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