Quotes about water

A collection of quotes on the topic of alcohol, coffee, water, likeness.

Best quotes about water

Andrzej Majewski photo

„A woman withers when she is watered only with tears.“

—  Andrzej Majewski Polish writer and photographer 1966

Aphorisms. Magnum in Parvo (2000)

Isaac Newton photo

„What we know is a drop, what we don't know is an ocean.“

—  Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727

Charles Bukowski photo

„people run from rain but
sit
in bathtubs full of
water.“

—  Charles Bukowski American writer 1920 - 1994

Source: The Roominghouse Madrigals: Early Selected Poems, 1946-1966

Jordan Peterson photo

„If they're on fire and you have water, then you can sell it to them.“

—  Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962

Personality Lectures

Rumi photo

„Silence
is an ocean. Speech is a river.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

"The Three Fish" Ch. 18 : The Three Fish, p. 196
Variant translations or adaptations:
Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.
As quoted in Teachers of Wisdom (2010) by Igor Kononenko, p. 134
Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. Silence is the language of God, all else is poor translation.
As quoted in "Rumi’s wisdom" (2 October 2015) http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2015/10/02/character-of-the-week-rumi/, by Paulo Coelho
The Essential Rumi (1995)
Context: Silence
is an ocean. Speech is a river.When the ocean is searching for you, don't walk
into the language-river. Listen to the ocean,
and bring your talky business to an end Traditional words are just babbling
in that presence, and babbling is a substitute
for sight.

Rabindranath Tagore photo
Ovid photo
Mark Twain photo

„My books are water; those of the great geniuses is wine. Everybody drinks water.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Source: Notebook

Lucretius photo

„The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.“

—  Lucretius Roman poet and philosopher -94 - -55 BC

Laozi photo

„Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.“

—  Laozi semi-legendary Chinese figure, attributed to the 6th century, regarded as the author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of… -604

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Pablo Neruda photo
David Lynch photo

„Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.“

—  David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946

Introduction, p. 1
Catching the Big Fish (2006)
Source: Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Context: Ideas are like fish.
If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you've got to go deeper.
Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They're huge and abstract. And they're very beautiful.

David Attenborough photo
Thich Nhat Hanh photo
Erwin Rommel photo
Jacques-Yves Cousteau photo

„Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans.“

—  Jacques-Yves Cousteau French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher 1910 - 1997

Bruce Lee photo
Egon Schiele photo
Yoko Ono photo

„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 Japanese artist, author, and peace activist 1933

Variant: We're all water from different rivers,
That's why it's so easy to meet,
We're all water in this vast, vast ocean,
Someday we'll evaporate together.

Yoko Ono photo
Martin Brundle photo
Harry Styles photo

„Brooklyn saw me, empty at the news
There's no water inside this swimming pool
Almost over, had enough from you
And I've been praying, I never did before
Understand I'm talking to the walls
I've been praying ever since New York“

—  Harry Styles English singer, songwriter, and actor 1994

"Ever Since New York", written by Harry Styles, Mitch Rowland, Jeff Bhasker, Ryan Nasci, Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson
Lyrics, Harry Styles (2017)

Nikola Tesla photo
Leonardo Da Vinci photo

„The water you touch in a river is the last of that which has passed, and the first of that which is coming. Thus it is with time present.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (1883), XIX Philosophical Maxims. Morals. Polemics and Speculations.
Variant: 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.
Source: Leonardo's Notebooks

Karen Blixen photo

„I know of a cure for everything: salt water… in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.“

—  Karen Blixen Danish writer 1885 - 1962

As quoted in Reader's Digest (April 1964)
Variant: I know a cure for everything. Salt water … in one form or another, sweat, tears or the salt sea.
Variant: The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.

