Iron may break gold, but water remains whole.

—Ge Hong, c. 300

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.

—Ovid, c. 10

Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor; canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1939

What water gives, water takes away.

—Portuguese proverb

He who would have clear water should go to the fountainhead.

—Italian proverb

Too often, where we need water we find guns.

—Ban Ki-moon, 2008

These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession.

—Claude Monet, 1908

He knows the water best who has waded through it.

—Danish proverb

It is wretched business to be digging a well just as you’re dying of thirst.

—Plautus, c. 193 BC

Till taught by pain, / Men really know not what good water’s worth.

—Lord Byron, 1819

Best is water.

—Pindar, 476 BC

Far water cannot quench near fire.

—Japanese proverb

If you stain clear water with filth, you will never find a drink.

—Aeschylus, 458 BC