327 Inspirational Water Quotes About Life

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

These water quotes will inspire you to keep moving towards your goals and dreams no matter the obstacles blocking you.

Water, the life-giving elixir that flows through our world, holds a profound symbolism in the human experience.

It mirrors our emotions, adapts to its surroundings, and carries the power to cleanse and renew.

As the poet Langston Hughes once wrote, “I’ve known rivers: ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”

Join us as we immerse ourselves in the wisdom of poets, philosophers, and thinkers who have found inspiration in the depths of water’s embrace.

Let these quotes wash over you like a soothing stream, allowing them to awaken your senses, evoke introspection, and connect you to water’s timeless power and beauty.

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What are the benefits of reading these water quotes?

Water is vital for all life forms, and these water quotes will help you appreciate its role.

Although it provides no calories or organic nutrients, water plays an important role in our world.

It is the centerpiece of all life.

As we strive for a happier and more fulfilling life, we can draw much inspiration from water.

These water quotes will inspire you to greet your own challenges the way water does!

Water:

  • Can cut through hard rocks because of its patience and persistence
  • Creates a new path over time to get where it needs to go
  • Is soft but one of the most influential and destructive forces

When life throws obstacles in your way, be like water and cut through them or form a new path leading you to your goals and dreams.

To motivate you to keep flowing, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and thoughtful water quotes, sayings, and proverbs collected from various sources over the years.

So, fill up your water bottle, take a few sips, and enjoy these water quotes.

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Water quotes honoring the flow of life

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

Water quotes honoring the flow of life

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

Water quotes to inspire your day

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

Water quotes about life and progress

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

Water quotes to help you move forward

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

Interesting quotes about water and life

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

powerful Water quotes

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

worth of Water quotes

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

spiritual Water quotes

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

wonderful Water quotes

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

Water quotes about life

Water quotes to inspire your day

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

Water is life quotes

12. “Walking on water is easy if you know where to step.” ― Peter Tieryas

walking on Water quotes

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

insightful Water quotes

14. “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)

Water quotes to inspire you

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

important Water quotes

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

holy Water quotes

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

Water drops quotes

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

lake Water quotes

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

clean Water quotes

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

Water quotes about freedom

Water quotes about life and progress

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

Water quotes about healing

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

calm Water quotes

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

Water quotes about islands

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

drinking Water quotes

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

Water quotes about nature

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

flowing Water quotes

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

Water quotes about waterfalls

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

Water quotes about rivers

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

Water quotes about oceans

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

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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 traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

35. “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

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. “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
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.”― 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. “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

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

58. “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

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

60. 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

61. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

Water quotes that will get you thinking

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. “Water is nothing if not ingemination, an encore to the tenacity of life.”― Terry Tempest Williams

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

Thought-provoking water quotes

96. “Do not turn me into restless waters you cannot promise to be my stream.”― Sanober Khan

97. “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” — Jacques Yves Cousteau

98. “There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.” — Sylvia A. Earle

99. “Water is the only drink for a wise man.” —Henry David Thoreau

100. “Water is the best of all things.” — Pindar

101. “Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.” —African Proverb

102. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” — Loren Eiseley

103. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” — Nelson Mandela

104. “Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.” — Stephen Curry

105. “To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.” —Barry Lopez

Insightful water quotes

106. “Water is life, and clean water means health.” — Audrey Hepburn

107. “It is wise to bring some water when one goes out to look for water.” —Arab Proverb

108. “Water – a thoroughly underrated drink.” ― Wayne Gerard Trotman

109. “Can the water in the valleys ever stop and rest?
When the water finally reaches the sea, it becomes great waves.” ― Francis Harold Cook

110. “My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.” — Mitch Hedberg

111. “All the water that will ever be is, right now.” —National Geographic

112. “Every drop in the ocean counts.” — Yoko Ono

113. “He that has satisfied his thirst turns his back on the well.” —Baltasar Gracian

