Water is the essence of life and without it we simply wouldn’t exist. It’s no wonder some of the world’s most famous thinkers and poets have gotten lyrical about this life-giving substance. They consider it worthy of praise, poetry and conservation. Below are ten quotes about water by well-known personalities.
1. “Anything else you're interested in is not going to happen if you can't breathe the air and drink the water. Don't sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet." - Carl Sagan
2. “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” - Jacques Cousteau
3. Water, the Hub of Life.
Water is its mater and matrix, mother and medium.
Water is the most extraordinary substance!
Practically all its properties are anomalous, which enabled life to use it as building material for its machinery.
Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1972)
4. “If you gave me several million years, there would be nothing that did not grow in beauty if it were surrounded by water.” - Jan Erik Vold, What All the World Knows, 1970
5. “Water is H20, hydrogen two parts, oxygen one, but there is also a third thing that makes water and nobody knows what that is.” - D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), Pansies, 1929
6. “Between earth and earth's atmosphere, the amount of water remains constant; there is never a drop more, never a drop less. This is a story of circular infinity, of a planet birthing itself.” - Linda Hogan, "Northern Lights," Autumn 1990
7. “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 (600 B.C.)
8. “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” - W. H. Auden
9. “Water is the driving force of all nature.” - Leonardo da Vinci
10. “The wars of the twenty-first century will be fought over water.” - Ismail Serageldin, World Bank Vice President for Environmental Affairs, quoted in Marq de Villiers' Water, 2000