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

—Italian proverb

Far water cannot quench near fire.

—Japanese proverb

Can you draw sweet water from a foul well?

—Brooks Atkinson, 1940

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

—Aeschylus, 458 BC

The mill will never grind with water that is past.

—Daniel McCallum, 1870

I ride rough waters and shall sink with no one to save me.

—Virginia Woolf, 1931

Every fool becomes a philosopher after ten days of rain.

—Clover Adams, 1882

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

—French proverb

These landscapes of water and reflection have become an obsession.

—Claude Monet, 1908

Water is the first principle of everything.

—Thales of Miletus, c. 600 BC

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.

—Ovid, c. 10

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

—George Eliot, 1859

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

—John Updike, 1989