Water – The Essence of Life

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.
Margaret Atwood

Weligama, Sri Lanka


Cochin/Kochi, Kerala, South India

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.
W. H. Auden

Bencota, Sri Lanka


Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Queenstown, New Zealand

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.

Umbria, Italy

Inle Lake, Burma/Myanmar

A man of wisdom delights in water.

Rijeka, Croatia

Munich, Germany

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
Loren Eiseley

Dal Lake, Kashmir

Dominican Republic

Cascata Delle Marmore, Umbria, Italy

When you put your hand in a flowing stream,
you touch the last that has gone before and the
first of what is still to come.

Leonardo da Vinci

Sulu Sea, Philippines

And gentle winds and waters near, make music to the lonely ear.
Lord Byron

Umbria, Italy

Water is the soul of the Earth.
W. H. Auden

Sankei-en Garden, Yokohama, Japan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Niger River, Mali

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans …
– Khalil Gibran


Madrid, Spain

Water is also one of the four elements,
the most beautiful of God’s creations.
It is both wet and cold, heavy, and with a
tendency to descend,
and flows with great readiness. 

John of Damascus, Syrian monk

Cape Town, South Africa

Water is the driving force of all nature.
Leonardo da Vinci


In time and with water, everything changes.
Leonardo da Vinci


Tahiti, French Polynesia

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

– Toni Morrison


Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium.
There is no life without water.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

California, USA

Don’t you realize that the sea is the home of water?
All water is off on a journey unless it’s in the sea, and
it’s homesick, and bound to make its way home someday.

Zora Neale Hurston

Havana, Cuba


Bombay, India

Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.
Mikhail Gorbachev

Bamiyan, Afghanistan

We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.
Thomas Fuller

Suri Tribe, Tulget, Omo Valley, Ethiopia

To understand water is to understand the cosmos,
the marvels of nature, and life itself.

Masaru Emoto

Rajasthan, India

Water is being depleted many, many times faster
than nature can replenish it.

Maude Barlow




Kabul, Afghanistan

Clean water, the essence of life and a birthright for everyone,
must become available to all people now.
– Jean-Michel Cousteau

About Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, has won many of photography’s top awards.
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35 Responses to Water – The Essence of Life

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  2. Very impressive pictures. Thank you Steve.

  3. asriyananda says:

    Love your message to the world with powerful and beautiful photos and great quotes.

  4. Anchansiri Sriyananda says:

    Love all powerful and beautiful photos with great quotes. Your message to the world.

  5. Your photos are a wonderful powerful journey .. love it! Thank you …

  6. Titachon says:

    Your photos are amazing and each caption enhances the visual. Thank you for sharing them.

  7. Laura Plumb says:

    Beautiful photos, beautifully curated. We saw Icons in Ortigia – it was a holy experience. Thank you for your eye and your heart.

  8. Tammy7711 says:

    Oh my goodness! I loved this post so much!!!!! Wow! Water is truly essential to life and the world! Wonderful work and astounding pictures! I just love it so much! 😍💓🌺✨✨✨

  9. Myrna says:

    Each photo is a visual poem. Lovely. Thank you.

  10. Ajay says:

    Every drop of water has a story just like every one of your photos has a beautiful story.

  11. Mansukh Shah says:

    We remain engrossed in our little world and then Stevebhai brings the whole wide world before us
    to open up our eyes.
    Thank you Stevebhai for these outstanding images and beautiful quotes .
    “You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.” – Rumi

  12. Francisco Andrade says:

    Mr. McCurry,
    Thank you for the photos. Striking, moving and also vibrant, the Afghani child carrying water uphill. This child is a winner, I’m sure.
    Francisco Andrade

  13. When I look at these photographs I think…He was here. I look deeper then, as though I were you in the moment you took the shot. It’s such a gift to share these visions.. Thank you Steve. Thank you so very much. What A life you’ve lived. Wonderful quotes every one.

  14. Matjaz says:


    thank you. As always a great inspiration. I find out that the photo below has wrong capture – it is not Rovinj, Croatia, Yugoslavia but Kornati, Croatia.

    [image: Inline image 1]

    All the best,


    On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 10:10 PM, Steve McCurry’s Blog wrote:

    > Steve McCurry posted: “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge > your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it > will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing > in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dr” >

  15. This is beautiful! I’m always looking forward to a new blog post of yours.


  16. Anonymous says:

    Your collection is spectacular but is missing the tallest waterfalls in the world. I hope you might come right after the Maduro-Castro-Chavez dictatorship is gone.

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  18. pmdello says:

    All the photos are special, but I like the prayer flags in Tibet the most. 👌

  19. Loved the photos and the quotes … thank you!

  20. Howard Tarragon says:

    The juxtaposition of the primitive well, albeit with plastic rope overshadowed by the Buddha at Bamiyan, Afghanistan, destroyed by the Taliban with artillery shells, is a very sad tale, indeed.

  21. jose brambila says:

    Really amazing photos

  22. Anonymous says:

    Really amazing photos

  23. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Steve McCurry’s work is simply amazing! … always on the lookout for his posts!!

  24. Ed Reum says:

    Steve, your words, like your images, amaze and provoke me. Most well done!

  25. kawsar91 says:

    What a spectacular collection and theme. Thank you for sharing the beauty of the world through your pictures 😃

  26. Anni Bjerke says:

    Mr. McCurry!

    Your photography is sooooo spectacular and warm… It moves me and makes me feel things.

    I would like to strongly encourage you to try to visit Iran someday. You will be stunned. The beauty, the architecture, the people….OH, the people…… Trust me.

    It’s hard to get a visa, but worth it!! And it’s so safe there. It really is.

    Anni Bjerke Eau Claire, Wisconsin


  27. Such great photos.. Steve is the best.

  28. Sao fotos tao lindas, que fiquei sem folego!!! Maravilhosas!!! Te amo Stevem.

  29. Anonymous says:

    Sao fotos tao lindas, que fiquei sem folego!!! Maravilhosas!!! Te amo Stevem.

  30. Woody Stover says:

    Steve McCurry will be recognized as the preeminent photographer of the early 21st century. Absolutely gifted. There has to be 50 of his photographs that you would be proud to have in your home.

  31. Steve, aside from your awesome images, the quotes invoke an inner sense of yearning. Those of us who have clean water must give thanksgiving for this blessing.

  32. paula graham says:

    Every shot a winner with depth and substance too.

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