John Keats photo
Marcus Aurelius photo
Marva Collins photo
Mark Nepo photo

„…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” (p.275)“

—  Mark Nepo American writer 1951

Source: Facing the Lion, Being the Lion: Finding Inner Courage Where It Lives

George Carlin photo

„Ever wonder about those people who spend $2 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backward.“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Source: George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Recent Grammy Winners Braindroppings and Napalm & Silly Putty

Tamora Pierce photo
Moby photo

„Say what you mean and mean what you say,
before the wall of water washes you away…“

—  Moby Activist, American musician, DJ and photographer 1965

Source: Píseň "Welcome To Hard Times"

Paracelsus photo

„All is interrelated. Heaven and earth, air and water. All are but one thing; not four, not two and not three, but one. Where they are not together, there is only an incomplete piece.“

—  Paracelsus Swiss physician and alchemist 1493 - 1541

Paracelsus - Collected Writings Vol. I (1926) edited by Bernhard Aschner, p. 110

Paulo Coelho photo
Leonard Bernstein photo

„The Rhapsody is not a composition at all. It's a string of separate paragraphs stuck together — with a thin paste of flour and water… I don’t think there has been such an inspired melodist on this earth since Tchaikovsky… but if you want to speak of a composer, that's another matter.“

—  Leonard Bernstein American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist 1918 - 1990

Of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
"Why Don't You Run Upstairs and Write a Nice Gershwin Tune?", in The Atlantic Monthly, April 1955.

John Green photo

„I’m a good person but a shitty writer. You’re a shitty person but a good writer. We’d make a good team. I don’t want to ask you any favors, but if you have time – and from what I saw, you have plenty – I was wondering if you could write a eulogy for Hazel. I’ve got notes and everything, but if you could just make it into a coherent whole or whatever? Or even just tell me what I should say differently. Here’s the thing about Hazel: Almost everyone is obsessed with leaving a mark upon the world. Bequeathing a legacy. Outlasting death. We all want to be remembered. I do, too. That’s what bothers me most, is being another unremembered casualty in the ancient and inglorious war against disease. I want to leave a mark. But Van Houten: The marks humans leave are too often scars. You build a hideous minimall or start a coup or try to become a rock star and you think, “They’ll remember me now,” but (a) they don’t remember you, and (b) all you leave behind are more scars. Your coup becomes a dictatorship. Your minimall becomes a lesion. (Okay, maybe I’m not such a shitty writer. But I can’t pull my ideas together, Van Houten. My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations.) We are like a bunch of dogs squirting on fire hydrants. We poison the groundwater with our toxic piss, marking everything MINE in a ridiculous attempt to survive our deaths. I can’t stop pissing on fire hydrants. I know it’s silly and useless – epically useless in my current state – but I am an animal like any other. Hazel is different. She walks lightly, old man. She walks lightly upon the earth. Hazel knows the truth: We’re as likely to hurt the universe as we are to help it, and we’re not likely to do either. People will say it’s sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it’s not sad, Van Houten. It’s triumphant. It’s heroic. Isn’t that the real heroism? Like the doctors say: First, do no harm. The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention. The guy who invented the smallpox vaccine didn’t actually invent anything. He just noticed that people with cowpox didn’t get smallpox. After my PET scan lit up, I snuck into the ICU and saw her while she was unconscious. I just walked in behind a nurse with a badge and I got to sit next to her for like ten minutes before I got caught. I really thought she was going to die, too. It was brutal: the incessant mechanized haranguing of intensive care. She had this dark cancer water dripping out of her chest. Eyes closed. Intubated. But her hand was still her hand, still warm and the nails painted this almost black dark almost blue color, and I just held her hand and tried to imagine the world without us and for about one second I was a good enough person to hope she died so she would never know that I was going, too. But then I wanted more time so we could fall in love. I got my wish, I suppose. I left my scar. A nurse guy came in and told me I had to leave, that visitors weren’t allowed, and I asked if she was doing okay, and the guy said, “She’s still taking on water.”“

—  John Green, book The Fault in Our Stars

A desert blessing, an ocean curse. What else? She is so beautiful. You don’t get tired of looking at her. You never worry if she is smarter than you: You know she is. She is funny without ever being mean. I love her. I am so lucky to love her, Van Houten. You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. I hope she likes hers."
Augustus "Gus" Waters, p. 310-313
The Fault in Our Stars (2012)