114. “Water is the soul of the Earth.” — W. H. Auden

115. “The people are like water and the ruler a boat. Water can support a boat or overturn it.” — William Shakespeare

Water quotes to inspire you to flow

116. “As many raindrops join to form a great river of water, many souls join their highest intent to form the river of evolved consciousness.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

117. “You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Louis Cole

118. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus

119. “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.” – Percy Ross

120. “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” – John O’Donohue

121. “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Wallace Stevens
122. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” – Isak Dinesen

123. “There’s hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall.” – Patrick Ness

124. “Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.” – John Thorson

125. “To understand water is to understand the cosmos, the marvels of nature, and life itself.” – Masaru Emoto

Powerful water quotes

126. “Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci

127. “Like roots finding water, we always wind up moving towards what sustains us.” – Mark Nepo

128. “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” – Thomas Fuller

129. “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.” – Muhammad Ali

130. “River is time in water; as it came, still so it flows, yet never is the same.” – Barten Holyday

131. “The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.” – Georges Simenon

132. “Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone, must become available to all people now.” – Jean-Michel Cousteau

133. “Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall.” – Bob Ross

134. “The deeper the waters are, the more still they run.” – Korean Proverb

135. “When I sit here by the sea and listen to the sound of waves, I feel free from all obligations and people of this world.” – Henry David Thoreau

Water quotes to help you float through life’s storms

136. “What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin.” ― Doug Dorst, S.

137. “When I am with you, even the water makes me drank” ― M.F. Moonzajer

138. “A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelou

139. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” – A. A. Milne

140. “Surrender to the flow of the River of Life, yet do not float down the river like a leaf or a log. While neither attempting to resist life nor to hurry it, become the rudder and use your energy to correct your course to avoid the whirlpools and undertow.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

141. “I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea.” – Paulo Coelho

142. “You have to dig a well before you can draw water from it.” ― Richie Norton

143. “Going with the flow is responding to cues from the universe. When you go with the flow, you’re surfing Life’s force. It’s about wakeful trust and total collaboration with what’s showing up for you.” – Danielle LaPorte

144. “Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lao Tzu

145. “Reasoning with a drunkard is like Going under water with a torch to seek for a drowning man.” ― Thiruvalluvar

146. “Understanding plays a very crucial role in everyday life, just like water. Everyone should drink it, because it is the antidote for contradictions and antagonism in every way.”― Elijah Onyemmeri

147. “Like water, every moment is precious.”― Michael Bassey Johnson

148. “Today, at any moment, more water rushes through the atmosphere than flows through all the world’s rivers combined.”― Cynthia Barnett

149. “Give water enough time and it will carve a tunnel through the thickest mountain.”― Marty Rubin

150. “Fresh water springs are a living embodiment of the fountain of youth.”― Jessica Marie Baumgartner

More water quotes and sayings

151. “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.” – Bruce Lee

152. “Water is the most basic of all resources. Civilizations grew or withered depending on its availability.” – Dr. Nathan W. Snyder

153. “It’s good to leave each day behind, like flowing water, free of sadness. Yesterday is gone and its tale told.” – Rumi

154. “You can’t trust water. Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.” – W.C. Fields

155. “Water should not be judged by its history, but by its quality.” – Dr. Lucas Van Vuuren

156. “Water adopts the shape of its receptacle, it is sometimes a trickle and sometimes a wild sea.”— Miyamoto Musashi

157. “In calm water, every ship has a good captain.” – Grover Cleveland

158. “Water seeks its own level and water rises collectively.”— Julia Cameron

159. “Water is a common heritage, the value of which must be recognized by all. Everyone has the duty to use water carefully and economically.” – European Water Charter

160. “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat.”— John Ortberg Jr.

