collection of quotes about forests as well as these ocean quotes to inspire beauty and depth. Be sure to check out those as well.

Water quotes honoring the flow of life

1. “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

2. “Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov

3. “A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.” – Lucy Larcom

4. “Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give.” ― Jane Austen

5. “The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.” – Lucretius

Water quotes honoring the flow of life

6. “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” ― William Wordsworth

7. “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

8. “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”― Leonardo da Vinci

9. “When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” – Benjamin Franklin

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10. “Water is sufficient…the spirit moves over water.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

Water quotes to inspire your day

11. “This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.” – Dennis Rodman (see more Dennis Rodman quotes and sayings)

12. “You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents—the rest you let float by.” – David Wroblewski

13. “It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” 
― Nicholas Sparks

14. “When life places stones in your path, be the water. A persistent drop of water will wear away even the hardest stone.” ― Autumn Morning Star

15. “Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.” ― Wallace Stevens

Water quotes to inspire your day

16. “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

17. “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

18. “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”― W. H. Auden

19. “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 Leopold

20. “All water is holy water.” ― Rajiv Joseph

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Water quotes about life and progress

21. “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” – Mike May

22. “Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

23. “Do not feel sad for your tears as rocks never regret the waterfalls” ― Munia Khan

24. “Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.” – Crystal Middlemas

25. “Run wild and free like a waterfall” ― Anamika Mishra

Water quotes about life and progress

26. “Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down.”― Vanessa Paradis

27. “Water is sacred to all Human Beings. If you do not have water, you cannot have life. I always remember to honor and pour the water because it is traditional.” ― Autumn Morning Star

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28. “Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”― Santosh Kalwar

29. “Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world.” – Charles Mackay

30. “When the water is calm, take as much distance as possible with your boat!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Water quotes to help you move forward

31. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

32. “A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

33. “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.” ― Kahlil Gibran

34. “Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

35. “Life in us is like the water in a river.” ― Henry David Thoreau

Water quotes to help you move forward

36. “Water is soft and humble, but it is the most powerful and is the most endurable.” ― Debasish Mridha

37. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”― Mahatma Gandhi

38. “Water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being.” – Stephen Johnson

39. “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” – Slovakian Proverb

40. “Water was liquid silver, water was gold. It was clarity—a sacred thing.” ― Aspen Matis

Interesting quotes about water and life

41. “I have seen the sea when it is storm and wild; when it is quiet and serene when it is dark and moody. And in all these moods, I see myself.” – Martin Buxbaum

42. “The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.” ― Raymond Carve

43. “Water is such a lifesaver into which we cannot breathe but without taking it into us we cannot live” ― Munia Khan

44. “Water is the driving force in nature.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

45. “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” – Sylvia Earle

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Interesting quotes about water and life

46. “Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.” ― Sun Tzu

47. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”― Ryunosuke Satoro

48. “In my life, water has had the character of punctuation.” ― Sue Ellen Campbell

49. “The sea is captive in a drop of water.” ― Marty Rubin

50. “The water tells none of its secrets.” ― Nikos Engonopoulos

Inspirational water quotes to help you move forward

51. “Water, in all its forms, is what carries the knowledge of life throughout the universe.”― Anthony T. Hincks

52. “I believe that water is the closest thing to a god we have here on Earth. We are in awe of its power and majestic beauty. We are drawn to it as if it’s a magical, healing force. We gestate in water, are made of water, and need to drink water to live. We are living in water.”― Alex Z. Moores

53. “I am like the water that runs over me, immune to permanence, recycling endlessly. I am water; I am life. The form may change, but the substance stays the same. Strike me down and I will rise again. Vincit qui patitur.”― Rick Yancey

54. “Water belongs to us all. Nature did not make the sun one person’s property, nor air, nor water, cool and clear.”― Michael Simpson

55. “The water was pure and cold and came out of the Apennines tasting like snow melted in the hands of a pretty girl.”― Pat Conroy

56. “Clean water is inestimably precious to waste!”― Mohith Agadi

57. “Water liked to be free. . . Water hated being trapped, just like Percy.”― Rick Riordan

