As humankind probes the universe wondering, Are we alone? we seek out water…for water means life. No less meaningful is how we regard water on our own planet. Although we don’t always take care of it the way we should, we understand its profound importance. Perhaps that is why we have so much to say about it…


A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.

—Lucy Larcom, Educator


Thousands have lived without love. Not one without water.

—W.H. Auden, Poet


You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.

—W.C. Fields, Comedian


All water has a perfect memory and is trying to get back to where it was.

—Toni Morrison, Author


Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield.

—Lau Tzu, Philosopher


Life in us is like the water in a river.

—Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher


Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

—Ryunosuke Satoro, Author


No water, no life. No blue, no green.

—Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer