200 Amazing Water Quotes Honoring the Flow of Life
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200 Amazing Water Quotes Honoring the Flow of Life

Water is the lifeblood of our planet and can also be a metaphor. Water is vital for all forms of life. Although it provides no calories or organic nutrients, water plays a vital role in our world. It is the centrepiece of all life.

Water is a teacher, a healer, a mirror. If you look closely enough, you’ll see yourself in these water quotes. You’ll see the turbulence in the world, the calm in your soul, the river of life moving through you.

In honour of World Water Day, we thought we should share a few quotes to remind ourselves just how lucky we are to live in a country with an abundance of water. These are 200 of my favourite quotes about water. I am sure you have a few favourites of your own. Please feel free to share them in the comments section.

Here are 200 Quotes About Water.

Top 10 Water Quotes

“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

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

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

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

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.” – Ban Ki-moon

“The earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. So we have to handover to them at least as it was handed over to us.” – Gandhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Water is the only drink for a wise man.” – Henry David

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

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

“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

“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

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

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

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

“Water is the best of all things.” – Pindar

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

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

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

“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

“Water is my drink.” – Stephen Curry

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

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

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

“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.” – Lau Tzu

“Water is colourless like life.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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

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

“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 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

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

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

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

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

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

“Water sustains all.” – Thales of Miletus

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

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

Short Water Quotes

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

“All water is holy water.” – Rajiv Joseph

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

“Clean water is inestimably precious to waste!” – Mohith Agadi

“Every drop in the ocean counts.” – Yoko Ono

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

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

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

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” – Kahlil Gibran

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

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

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

“Life depends on water, but the reservoir depends on you.”

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

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

“Run wild and free like a waterfall” – Anamika Mishra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funny Water Quotes

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

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

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

“Human nature is like waterc. It takes the shape of its container.” – Wallace Stevens

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

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

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

“Jellyfish are 97% water or something, so how much are they doing? Just give them another 3% and make them water. It’s more useful.” – Karl Pilkington

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

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

“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.”

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

“Society is like a large piece of frozen water; and skating well is the great art of social life.” – Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

Inspirational Water Quotes

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

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

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

“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

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

Save Water Quotes

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“A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.”

“Water Smarter!”

“Save water, and it will save you.”

“It takes a lot of blue to stay green.”

“Conserve water, conserve life.”

“Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink.”

“You never know the worth of water until the well runs dry.”

“How many drops make up an ocean? Conserve water; every drop counts.”

“If we don’t learn to conserve, we’ll all be fish out of water.”

“Don’t let life slip down the drain.”

“Don’t flush our planet’s most valuable resource.”

Drinking Water Quotes

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“When you’re thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that’s faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that’s science.” – Anton Chekhov

“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

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

“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

“Drink more water. Your skin, your hair, your mind and body will thank you.”

“Eat whole, drink water, stay active and be healthy.”

“For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.” – WebMD

“You are not hungry, you are bored. Drink some water and learn the difference.”

“Right now, huge numbers of people cannot obtain even drinking water, and the situation is likely to become worse with predicted climate change and failure to take the actions that are necessary.” – Noam Chomsky

“A rule for healthier living? Less soda, more water.”

“Drinking water to quench thirst instead of sugar-sweetened beverages is important for weight control, and overall health.” – Margaret Cuomo

“If you drink enough water in the morning, you will feel happier, sharper, and more energetic throughout the day.”

“At the moment there are 1 in 8 people who have no access to clear drinking water, about a billion people worldwide, which can make you feel quite overwhelmed.” – Cate Blanchett

“Drink water, stay hydrated, eat clean, exercise your brain and body, get rid of toxicity, and get shit done. That’s how you’ll win.”

“Drinking cold water will help you lose weight naturally and speed up your metabolism.”

“Poetry is a plan for a slit in the face of a bronze fountain goat and the path of fresh drinking water.” – Carl Sandburg

“We must acquaint the youth to the realities of the world… we must tell them that millions of people around the world have no access to drinking water.” – Shirin Ebadi

“I know a good woman who thinks that her son lost his life because he took to drinking water only.” – Henry David Thoreau

“By means of water, we give life to everything.” – Koran, 21:30

“Let them drink alcohol and party, you drink water, stay hydrated and get your mindset right.”

“I watched the piles of feces go up the conveyor belt… They made their way through the machine… A few minutes later I took a long taste of the end result: a glass of delicious drinking water.” – Bill Gates

“I never used to drink water. I am drinking six litres of water every day now. That’s the key.” – Warren Cuccurullo

“My secret is one the world needs to know – nearly a billion people a year die from unsafe drinking water.” – Bella Thorne

“There’s over a billion people on this planet that don’t have access to clean drinking water.” – Michael Moore

“Drinking water is like taking a shower on the inside of your body.”

“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

“Something is very, very wrong when people don’t have access to drinking water, and Coke creates its market out of that scarcity.” – Vandana Shiva

“Water is the most important resource for humans.”

“If in thirst you drink water from a cup, you see God in it. Those who are not in love with god will see only their own faces in it.” – Rumi

“Get sleep, eat clean, drink water, exercise, repeat.”

“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

“Did you know that dehydration has been linked to poor mood and fatigue? Drink Up!”

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

“The true practice to meditation is to sit as if you where drinking water when you are thirsty.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“I try to start drinking water as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning.” – Mary Kay Andrews

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

“Those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again.” – John 4:14

“Drink an enormous amount of water. Every cell of your body, which is mostly water, would benefit because the energy transmission of your body is affected. The more water you drink, the more easily the energy flows!” – Abraham Hicks

“Water is the best natural remedy. Drink your way to better health.”

“We shall not defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking water, sanitation, and basic health care.” – Kofi Annan

“Drink water, eat fruit, get money and mind ya business.”

“Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesnt make a corporation a terrorist.” – Winona LaDuke

“My mom always told me drinking water was the most important skin care tip. I also think the less you do to your skin the better. I’m a fan of simple and natural products.” – Hailey Rhode Baldwin

“Drink a lot of water. Dehydration can get ugly.”

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

“Sometimes I drink water to surprise my liver.”

“I always have water, tons of water. It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water, and I want to stay hydrated.” – Selena Gomez

“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” – Mark Twain

“The obvious issue is providing clean drinking water and sanitation to every single human being on earth at the cost of little more than one year of the Kyoto treaty.” – Bjorn Lomborg

“Water is a cure-all. Water is everything. You can’t get better without drinking lots of water, and you can’t drink water unless it’s clean.” – Josh Fox

“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

“Don’t forget to drink water and get some sun. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions.”

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

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

“Make water your primary drink instead of Soda, Juice. Choose pure water throughout your day.”

“The way we guarantee safe drinking water is broken and needs to be fixed.” – Carol Browner

“Bless the water you drink and it will light up the cells of your body.” – Diana Cooper

“Wanna lose 1200 Calories a month? Drink a liter of ice water a day. You burn the energy just raising the water to body temp.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Over and over, we have to go back to the beginning. We should not be ashamed of this. It is good. It’s like drinking water.” – Natalie Goldberg

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

“After a natural disaster, safe drinking water is a priority. Humans can live longer without food than water, so communication about clean water is essential to help avoid the risk of cholera, dysentery, malnutrition, famine, and death.” – Tae Yoo

“To me, working out is literally like eating a meal or drinking water or breathing.” – Hilary Swank

“When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.”

“Every 17 seconds a child dies on this planet from no clean drinking water. Good. Let’s try to speed it up… there are too many people.” – Doug Stanhope

“It’s really weird how your life changes. Tonight I’m drinking water. Four years ago? Opium. Night and day, you know?” – Bill Hicks

Flowing Water Quotes

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

“Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.” – Orison Swett Marden

“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

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

“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

“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

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

“A lake is a 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

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

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

“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

“There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” – Virginia Alison

Calm Water Quotes

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“Banking is a very treacherous business because you don’t realize it is risky until it is too late. It is like calm waters that deliver huge storms” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen

“None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives” – Jane Austen

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

“If I gaze at my beloved she may feel embarrassed and if I do not, she will feel neglected. I can see the stars reflecting in the calm water of her face but if I look away I lose my clarity” – Rumi

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

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

“The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire” – Pamela Hansford Johnson

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

“I’ve always had a duck personality. Calm above water, feet going crazy below.” – K. Flay

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

“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” – Zora Neale Hurston

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

“It is therefore essential to let the ‘heart spirit’ settle like calm water. Then it becomes a tranquil lake in which the sky is reflected, in which the face of Christ can be seen” – Olivier Clement

Be Like Water Quotes

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

“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.” – Drew Barrymore

“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

“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

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

Originally published June 7, 2021, updated June 14, 2021

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