Beautiful Water Quotes

161. “All water has a perfect memory and is trying to get back to where it was.” – Toni Morrison

162. “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” – Christopher Reeve

163. “The sea is an underwater museum still awaiting its visitors.” – Phillip Diole

164. “The sea pronounces something, over and over, in a hoarse whisper; I cannot quite make it out.” – Annie Dillard

165. “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

166. “Take me to the ocean. Let me sail the open sea. To breathe the warm and salty air and dream of things to be.” – Erica Billups

167. “The sea is a desert of waves, A wilderness of water.” – Langston Hughes

168. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” – Jon Kabat-Zan

169. “For many of us, clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it.” – Marcus Samuelsson

170. “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.” – Margaret Atwood

Poetic water quotes

171. “Rain, midnight rain, nothing but the wild rain” – Edward Thomas, Rain

172. “The fountain is so happy.

The fountain is so glad,

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You cannot make it sorry

You cannot make it sad.” – Annette Wynne, The Fountain Is So Happy

173. “My river runs to thee:

Blue sea, wilt welcome me?” – Emily Dickinson, The Outlet

174. “Of the rivers bright and golden,

Rolling onward to the sea,

In their beauty and their grandeur,

Thou the dearest art to me.” – Daniel Clement Colesworthy, Casco River

175. “”Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone.” – Margaret Atwood

176. “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

177. “Look with open eyes and you will see the beauty of waterfall.” – Anthony Hincks

178. “Waterfalls wouldn’t sound so melodious if there were no rocks in their way.” – Rishabh Gautam

179. “So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” – Edgar Allan Poe

180. “A lake so vibrant in color that it looks like a fine art painting.” – Stefanie Payne

Amazing water quotes

181. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me) / It’s always our self we find in the sea.” – e.e. cummings 

182. “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

183. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” – Holly Black

184. “I’m always happy when I’m surrounded by water, I think I’m a Mermaid or I was a mermaid.” – Beyonce Knowles

185. “The ocean was the best place, of course. That was what she loved most. It was a feeling of freedom like no other, and yet a feeling of communion with all the other places and creatures the water touched.” – Ann Brashares 

186. “Water was something he loved, something he respected. He understood its beauty and its dangers. He talked about swimming as if it were a way of life.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

187. “How I wish I was like the water, Flowing so freely with every drop.” – Virgil Kalyana Mittata Iordache 

188. “Dip him in the river who loves water.” – William Blake

189. “Our bodies are molded rivers.” – Novalis

190. “A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Water quotes from surfers

191. “Out of the water, I am nothing.” – Duke Kahanamoku

192. “Foam is your friend. Don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul and your surfing.” – Rob Machado

193. “The biggest sin in the world would be if I lost my love for the ocean.” – Laird Hamilton

194. “You see that wave, that wall of water, and that tube. It’s something with being close to nature like that, pretty hard to beat.” – Jack O’Neill

195. “As hippy-cosmic as this sounds, I feel whole in the water and not whole out of the water.” – Mark Richards

196. “I like the feel of the fresh air and the salt water.” – Duke Kahanamoku

197. “Our water is so full of life; it’s the fastest water in the world. That’s all there is to it.” – Duke Kahanamoku

198. “My favorite toy or game has been the ocean. My real passion is for saltwater.” – Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz

199. “The ocean is alive, and we’ve got to take care of it.” – Jack O’Neill

200. “Being out there in the ocean – God’s creation – it’s like a gift he has given us to enjoy.” – Bethany Hamilton

Water quotes to ruminate on

201. “You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.” – Stan Laurel

202. “An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.” – Criss Jami

203. “Fire and water looked so lovely together. It was a pity they destroyed each other by nature.” – R. F. Kuang

204. “Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.” – Kevin R. Stone

205. If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?” – Jennifer McMahon

206. “Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives.” – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

207. “Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents.” – Paulo Coelho

208. “I love the water. Everything about it. Smelling the humidity in the air, seeing the mist rise in the morning, feeling the dew-wet grass on my bare feet.” – Lori Foster

