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Quotations about Drinking Water



Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicine. ~Slovakian proverb


I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man... ~Henry David Thoreau


But I do see the good side of water now. How good it is when you're really thirsty, how it glitters and gurgles! How alive it is! ~G.K. Chesterton, The Flying Inn, 1914


We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. ~Proverb


Water, no, come on. A warrior's thirst can only be quenched with victory. ~Greg Gallant, Son of Zorn, "A Tale of Two Zorns" [S1, E6, 2016, Zorn]


Clouds put tea in your teacup, and soup in the pot.... If there is a cloud on your horizon, don't go and gloom up like a raindrop and splash tears of regret. Rather, give with the Hallelujah Chorus, and thank God your groceries for tomorrow are floating in the sky of today. ~John Martin Scott, "Vagabonds of the Sky…The Aquarians," Arizona Highways, August 1972, arizonahighways.com


What makes the desert beautiful... is that somewhere it hides a well… ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


Filthy water cannot be washed. ~African proverb


The more simply Life is supported, and the less Stimulus we use, the better — and Happy are the Young and Healthy who are wise enough to be convinced that Water is the best drink, and Salt the best sauce. ~William Kitchiner (1775–1827), "Wine," The Art of Invigorating and Prolonging Life, by Food, Clothes, Air, Exercise, Wine, Sleep, &c. and Peptic Precepts, Pointing Out Agreeable and Effectual Methods to Prevent and Relieve Indigestion, and to Regulate and Strengthen the Action of the Stomach and Bowels, c.1821


Upon my soul, this water tastes quite nice. I wonder what vintage now?... It tastes just like the year 1881 tasted. ~G.K. Chesterton, The Flying Inn, 1914


      Did you ever feel the tongue dry, the lips parched, and the throat feverish, and then, bringing a goblet filled with pure water to your lips, do you remember the sensation as it trickled over your tongue and gurgled down your throat? Was it not a luxury?...
      Here is a beverage brewed for us by our Heavenly Father... in lovely places, down in yon grassy dell... where the brooks murmur and the rills give out their music... far away on the mountain-top, whose granite peak glitters like gold in the sunlight... on the wide wild sea, where the hurricane howls its mournful melody...
      There brews He beautiful water! And beautiful it always is! You see it glistening in the dewdrop; you hear it singing in the summer rain; you see it sparkling in the ice gem when the trees seem loaded with rich jewels! Look at it as it glitters in the hoar frost on which the sun is shining! Beautiful water! — dancing in the hailstorm, leaping, foaming, dashing in the cataract, sparkling in the fountain!
      Beautiful water! See how it weaves a golden gauze for the setting sun, and a silvery tissue for the midnight moon! Watch it descending in the feathery snowflake, or painting, with fairy pencil, flowers and leaves upon the window pane, or covering with a mantle of white the wintry world! Look at it as it trickles down the mountain side, like silvery ribands, mixing with the heather bloom! Mark it settling on the mountain-top, till it seems as if it lifted up its glorious face to kiss the very heavens! Beautiful water! — rolling up the valley in the cloud mists, or weaving the gorgeous rainbow, its warp, the rain-drop of the earth; its woof, heaven's bright sunbeam! ~John Bartholomew Gough (1817–1886), as quoted in Great Thoughts from Master Minds, 1887


Water flows uphill towards money. ~Anonymous, saying in the American West, quoted by Ivan Doig, in Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert, 1986


No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers. ~Horace


The spring water had a good taste to it, though Grandpa claimed he liked the river better. "A sight healthier for you," he'd say. "The mud's good for your constitution. Bet I got enough mud in my stummick to raise corn and I ain't never been sick a day in my life, if you don't count the rheumatiz." ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Tammy Out of Time, 1958


I am glad to have drunk water so long, for the same reason that I prefer the natural sky to an opium-eater's heaven. I would fain keep sober always; and there are infinite degrees of drunkenness. ~Henry David Thoreau


For usefulness, it hath a priority above the other elements; it pierces the air and ascends by the Sun's exhalation, it devours the earth if it be not strongly kept in by banks; it quenches the fire, it hath great ability... it carries our ships, makes fertile our grounds, refresheth and nourisheth man and beast, fowls and fishes: the trees live by the water, the earth upholds them; a rose bush upheld in water without earth, brings forth leaves and roses... some creatures live by water, but none without it, most live without fire but none without water... It washes, and cleanses, and cools, and refreshes: In peace, in war, in sickness, in health, in the house, in the field, always water is useful. In conclusion; no water, no human life, no Commonwealth, no world. ~Henry Church, "Of the usefulness of water," Miscellanea Philo-Theologica; or, God, & Man, 1637


Thousands have lived without love, not one without water. ~W. H. Auden, "First Things First," 1956


With every drop of water you drink, with every breath you take, you are connected to the sea, no matter where on Earth you live. Most of the oxygen in the atmosphere is generated by life in the sea. ~Sylvia A. Earle, The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One, 2009


Full many a man, both young and old,
Is brought to his sarcophagus,
By pouring water, icy cold,
Adown his warm æsophagus.
~Foote's Monthly, 1890


Water certainly has a flavour; I always taste it in weak tea. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885


The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words that are clear; the great truth has great silence.
~Rabindranath Tagore


Here's to old Adam's crystal ale,
Clear, sparkling, and divine,
Fair H2O, long may you flow!
We drink your health (in wine).
~Oliver Herford


Conserve Water, Drink Wine  ~R. S. Jackson


Come friends, come let us drink again,
This liquid from the nectar vine,
For water makes you dumb and stupid,
Learn this from the fishes—
They cannot sing, nor laugh, nor drink
This beaker full of sparkling wine.
~Old Dutch song, as quoted in Waes Hael: A Collection of Toasts Crisp and Well Buttered, by Edithe Lea Chase and Capt. W. E. P. French, 1903


I am better in health, avoiding all fermented liquors, and drinking nothing but London water, with a million insects in every drop. He who drinks a tumbler of London water has literally in his stomach more animated beings than there are men, women, and children on the face of the globe. ~Sydney Smith, 1834


And the small ripple spilt upon the beach
Scarcely o’erpass’d the cream of your champagne,
When o’er the brim the sparkling bumpers reach,
That spring-dew of the spirit! the heart’s rain!
Few things surpass old wine; and they may preach
Who please,—the more because they preach in vain,—
Let us have wine and women, mirth and laughter,
Sermons and soda-water the day after.
~Lord Byron (1788–1824), Don Juan, 1819–1824


Coffee, and I'm a warrior
Tea, a philosopher
Wine, a lover
Water, a napper.
~Terri Guillemets


Water is the most essential element of life, because without it you can't make coffee. ~Author unknown





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