Marcus Aurelius photo

„A man standing by a spring of clear, sweet water and cursing it. While the fresh water keeps on bubbling up. He can shovel mud into it, or dung, and the stream will carry it away, wash itself clean, remain unstained.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Hays translation
Suppose that men kill thee, cut thee in pieces, curse thee. What then can these things do to prevent thy mind from remaining pure, wise, sober, just? For instance, if a man should stand by a limpid pure spring, and curse it, the spring never ceases sending up potable water; and if he should cast clay into it or filth, it will speedily disperse them and wash them out, and will not be at all polluted. How then shalt thou possess a perpetual fountain? By forming thyself hourly to freedom conjoined with contentment, simplicity and modesty.
VIII, 51
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book VIII

Wangari Maathai photo

„Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking.“

—  Wangari Maathai Kenyan environmental and political activist 1940 - 2011

Speech at Goldman Awards, San Francisco (24 April 2006)

Kurt Cobain photo

„Polly wants a cracker
Think I should get off her first
Think she wants some water
To put out the blow torch.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)

Claude Monet photo

„I have gone back to some things that can't possibly be done: water, with weeds waving at the bottom. It is a wonderful sight, but it drives one to crazy to try to paint it. But that is the kind of thing I am always a tackling.“

—  Claude Monet French impressionist painter 1840 - 1926

Quote in Monet's letter to art-critic and his friend Gustave Geffroy, 22 June 1890; as cited in Letters of the great artists – from Blake to Pollock, Richard Friedenthal, Thames and Hudson, London, 1963, p. 129
1890 - 1900

Taras Shevchenko photo
Lahiri Mahasaya photo

„Exchange unprofitable religious speculations for actual God-contact. Clear your mind of dogmatic theological debris; let in the fresh, healing waters of direct perception.“

—  Lahiri Mahasaya Indian yogi and guru 1828 - 1895

Source: Autobiography of a Yogi (1946), Ch. 35 : The Christlike Life of Lahiri Mahasaya
Context: Solve all your problems through meditation. Exchange unprofitable religious speculations for actual God-contact. Clear your mind of dogmatic theological debris; let in the fresh, healing waters of direct perception. Attune yourself to the active inner Guidance; the Divine Voice has the answer to every dilemma of life. Though man's ingenuity for getting himself into trouble appears to be endless, the Infinite Succor is no less resourceful.

Steve Jobs photo

„Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011

A comment he made in persuading John Sculley to become Apple's CEO, as quoted in Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple: A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future (1987) by John Sculley and John A. Byrne
1980s

Julio Cortázar photo
Sylvia Plath photo
Pablo Neruda photo
William Blake photo

„The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.“

—  William Blake, book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

A Memorable Fancy
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790–1793)

Sylvia Plath photo
Douglas Adams photo

„What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
"Ask a glass of water!“

—  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pentalogy

Variant: It's unpleasantly like being drunk."
"What's so unpleasant about being drunk?"
"You ask a glass of water.
Source: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Franz Kafka photo
David Foster Wallace photo
Elizabeth Gilbert photo
Walt Whitman photo
Khaled Hosseini photo
Tove Jansson photo
Chris Kuzneski photo
Sarah Waters photo
Cassandra Clare photo

„Water, we go to you dirty and rise from you clean.“

—  P. C. Cast, book Untamed

Source: Untamed

Anne Rice photo
Emily Brontë photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Another quote often attributed to her without an original source in her writings, as in The Wit and Wisdom of Eleanor Roosevelt (1996), p. 199. But once again archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
A very similar remark was attributed to Nancy Reagan, in The Observer (29 March 1981): "A woman is like a teabag — only in hot water do you realize how strong she is."
Variants:
A woman is like a teabag. You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag, you can not tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
A woman is like a tea bag; you can't tell how strong she is and how much to trust her until you put her in hot water.
Disputed

Shannon Hale photo
Thich Nhat Hanh photo

„The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Touching Peace (1992), p. 1. Parallax Press ISBN 0-938077-57-0
Variant: The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.
Source: Touching Peace: Practicing the Art of Mindful Living