209. “Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” – Margaret Atwood

210. “We are all bodies of water, guarding the mystery of our depths, but some of us have more to guard than others.”― Deborah Smith

Drinking water quotes

211. 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

212. “I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night.” – Benjamin Franklin

213. “In time and with water, everything changes.” – Leonardo da Vinci

214. “The world needs water. For every bottle of wine you drink you contribute to conserving the drinking water reserves.” – Paul-Emile Victor

215. “Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country.” – Bud Shuster

216. “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

217. “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

218. “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

219. “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

220. “By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.” – Aeschylus

Thought Provoking Water Quotes

221. “Water is soft to the touch, but hard enough to erode rock.” ― T.J. Burr

222. “In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent.” ― Joseph Conrad

223. “Waves that beautiful are rare. That is the thing about the water, it is not yours to control, you are at the mercy of nature.” ― Taylor Jenkins Reid

224. “She knew that she was unstable as water and variable as the summer winds.” ― W. Somerset Maugham

225. “If there’s muck in the water of your life, you probably had a hand in hauling it there. What that means is that you also have the ability to haul it out.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

226. “O wise man! Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.” ― Chanakya

227. “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

228. “Listen to the waters and you will feel the happiness within nature.” ― Anthony T. Hincks

229. “Shadows of cloud lurked in the water, like holes the sun forgot about.” ― Markus Zusak

230. “All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river.” ― Simone Schwarz-Bart

Water Quotes To Appreciate The Beauty Of Nature

231. “When a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” — Arthur Golden

232. “There is no small pleasure in pure water.” — Ovid

233. “Water is to me, I confess, a phenomenon which continually awakens new feelings of wonder as often as I view it.” — Michael Faraday

234. If you throw a pebble into the water on one side of the ocean, it can create a tidal wave on the other side.” — Victor Webster

235. “Excitement is the drunkenness of the spirits. Only calm waters reflect heaven in their bosom.” — Margaret of Valois

236. “One cannot reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.” — Lao Tzu

237. “Water is a very good servant, but it is a cruel master.” — C.G.D. Roberts

238. “Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterward in water.” — Benjamin Franklin

239. “Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.” — Christopher Morley

240. “With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth you live.” — Sylvia Earle

Water Quotes About Its Magical Powers

241. “Water is a finite resource that is essential in the advancement of agriculture, and is vital to human life.” ― Jim Costa

242. “In every drop of water, there is a story of life.” ― Leena Arif

243. “I absolutely fell in love with being on the water and the peace and freedom that you get being on the water in a single boat.” ― Oksana Masters

244. “Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you.” ― Margaret Atwood

245. “Water must be thought of in terms of the chains of life it supports.” ― Rachel Carson

246. “Our days consist of sand and water and sweat.” ― Anthony Swofford

247. “On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.”

― C. JoyBell

248. “A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” ― Laura Gilpin

249. “Water is always a support or a healing thing apart from, you know, love or peace of mind.” ― Nastassja Kinski

250. “Happiness is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis

Water Quotes To Encourage You Enroute To Your Goals 

251. “Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.” — Laozi

252. “Water becomes filthy with desire as it gains speed into a flood. It cannot move in a straight line…. There is too much craving and energy when water moves. It wants out.” ― Craig Childs

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253. “The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.” — Bruce Lee

254. “All things flow, nothing abides. You cannot step into the same river twice, for the waters are continually flowing on. Nothing is permanent except change.” — Heraclitus

255. “Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. The ocean patiently allows all things to flow into it. It is always flexible. The Tao is not about grasping, but allowing, like water.” — Wayne Dyer

256. “So let the mind flow like a river. Face life with a calm and quiet mind, and everything in life will be calm and quiet.” ― Thich Thien-An 

257. “Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow.” — C. JoyBell C

258. “He saw that the water continually flowed and flowed and yet it was always there; it was always the same and yet every moment it was new.” — Hermann Hesse

