All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.

—Toni Morrison, 1987

Every fool becomes a philosopher after ten days of rain.

—Clover Adams, 1882

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

—W.H. Auden, 1957

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

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, 1939

Spit not in the well; you may have to drink its water.

—French proverb

I drink for the thirst to come.

—François Rabelais, 1535

Iron may break gold, but water remains whole.

—Ge Hong, c. 300

The waters are nature’s storehouse, in which she locks up her wonders.

—Izaak Walton, 1653

Too often, where we need water we find guns.

—Ban Ki-moon, 2008

Far water cannot quench near fire.

—Japanese proverb

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.

—Ovid, c. 10

There’s plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.

—Sylvia Alice Earle, 1995

If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.

—Margaret Atwood, 2005