What water gives, water takes away.

—Portuguese proverb

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

—Margaret Atwood, 2005

Every fool becomes a philosopher after ten days of rain.

—Clover Adams, 1882

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

—Horace, 35 BC

I drink for the thirst to come.

—François Rabelais, 1535

Every memory everyone has ever had will eventually be underwater.

—Anthony Doerr, 2006

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

—Italian proverb

The United States has virtually set up an empire on impounded and redistributed water.

—Charles P. Berkey, 1946

Can you draw sweet water from a foul well?

—Brooks Atkinson, 1940

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

—George Eliot, 1859

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

—Gertrude Stein, 1914

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.

—W.H. Auden, 1957

Water is the readiest means of making friends with nature.

—Ludwig Feuerbach, 1841