259. “Water flows because it is willing.” — Marty Rubin

260. “Be like water, Flow like a river, Crash like the rain, Fly like the cloud again!” ― Md. Ziaul Haque

Short Water Quotes To Give You Life

261. “Water finds the easiest path down a mountain.” ― Michael Lomenda

262. “Water trotted is as good as oates.” ― George Herbert

263. “In calm water every ship has a good captain.” ― Steven Grover Cleveland

264. “Water the root to enjoy the fruit.” ― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

265. “Water is the life-giver and the death-bringer.” ― Michael Scott

266. “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” ― Alan W. Watts

267. “Water is the true wealth in a dry land.” ― Wallace Stegner

268. “Water runneth smoothest where it is deepest.” ― John Lyly

269. “Water is the symbol of pure consciousness.” ― Frederick Lenz

270. “Water is the ink that writes the poetry of life.” ― Alexandra Cousteau

Water Quotes for Your Liquid Inspiration

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

272. “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.” ― Laozi

273. “High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.” ― Mark Twain

274. “If we continue on the path we’re on, there simply won’t be enough fresh water for everyone.” ― Penelope Cruz

275. “Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.” ― Ambrose Bierce

276. “Stones are hollowed out by the constant dropping of water.” ― Ovid

277. “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

278. “I have little need to remind you that water has become one of our major national concerns.” ― Ezra Taft Benson

279. “The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment.” ― Mikhail Gorbachev

280. “The wise man of Miletus thus declared the first of things is water.” ― John Stuart Blackie

Inspiring Water Quotes That Flow with Wisdom

281. “Fish marreth the water, and flesh doth dress it.” ― John Florio

282. “I was a good surfer because we grew up a block from the water, and my father took us to the ocean the way other fathers take their kids to the park.” ― Jolene Blalock

283. “It’s great to blow the image that people have of me out of the water.” ― Hugo Weaving

284. “Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.” ― Deepak Chopra

285. “I have mugs of hot water every morning because the studio is cold, and also because it makes my throat sound clearer.” ― Mika Brzezinski

286. “Environmentali sm isn’t a spectator sport. You actually have to stand up and demand that we be vigilant in protecting our air and water.” ― Lisa P. Jackson

287. “Faith is not like bottled water but like rain. Its destiny is not just to be kept and held but to make something visible grow.” ― Peter Kreeft

288. “Don’t drink fluoridated water…Fluoride is a corrosive poison which will produce harm on a long term basis.” ― Charles Bernhard Heyd

289. “The people got daily worse from the cold and the bad water, and they must all have perished if they had not discovered the port about the time they did.” ― Junipero Serra

290. “The moon is quite a show off given the chance.  The stars make a sound when they shine so bright.  Water so blue and so black.” ― Dave Matthews

Quotes Celebrating the Beauty of Water

291. “Of the four elements water is the second in weight and the second in respect of mobility. It is never at rest until it unites with the sea.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

292. “Along with rising and falling water, winter is the province of wind. When the sea-breath and mountain-roar bend the hemlocks of these hills, the birds hang on as best they can.” ― Robert Pyle

293. “Water is a pioneer which the settler follows, taking advantage of its improvements.” ― Henry David Thoreau

294. “The human spirit is nurtured by praise, as much as a seedling is nurtured by the soil, the water and the sun.” ― Mario Fernandez

295. Your self-image is as ephemeral as the play of light dancing on the surface of the water.” ― Mooji

296. “A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays.” ― Itzhak Perlman

297. “I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church to preserve all that travel by land, or water.” ― Jonathan Swift

298. “To science, not even the bark of a tree or a drop of pond water is dull or a handful of dirt banal. They all arouse awe and wonder.” ― Jane Jacobs

299. “Water is the mirror that has the ability to show us what we cannot see.” ~ Masaru Emoto

