43 water quotes: inspirational sayings about river, ocean and hydration

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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.

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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.

water fall background with da Vinci quote
“Water is the driving force in nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“If there is Magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”
Loren Eiseley

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”
Lao Tzu

“Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.”
Crystal Middlemas

'I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea.' Paulo CoelhoClick To Tweet

“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.”
Lao Tzu

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.

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“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but because of its persistence.”
Jim Watkins

“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.”
Alan Watts

'The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with' Henry David ThoreauClick To Tweet

“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.”
Morihei Ueshiba

“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.”
Drew Barrymore

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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.

ocean quote by Rumi with stormy ocean
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean, in a drop.”
Rumi

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Heraclitus

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Jon Kabat-Zan

“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.”
Khalil Gibran

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It's always ourselves we find in the sea.”
E.E. Cummings

“I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene when it is dark and moody. And in all these moods, I see myself.” Martin BuxbaumClick To Tweet

“This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can't see how deep it is.”
Dennis Rodman

“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.”
Maya Angelou

“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

Tears

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.

tears quote with blue drops in the background
“Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.”
Dionne Warwick

“Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”
Christopher Morley

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Rumi

'Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.' Leonardo da VinciClick To Tweet

“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.”
Dorothy Dix

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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:

  • cheap
  • 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.

pure water medicine quote with green leaf background
“Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine.”
Slovakian Proverb

“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.”
Kelly Barton

“You are 87% water; the other 13% keeps you from drowning.”
P. E. Morris

'Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.' W. H. AudenClick To Tweet

“With true friends…even water drunk together is sweet enough.”
Chinese Proverb

“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.”
Anton Chekhov

“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.

french proverb water
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.”
French Proverb

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
Ryunosuke Satoro

“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.”
Josef Stalin

“Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.”
Arthur Stringer, “The Silver Poppy”

'You're not a wave, you're a part of the ocean.' Mitch AlbomClick To Tweet

“It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.”
Aesop

“Far and away, the greatest threat to the ocean, and thus to ourselves, is ignorance. But we can do something about that.”
Sylvia Earle

“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.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“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.”
Henry Thoreau

“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.”
Lao Tzu

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.

get sleep eat clean drink water exercise repeat poster
Get sleep, eat clean, drink water, exercise, repeat!

How to make this keystone habit stick?

I've written a 3-step habit change that will help you stay hydrated. Check out this smart approach to increase and automate this important habit. => How to drink water more effectively 

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