58. “Water is the reason of our birth; it is the healer, the destroyer and the final consumer.”― Neeraj Singhvi

59. “Without water, life would just be rock.”― Anthony T. Hincks

60. “Be like water, which is fluid & soft & yielding, as in time, water will overcome rock which is rigid & hard. Therefor, what is soft is strong.”― Anonymous

61. “Water is always working, reorganizing the land.”― Tim Palmer

62. “I was still water, held by my surroundings.
I am now a river, carving my own path.”― Scott Stabile

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63. “A calm water is like a still soul.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

64. “You can not hide on an island and expect that water will not find you.”― Chuck Bridges

65. “Water! You may not like it, but you have to drink it.”― Anthony T. Hincks

Water quotes that will broaden your thoughts

66. “Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

67. “The water is a dark flower and a fisherman is a bee in the heart of her.”
Annie Proulx

68. “The sound of water is worth more than all the poets’ words.” – Octavio Paz

69. “The water caresses in the glass, like love in the body.”― Charles de Leusse

70. “A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.” – Joan Didion

71. “Make hope just like water in your life”― Khaled Ibrahim

72. “Why was it that the sight of water made everything in the world seem okay? She wanted to look at water every day.”― E.C. Diskin

73. “Water wants to join water. Youth wants to join youth.”― Hermann Hesse

74. “The person who despises a drop of water is an utter ignorant who doesn’t know that billions of tiny creatures in this world can live with one water drop for days!”― Mehmet Murat ildan

75. “Whoever thirst for the living Water shall be quench.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

Thoughtful water quotes

76. “Water is my drink.” – Stephen Curry

77. “I am like water so to say, I will find my way!”― Md. Ziaul Haque

78. “My desk faces the water, and I’m perfectly happy sitting there. I’m never lonely.” – Tom Stoppard

79. “When water falls, it flies.”― Anthony T. Hincks

80. “I could float in the pool for hours, just letting the water carry me.” – Jill Scott

81. “If the earth is a mother then rivers are her veins.”― Amit Kalantri

82. “How one raindrop marries the other and forms an ocean of love.”― Suyasha Subedi

83. “Water in the boat is the ruin of the boat, but water under the boat is its support.”― Jalaluddin Rumi

84. “Be like water. Flow, crash, fly!”― Md. Ziaul Haque

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85. “Water is colourless like life.”― Lailah Gifty Akita

Other insightful water quotes

86. “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.” – Benjamin Franklin

87. “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

88. “Do you ever feel like you’re getting sick, and then you have a glass of water and you’re like, ‘oh, that’s why people drink that.’” – Dina Hashem

89. “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

90. “My therapist set half a glass of water in front of me. He asked if I was an optimist or a pessimist. So, I drank the water and told him I was a problem solver.” – Unknown

91. “Water is insipid, inodorous, colorless and smooth.” – Edmund Burke

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

93. “Water sustains all.” – Thales of Miletus

94. “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

95. “A man of wisdom delights in water.” – Confucius

Which of these water quotes was your favorite?

Water is the driving force in nature. It’s the lifeblood of humanity, our nations, our economies and our well-being.

Water represents life. It’s a symbol of love, purity, fertility, life, motion, renewal, and transformation. We hope that the above quotes have inspired you to move forward in your life and live it to the fullest.

Did you enjoy these water quotes? Which of the quotes resonated with you best? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

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    Rachelle McKellips

    May 27, 2020 at 1:47 PM

    💧 Love these, thanks for sharing, I’ll share! This is my favorite one:
    “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu

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    John Spirko

    October 19, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Roderick Haig-Brown
    Book Title: A River Never Sleeps

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    John Spirko

    October 19, 2019 at 12:40 PM

    here’s one you can add:

    “You might listen yourself and see what you hear, for if a river speaks to you… Well, it is one of the voices of the world like the wind or the moving sea.”

    Sean Russell, The One Kingdom

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    Water Hueman

    October 14, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    I loved and resonated with all quotes thank you very much!!!

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