300. “Water’s water and that’s why it’s beautiful.” ― Al Berto

Water Quotes to Explore Beauty and Power

301. “Nobody drowns by falling in the water…but by staying there.” ― Shiv Khera

302. Water is the sleeping giant i”Water is the sleeping giant issue of the 21st century and we all need to wake up about it.” ― Robert Redford

303. “When I’m preparing for a swim, I imagine absolutely everything about it: the color of the water, how cold it is, the taste of salt in my mouth. I visualize each and every stroke.” ― Lewis Gordon

304. “With my sport, I am outside and in the water, which can be really drying and damaging to the skin, so I try to be vigilant about taking good care of it.” ― Amanda Beard

305. “The colour of the water seems to be the colour of the glass into which it has been poured’.” ― Idries Shah

306. “Give a bull grass, sweet water and a willing heifer and he is happy. But a man is never content. If no gadflies of worry exist he will invent them.” ― Alison Fell

307. “Bodies fall towards the earth as it is in the nature of the earth to attract bodies, just as it is in the nature of water to flow.” ― Brahmagupta

308. “Discontent is like ink poured into water, which fills the whole fountain full of blackness.” ― Owen Feltham

309. “Even in the darkness, every color can be found. And every day of rain brings water flowing to things growing in the ground.” ― Joss Whedon

310. “Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water.” ― Matsuo Basho

Water Quotes to Reflect On

311. “I try and get about eight hours of sleep every single night. And I like to think that I drink more water than anyone, ever.” ― Nate Ruess

312. “If you are looking for a whale you cannot search for a whale in a pond. You must go to deep waters.” ― Prashant Iyengar

313. “I enjoy hanging out with friends, going on hikes and playing tennis. I also enjoy Bible study and making dinners. I have a pretty mellow life away from the water.” ― Bethany Hamilton

314. “We are doubly willing to jump into the water after some one who has fallen in, if there are people present who have not the courage to do so.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

315. “One never dives into the water to save a drowning man more eagerly than when there are others present who dare not take the risk.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

316. “Public sentiment is to public officers what water is to the wheel of the mill.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

317. “We’re all born into this river without knowing how to swim,  And eventually we learn how to keep this water under our chins.” ― Eyedea

318. “Though I cannot flee from the world of corruption, I can prepare tea with water from a mountain stream and put my heart to rest.” ― Ueda Akinari

319. “Women polish the silver and water the plants and wait to be really needed.” ― Mignon McLaughlin

320. “Throughout the history of the sport, the heavyweight champion has been… a reason to talk about boxing at the water cooler.” ― Teddy Atlas

321. “If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. ― C.S. Lewis

322. “To live, a man needs food, water, and a sharp mind.” ― Louis Zamperini

323. “Offer me water in your palms and I will drink everlastingly.” ― M.F. Moonzajer

324. “Both the teardrop and the tempest are made of water, making it the most yielding and most destructive force on Earth.” ― Fiona Paul

325. “She poured us some more Scotch. It didn’t seem to affect her any more than water affects Boulder Dam.” ― Raymond Chandler

326. “In the calm, deep waters of the mind, the wolf waits.” ― F.T. McKinstry

327. “When the water is very calm and very beautiful, it won’t take a long time that a thick head will throw a stone in it!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

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  1. A Barnes

    September 6, 2021 at 7:02 PM

    This is probably one of my favourite quotes about the state of being.

    “Watch the flow of water when it crosses over an area of land and you will see that it puts out fingers, and some of them stop because they come into blind alleys.

    The water doesn’t pursue that course; it simply rises and then it finds a way it can go.

    But it never uses any effort. It only uses weight [and] gravity. It takes the line of least resistance and eventually finds a course.”

    —Alan Watts

  2. 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

  3. John Spirko

    October 19, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Roderick Haig-Brown
    Book Title: A River Never Sleeps

  4. 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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