A collection of inspiring water quotes to help you flow through life’s ups and downs, obstacles and challenges and to keep moving forward. 

Water plays a very vital role in our lives. It’s our lifeblood and what keeps us and our planet going. Water can also be a great form of inspiration, it reminds us that regardless of what lives throws us at, we have the power to keep flowing, to keep moving forward, to stay calm and be patient, and persistent. 


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),

It’s always our self we find in the sea.

— e.e. cummings

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.

— Lao Tzu

Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.

— Wangari Maathai

Life is water dancing to the tune of solids.

— Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Water quotes and quotes about water

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.

— Steve Maraboli

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.

— Alan Watts

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.

— Margaret Atwood

Cross the meadow and the stream and listen as the peaceful water brings peace upon your soul.

— Maximillian Degenerez

Anger is like flowing water; there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you let it flow. Hate is like stagnant water; anger that you denied yourself the freedom to feel, the freedom to flow; water that you gathered in one place and left to forget. Stagnant water becomes dirty, stinky, disease-ridden, poisonous, deadly; that is your hate. On flowing water travels little paper boats; paper boats of forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel anger, allow your waters to flow, along with all the paper boats of forgiveness. Be human.

— C. JoyBell C.

I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts.

— Rigoberta Menchu

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. 

I am haunted by waters.

— Norman Maclean

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 David Thoreau

Don’t be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground.

— Kim Young-ha

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.

— Hermann Hesse

This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.

— Dennis Rodman

It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.

— Nicholas Sparks

Whoever thirst for the living Water shall be quench.

— Lailah Gifty Akita

You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.

— Edwin Louis Cole

Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.

— Wallace Stevens

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.

— Loren Eiseley

They both listened silently to the water, which to them was not just water, but the voice of life, the voice of Being, the voice of perpetual Becoming.

— Hermann Hesse

I’ve always had a duck personality. Calm above water, feet going crazy below.

— K. Flay

You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.

— Alysha Speer

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.

— Karen Blixen

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.

— Kahlil Gibran Jr.

Being a fish out of water is tough, but that’s how you evolve.

— Kumail Nanjiani

Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.

— Santosh Kalwar

A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.

— Mark Twain

More water quotes and sayings

The sea is a desert of waves,

A wilderness of water.

— Langston Hughes


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

— Heraclitus

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

— Rumi

Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.

— Mikhail Lermontov

You swam in a river of chance and coincidence. You clung to the happiest accidents—the rest you let float by.

— David Wroblewski

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

— Bruce Lee

When life places stones in your path, be the water. A persistent drop of water will wear away even the hardest stone.

— Autumn Morning Star

The fall of dropping water wears away the Stone.

— Lucretius

You are water I’m water we’re all water in different containers that’s why it’s so easy to meet someday we’ll evaporate together.

— Yoko Ono

The deeper the waters are, the more still they run.

— Korean Proverb

Water is sufficient…the spirit moves over water.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Love, like a river, will cut a new path whenever it meets an obstacle.

— Crystal Middlemas

Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions.

— Sun Tzu

Water is the driving force of all nature.

— Leonardo da Vinci

Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Run wild and free like a waterfall.

— Anamika Mishra

Love and work are to people what water and sunshine are to plants.

— Jonathan Haidt

Let’s swim to the moon

Let’s climb through the tide

Surrender to the waiting worlds

That lap against our side.

— Jim Morrison

Where the waters do agree, it is quite wonderful the relief they give.

— Jane Austen

The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.

— Joseph Conrad

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water, many souls join their highest intent to form the river of evolved consciousness.

— Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not seek water, get thirst.

— Rumi

Drinking water is essential to a healthy lifestyle.

— Stephen Curry

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A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

— William Wordsworth

I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.

— Mike May

Plant your tiny seeds and keep watering them every day. Soon, they’ll grow.

— Israelmore Ayivor


Water is life, and clean water means health.

— Audrey Hepburn

Water is the lifeblood of our bodies, our economy, our nation and our well-being.

— Stephen Johnson

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

— Rabindranath Tagore

When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.

— Benjamin Franklin


Life in us is like the water in a river.

— Henry David Thoreau 

Being under stress is like being stranded in a body of water. If you panic, it will cause you to flail around so that the water rushes into your lungs and creates further distress. Yet, by calmly collecting yourself and using controlled breathing you remain afloat with ease.

— Alaric Hutchinson

You will love the ocean. It makes you feel so… I don’t know. Small, but not in a bad way. Small because you realize you’re part of something bigger.

— Lauren Myracle

Water is sacred to all Human Beings. If you do not have water, you cannot have life. I always remember to honor and pour the water because it is traditional.

— Autumn Morning Star

There’s something about the thousands of glittering lights, the veil of nighttime that almost makes this place beautiful, especially in the reflection of the water. It makes everything askew, disoriented. There’s more truth in a ripple of water than in a clear day.

— Ellie Lieberman

Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world.

— Charles Mackay

Mist to mist, drops to drops. For water thou art, and unto water shalt thou return.

— Kamand Kojouri

I drop kindness pebbles in still water everyday, and I watch the effect they have on other people’s lives.

My favorite kindness pebbles are compliments.

Drop a compliment and watch the ripple affect that it has in your life.

— JohnA Passaro

Life is a dance between heaven and earth, the ebb and flow of life.

— Maurice Spees

When the water is calm, take as much distance as possible with your boat!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Just take my hand, lead, dance with me…and I will simply follow the blueness of the water, the white waves rolling free…where the earth beneath my feet and stars make my heart whole again…in long and priceless moments of shared solitude…

— Oksana Rus

Water is soft and humble, but it is the most powerful and is the most endurable.

— Debasish Mridha

If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?

— Jennifer McMahon

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

Do not turn me 


restless waters

if you cannot promise

to be my stream.

— Sanober Khan

Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.

— Slovakian Proverb

Inspirational water quotes and captions

The places where water comes together with other water. Those places stand out in my mind like holy places.

— Raymond Carver

A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.

— Joan Didion

Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

If we come from the water, I conclude that we come from different kinds of it. I will meet a person and in his eyes see an ocean, deep and never ending; then I will meet another person and feel as though I have stepped into a shallow puddle on the street, there is nothing in it. Or maybe some of us come from the water, and some of us come from somewhere else; then it’s all a matter of finding those who are the same as us.

— C. JoyBell C.

Be like water,

Flow like a river,

Crash like the rain,

Fly like the cloud again!

— Md. Ziaul Haque

I have seen the sea when it is storm and wild; when it is quiet and serene when it is dark and moody. And in all these moods, I see myself.

— Martin Buxbaum

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.

— William Wordsworth

You’re not a wave, you’re a part of the ocean.

— Mitch Albom

When a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.

— Arthur Golden

Be like water, which is fluid & soft & yielding, as in time, water will overcome rock which is rigid & hard. Therefor, what is soft is strong.

— Anonymous

Instead of blue skies and sunshine, there are grey clouds and endless rain that seeps into your bones, your soul.

— Cathy Cassidy

There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you!

— Mehmet Murat ildan

Which of these water quotes inspired you the most?






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