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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

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. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

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,

What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

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!... dancing in the hailstorm, leaping, foaming, dashing...! See how it weaves a golden gauze for the setting sun, and a silvery tissue for the midnight moon! ~John Bartholomew Gough, English-born U.S. temperance orator (1817–1886)

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 (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Satires

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

In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air. ~Changing Times magazine

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," 1957

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

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

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

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

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