Patricia A. McKillip photo
Tom Stoppard photo
W.C. Fields photo
Richard Baxter photo

„Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.“

—  Richard Baxter English Puritan church leader, poet, and hymn-writer 1615 - 1691

Source: The Reformed Pastor

James Frey photo
Juliet Marillier photo
Stephen King photo
Toni Morrison photo
Muhammad Ali photo

„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 African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Source: Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times

Joseph Campbell photo

„The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.“

—  Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987

Source: Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

Haruki Murakami photo
Margaret Atwood photo
Eric Clapton photo
Margaret Atwood photo
Annie Dillard photo
Babur photo
Muhammad photo
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh photo

„Is it made with Liffey water?“

—  Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh member of the British Royal Family, consort to Queen Elizabeth II 1921

Said about a pint Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, as quoted in "‘Is it made with Liffey water?’ Philip enquires of Guinness" in Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/is-it-made-with-liffey-water-philip-enquires-of-guinness-26733840.html (18 May 2011)

Jane Goodall photo
Thales photo

„Water is the first principle of everything.“

—  Thales ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician -624 - -547 BC

As quoted in Aristotle, Metaphysics, 983b

Richard Serra photo

„Most of what you see in architecture are watered-down ideas of sculptors who have come before.“

—  Richard Serra American sculptor 1939

Charlie Rose interview (2001)

Ali Sistani photo

„People are not finding potable water and you're bringing me juice? No.“

—  Ali Sistani Iranian-Iraqi Muslim scholar 1930

What Sistani Wants http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6920460/site/newsweek/page/3/ February 2006.
Asceticism

Paul McCartney photo
Bawa Muhaiyaddeen photo
Conrad Aiken photo

„Lovers walk in the noontime by that fountain.
Pigeons dip their beaks to drink from the water.
And soon the pond must freeze.“

—  Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet 1889 - 1973

The House of Dust (1916 - 1917)

Albert Szent-Györgyi photo

„Life is water, dancing to the tune of macro molecules.“

—  Albert Szent-Györgyi Hungarian biochemist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 1893 - 1986

Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh Views From the Water's Edge, Gerald Pollack, 01/30/2008, University of Washington TV, February 5, 2011 http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=22222,.

John Trudell photo
Kazuo Ishiguro photo
Stephen Clarke photo
Erik Satie photo

„I eat only white foods: eggs, sugar, grated bones, the fat of dead animals; veal, salt, coconut, chicken cooked in white water; fruit mold, rice, turnips; camphorated sausage, dough, cheese (white), cotton salad, and certain fish (skinless).“

—  Erik Satie French composer and pianist 1866 - 1925

Quoted by Rollo H. Myers (1968). Erik Satie, p.135. New York: Dover.
See also Socrate for the context of this quote.
General quotes

Peter Higgs photo
Italo Calvino photo

„And in that moment we all thought of the space that her round arms would occupy moving backward and forward with the rolling pin over the dough, her bosom leaning over the great mound of flour and eggs, […] and we thought of the space the flour would occupy, and the wheat for the flour, and the fields to raise the wheat, and the mountains from which the water would flow to irrigate the fields; […] of the space it would take for the Sun to arrive with its rays, to ripen the wheat; of the space for the Sun to condense from the clouds of stellar gases and burn; of the quantities of stars and galaxies and galactic masses in flight through space which would be needed to hold suspended every galaxy, every nebula, every sun, every planet, and at the same time we thought of it, this space was inevitably being formed, at the same time that Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0 was uttering those words: "… ah, what noodles, boys!" the point that contained her and all of us was expanding in a halo of distance in light-years and light-centuries and billions of light-millennia, and we were being hurled to the four corners of the universe, […] and she, dissolved into I don't know what kind of energy-light-heat, she, Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0, she who in the midst of our closed, petty world had been capable of a generous impulse, "Boys, the noodles I would make for you!," a true outburst of general love, initiating at the same moment the concept of space and, properly speaking, space itself, and time, and universal gravitation, and the gravitating universe, making possible billions and billions of suns, and of planets, and fields of wheat, and Mrs. Ph(i)Nk0s, scattered through the continents of the planets, kneading with floury, oil-shiny, generous arms, and she lost at that very moment, and we, mourning her loss.“

