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  • In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference.

  • Water was before the eye, in the mind, the ear, the bone, / before the parched lips, on the parched tongue. / All that land hummed like a wire with absent water.

  • I wonder if those experts who tell us that our sexual appetite is the strongest know what real thirst feels like; I can imagine the desire for water driving someone to commit a crime to which sexual desire could never drive them.

  • I first noticed how the sound of water is like the talk of human voices, and would sometimes wake in the night and listen, thinking that a crowd of people were coming through the woods.

  • There is simply no way to overstate the water crisis of the planet today. Many now predict that the wars of this century will be over water.

  • While governments have been slow in coming to terms with this crisis, the prviate sector has identified water as the last great untapped natural resource to be exploited for profit. Giant transnational water, food, energy, and shipping corporations are doing all in their power to kick-start the trade in 'blue gold.' Their goal is to make water a private commodity, sold and traded on the open market.

  • ... my love of water ... is mingled with and almost indistinguishable from a fear of water (I can float in a vertical position — I enter a fugue state — but I cannot bear to bury my face in water).

  • To surrender one's vulnerable body to water has always seemed to me a limpid act of will that has no counterpart or equal, unless it is sex.

  • Nothing is more democratic, less judgmental, than water. Water doesn't care whether flesh is withered or fresh; it caresses aged flesh and firm flesh with equal love.

  • Water astonishing and difficult altogether makes a meadow and a stroke.

  • This is no lake, / it's a flat blue egg. We peel / its shell and climb inside / like four spoons looking for the yolk.

  • ... the brook that does go by our house is always bringing songs from the hills.

    • Opal Whiteley,
    • 1920, in Benjamin Hoff, ed., The Singing Creek Where the Willows Grow ()
  • The aboriginal peoples of Australia illustrate the conflict between technology and the natural world succinctly, by asking, 'What will you do when the clever men destroy your water?' That, in truth, is what the world is coming to.

  • Maybe this is what the future will look like: fresh, clean water will be so rare it will be guarded by armies. Water as the next oil — the next resource worth going to war over.

  • Water is compulsive; it draws each of us to gaze transfixed in a becalmed state which few other things induce so forcibly.

  • My old friend, water, my good companion, my beloved mother and father: I am its most natural offspring.

  • It doesn't matter where on Earth you live, everyone is utterly dependent on the existence of that lovely, living saltwater soup. There's plenty of water in the universe without life, but nowhere is there life without water.

  • Why is it that water, so monotonous in its characteristics, should nevertheless possess a charm for every mind? I believe it is chiefly because it bears the impress of the Creator, which we feel neither the power of time or of man can efface or alter.

  • Water is the grand epic of creation; and there is not a human soul but feels the influence of its majesty, its power, or its beauty.

  • ... when something intolerable is in my life, I head for the water. It leavens me in some way. Some middlemost part of me is soothed and silenced by it.

  • Most of the world’s major waterways have been diverted or dammed or otherwise manipulated — in the United States, only two per cent of rivers run unimpeded — and people now use half the world’s readily accessible freshwater runoff.

  • At the heart of our shared humanity is our thirst, which ensures that if we inhabit bodies of flesh and blood and bone, if we reside on this earth and bear our young and raise them to dream and to discover, whether we live in the shadows of the mountains or the vast sweeps of prairies, we crave, we seek, we need water.

  • We owe our humanity to water; at our essence, we are all water.