PINDAR (C. 522-C. 438 B.C.), Olympian Odes
Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil.
Lloyd Axworthy, Foreign Minister of Canada (1999 – News Conference)
More than one-half of the world’s major rivers are being seriously depleted and polluted, degrading and poisoning the surrounding ecosystems, thus threatening the health and livelihood of people who depend upon them for irrigation, drinking and industrial water
Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century- Water Forum, Netherlands, November 30, 1999
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.
LORAN EISELY, The Immense Journey, 1957
All the water that will ever be is, right now.
National Geographic, October 1993
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
Water is H2O, 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
Water has no taste, no color, no odor; it cannot be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself. It fills us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY (1900-1944), Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939
Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.
JEAN GIRAUDOUX (1882-1944), The Madwomen of Chaillot, 1946
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, (1706-1790), Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
The crisis of our diminishing water resources is just as severe (if less obviously immediate) as any wartime crisis we have ever faced. Our survival is just as much at stake as it was at the time of Pearl Harbor, or the Argonne, or Gettysburg, or Saratoga
JIM WRIGHT, U.S. Representative, The Coming Water Famine, 1966
High quality water is more than the dream of the conservationists, more than a political slogan; high quality water, in the right quantity at the right place at the right time, is essential to health, recreation, and economic growth.
EDMUND S. MUSKIE, U.S. Senator, speech, 1 March 1966
Children of a culture born in a water-rich environment, we have never really learned how important water is to us. We understand it, but we do not respect it.
WILLIAM ASHWORTH, Nor Any Drop to Drink, 1982
Of all our planet’s activities–geological movements, the reproduction and decay of biota, and even the disruptive propensities of certain species (elephants and humans come to mind)–no force is greater than the hydrologic cycle.
RICHARD BANGS and CHRISTIAN KALLEN, Rivergods, 1985
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
Filthy water cannot be washed.
WEST AFRICAN PROVERB
If you could tomorrow morning make water clean in the world, you would have done, in one fell swoop, the best thing you could have done for improving human health by improving environmental quality.
WILLIAM C. CLARK, speech, Racine, Wisconsin, April 1988
In every glass of water we drink, some of the water has already passed through fishes, trees, bacteria, worms in the soil, and many other organisms, including people…Living systems cleanse water and make it fit, among other things, for human consumption.
ELLIOT A. NORSE, in R.J. Hoage, ed., Animal Extinctions, 1985
Estuaries are a happy land, rich in the continent itself, stirred by the forces of nature like the soup of a French chef; the home of myriad forms of life from bacteria and protozoan to grasses and mammals; the nursery, resting place, and refuge of countless.
STANELY A. CAIN, speech, 1966
Many estuaries produce more harvestable human food per acre than the best midwestern farmland.
STANELY A. CAIN, testimony, U.S. House of Representatives, Merchant Marine and Fisheries subcommittee, March 1967
Life originated in the sea, and about eighty percent of it is still there.
ISAAC ASIMOV, Isaac Asimov’s Book of Science and Nature Quotations, 1988
The oceans are the planet’s last great living wilderness, man’s only remaining frontier on earth, and perhaps his last chance to produce himself a rational species.
JOHN L. CULLNEY, Wilderness Conservation, September- October 1990
The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man.
CHARLES WILLIAM BEEBE (1877-1962), Log of the Sun, 1906
Wetlands have a poor public image…. Yet they are among the earth’s greatest natural assets… mankind’s waterlogged wealth.
EDWARD MALTBY, Waterlogged Wealth, 1986