A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.

—Ethiopian proverb

There’s folks ’ud hold a sieve under the pump and expect to carry away the water.

—George Eliot, 1859

Too often, where we need water we find guns.

—Ban Ki-moon, 2008

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

—Horace, 35 BC

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

—Aeschylus, 458 BC

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.

—Ovid, c. 10

I drink for the thirst to come.

—François Rabelais, 1535

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

—Plautus, c. 193 BC

Every memory everyone has ever had will eventually be underwater.

—Anthony Doerr, 2006

He knows the water best who has waded through it.

—Danish proverb

Greeting cards routinely tell us everybody deserves love. No. Everybody deserves clean water.

—Zadie Smith, 2000

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

—Lord Byron, 1819

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

—Margaret Atwood, 2005