No poems can please long, nor live, that are written by water drinkers.

—Horace, 35 BC

What water gives, water takes away.

—Portuguese proverb

Far water cannot quench near fire.

—Japanese proverb

I came upon no wine, / So wonderful as thirst.

—Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1923

Iron may break gold, but water remains whole.

—Ge Hong, c. 300

I drink for the thirst to come.

—François Rabelais, 1535

Water astonishing and difficult altogether makes a meadow and a stroke.

—Gertrude Stein, 1914

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.

—Ovid, c. 10

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

—Izaak Walton, 1653

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

—Toni Morrison, 1987

He knows the water best who has waded through it.

—Danish proverb

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

—Lord Byron, 1819

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain there would be no life.

—John Updike, 1989