—  Italo Calvino, book Cosmicomics

Pages 46-47, "All at One Point".
Cosmicomics (1965)

Edie Brickell photo

„Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep.“

—  Edie Brickell singer from the United States 1966

"What I Am"; the earliest references to this clearly indicate "choke" is the word used in the song; since then "chuck me" and "shove me" have sometimes appeared in internet renditions of the lyrics.
Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988)

Socrates photo
George Carlin photo

„And now, ladies and gentlemen, that we've enjoyed some good times this evening, and enjoyed some laughter together, I feel it is my obligation to remind you of some of the negative, depressing, dangerous, life-threatening things that life is really all about; things you have not been thinking about tonight, but which will be waiting for you as soon as you leave the theater or as soon as you turn off your television sets. Anal rape, quicksand, body lice, evil spirits, gridlock, acid rain, continental drift, labor violence, flash floods, rabies, torture, bad luck, calcium deficiency, falling rocks, cattle stampedes, bank failure, evil neighbors, killer bees, organ rejection, lynching, toxic waste, unstable dynamite, religious fanatics, prickly heat, price fixing, moral decay, hotel fires, loss of face, stink bombs, bubonic plague, neo-Nazis, friction, cereal weevils, failure of will, chain reaction, soil erosion, mail fraud, dry rot, voodoo curse, broken glass, snake bite, parasites, white slavery, public ridicule, faithless friends, random violence, breach of contract, family scandals, charlatans, transverse myelitis, structural defects, race riots, sunspots, rogue elephants, wax buildup, killer frost, jealous coworkers, root canals, metal fatigue, corporal punishment, sneak attacks, peer pressure, vigilantes, birth defects, false advertising, ungrateful children, financial ruin, mildew, loss of privileges, bad drugs, ill-fitting shoes, widespread chaos, Lou Gehrig's disease, stray bullets, runaway trains, chemical spills, locusts, airline food, shipwrecks, prowlers, bathtub accidents, faulty merchandise, terrorism, discrimination, wrongful cremation, carbon deposits, beef tapeworm, taxation without representation, escaped maniacs, sunburn, abandonment, threatening letters, entropy, nine-mile fever, poor workmanship, absentee landlords, solitary confinement, depletion of the ozone layer, unworthiness, intestinal bleeding, defrocked priests, loss of equilibrium, disgruntled employees, global warming, card sharks, poisoned meat, nuclear accidents, broken promises, contamination of the water supply, obscene phone calls, nuclear winter, wayward girls, mutual assured destruction, rampaging moose, the greenhouse effect, cluster headaches, social isolation, Dutch elm disease, the contraction of the universe, paper cuts, eternal damnation, the wrath of God, and PARANOIAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!“

—  George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008

Playing With Your Head (1986)

Kanye West photo

„I hate when I'm on a flight and I wake up with a water bottle next to me like oh great now I gotta be responsible for this water bottle“

—  Kanye West American rapper, singer and songwriter 1977

Tweet http://twitter.com/#!/kanyewest/status/27590685489

Annette Kellerman photo
Viktor Schauberger photo
Suman Pokhrel photo

„If they (children) smash, the flower vase assumes a smile
while turning into pieces.
For a chance to be spilled by their hands,
anything they hold gets spilled itself full of happiness.
For a chance to play with them,
water forgets about its own colourlessness.“

—  Suman Pokhrel Nepali poet, lyricist, playwright, translator and artist 1967

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From Poetry

Leonard Nimoy photo

„I believe in goodness
Mercy and charity
I believe in a universal spirit
I believe in casting bread
Upon the waters“

—  Leonard Nimoy American actor, film director, poet, musician and photographer 1931 - 2015

A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life

Nanak photo
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