Also called “blue gold”, water is the most valuable and important commodity we have on earth. It is the foundation of all life and health. That's why I've curated a collection of 43 water quotes and proverbs for you. Some of these though-provoking sayings will challenge you and your actual habits. They can also motivate you to stay hydrated and to protect this important source of human survival.
Foundation of life
Even without deeper knowledge of microbiology, it is this power and energy that has always fascinated people about “Adam's ale”. Greek philosophers already declared this precious liquid to one of the primal elements of this planet. They recognized both the benefits that could be derived from it and also the danger.
It is one of the most amazing and absolutely indispensable substances we all know. All life on earth depends on it. Most creatures consist of their largest part of it.
“If there is Magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”
“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.”
“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.”
Consistency and persistence
For some people, life should be a party full of joy. Some of us understand life as an opponent. But perhaps it's best if we see it as a river. If we do it in this way, our lives will flow.
Water is yielding but conquers everything. It extinguishes the fire, if it gets too hot, it escapes as vapor and forms itself new. It flushes away mellow ground. If it encounters a rock, it searches a way to go round.
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”
A. A. Milne
“You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.”
“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also, learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.”
“I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows.”
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Aspects of existence
The following thought-provoking quotes from the ancient world until today mirror the different aspects of our moods, actions, and life in general.
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.”
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always ourselves we find in the sea.”
“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can't see how deep it is.”
“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”
“Surrender to the flow of the River of Life, yet do not float down the river like a leaf or a log. While neither attempting to resist life nor to hurry it, become the rudder and use your energy to correct your course to avoid the whirlpools and undertow.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Most of us know, that tears are not only responsible for eye cleansing but also very important for our mental health. In the same way, as they wash away an unpleasant situation, tears often have a liberating and tension-relieving effect when strong emotions occur.
“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”
“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
“There isn't a single human being who hasn't plenty to cry over, and the trick is to make the laughs outweigh the tears.”
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Important for vitality and health
It is not only the most important component of healthy life on a large scale, but it is also the most important component on a small scale.
As hygiene is essential to prevent illnesses, it also indirectly maintains our health. In addition, Kneipp cures can be used to cure illnesses, swimming to relieve pain and sauna and steam baths to prevent colds.
Above all, the human body consists of 70 percent of H2O. Over the course of their lives, people will drink around 55,000 liters of water. Those who dehydrate their bodies risk muscle cramps, vomiting, circulatory disorders, and dizziness. In spite of this, we have unlearned to drink it. At the same time, this liquid offers so many advantages. It is:
- always and everywhere available
- fills the stomach without calories
- protects the teeth
- supports the digestive system
- really quenches thirst
There exists no single argument against “Adam's ale”. Let the following quotes inspire you to work on proper daily hydration.
“Water is the only drink for a wise man.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Water is the most neglected nutrient in your diet but one of the most vital.”
“You are 87% water; the other 13% keeps you from drowning.”
P. E. Morris
“With true friends…even water drunk together is sweet enough.”
“When you're thirsty and it seems that you could drink the entire ocean that's faith; when you start to drink and finish only a glass or two that's science.”
“Drinking water is like washing out your insides. The water will cleanse the system, fill you up, decrease your caloric load and improve the function of all your tissues.”
Kevin R. Stone
“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.”
Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine, April 2003
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Impact of private households, agriculture, and industry
The World Health Organization assumes a minimum daily water requirement of twenty liters per inhabitant. However, direct consumption in the western industrial states is already many times higher at 120 to 400 liters per person per day. Nevertheless, private consumption on a global scale accounts for only about five percent of total consumption and plays a minor role in the scarcity of this crucial resource.
The lion's share (75 percent) is accounted for by agriculture. Apart from cultivation in the fields, meat production is here a major factor. On average, 16,000 liters of fresh water are required to produce one kilo of meat.
Industry accounts for an additional 20 percent of total consumption. Therefore a general paradigm shift towards conservation of resources is already taking place in many parts of the world. This will continue to become increasingly important in the future.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
“If you go with the flow you'll eventually end up over the waterfall.”
Adam R. Gwizdala
“Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron.”
“Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.”
Arthur Stringer, “The Silver Poppy”
“It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.”
“Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.”
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
“When I sit here by the sea and listen to the sound of waves, I feel free from all obligations and people of this world.”
“The highest goodness is like water. Water benefits all things and does not compete. It stays in the lowly places which others despise. Therefore, it is near the Eternal.”
A keystone habit
If until now you are mainly drinking soda, juices or ice tea, then the first crucial step is to optimize your hydration. It is a keystone habit you can start immediately. Just grab yourself a big glass of water. And if you need a little psychological boost, then a positive affirmation might do wonders. You can instantly download the poster below from my Etsy shop, print it and hang it on a visible place.
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