70+ Water Quotes to Go With the Flow


David Em

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Water is an essential part of life. Running water, like a waterfall or river, is calming. Read water quotes to soothe you and help you go with the flow.

Wave with water splashing.
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Water is critical for life. Humans can only survive a few days without it.

Water’s also beautiful, relaxing, and serene.

There’s nothing like sitting at a beach and listening to the waves crash against the shore.

Also, the sound of a river or waterfall has meditative qualities. It’s an excellent way to relax.

The following water quotes will soothe and calm you down.

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Soothing water quotes

1. “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

2. “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” -Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu quote about water being soft and flexible.
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3. “Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” -W. H. Auden

4. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” -Loren Eiseley

5. “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

6. “Water is the driving force of all nature.” -Leonardo da Vinci

7. “Water is the softest of all things, yet it is the most powerful. The ocean patiently allows all things to flow into it. It is always flexible.” -Wayne Dyer

8. “Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks.” -Morihei Ueshiba

9. “She is water: soft enough to offer life, tough enough to drown it away.” -Rupi Kaur

10. “Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

11. “The day, water, sun, moon, night – I do not have to purchase these things with money.” -Plautus

12. “I love the sea’s sounds and the way it reflects the sky. The colours that shimmer across its surface are unbelievable. This, combined with the colour of the water over white sand, surprises me every time.” -John Dyer

13. “Something I like to do a lot is just sit by water when there’s a current and just stare into the water.” -Iggy Pop

14. “A drop of water can’t stop a fire alone. But a drop of water, plus another one, plus another one, then you have the rain, and the rain can stop the fire.” -Sylvie Guillem

15. “I love the beach; I grew up on the Baltic Sea. I love the beach. I love the water. I love surfing and swimming.” -Lana

16. “The sound of water is worth more than all the poets’ words.” -Octavio Paz

17. “It’s a beautiful thing, diving into the cool crisp water and then just sort of being able to pull your body through the water and the water opening up for you.” -Dawn Fraser

18. “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” -Mike May

19. “Happiness is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.” -Nikos Kazantzakis

20. “I will do water – beautiful, blue water.” -Claude Monet

21. “The atmosphere, the earth, the water and the water cycle – those things are good gifts.” -Wendell Berry

22. “Like water, we are truest to our nature in repose.” -Cyril Connolly

23. “Some people love the ocean. Some people fear it. I love it, hate it, fear it, respect it, cherish it, loathe it, and frequently curse it. It brings out the best in me and sometimes the worst.” -Roz Savage

24. “No water, no life. No blue, no green.” -Sylvia Earle

25. “You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” -Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison quote about a big and beautiful river leading to happiness.
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26. “The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it’s going to go and where you’ll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don’t let anyone deter you from that.” -Eartha Kitt

27. “There’s something about the water – that solitary kind of peaceful feeling. You’re on Earth but not quite.” -John C. Reilly

28. “I love to watch the movement of light on water, and I love to play in rivers and lakes, swimming or canoeing. I am fascinated by people who work with water – fishermen, boatmen – and by a way of life that is dominated by water.” -Berlie Doherty

29. “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” -Leonardo da Vinci

30. “Water is at the center of every chemical reaction, and therefore should be the earth’s most precious gift.” -Janine Benyus

31. “I feel most at home in the water. I disappear. That’s where I belong.” -Michael Phelps

32. “Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” -Mikhail Lermontov

33. “Cross the meadow and the stream and listen as the peaceful water brings peace upon your soul.” -Maximillian Degenerez

Maximillian Degenerez about water bringing peace.
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34. “What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.” -Hal Boyle

35. “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-Györgyi

36. “I’m really quite simple. I plant flowers and watch them grow… I stay at home and watch the river flow.” -George Harrison

37. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.” -John F. Kennedy

38. “It is one thing to hear about the forest and the river, but an entirely other experience to go there, to see the environment, and to appreciate the natural riches there first-hand.” -Chris Kilham

39. “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” -Karen Blixen

40. “A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.” -Lucy Larcom

41. “Listening to soft music and the sound of the ocean is quite relaxing to me.” -La Toya Jackson

42. “A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” -Laura Gilpin

43. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

44. “Even though the largest rocks may stand in its way, water will always find a way to get through it.” -Roger Lee

45. “Rivers are places that renew our spirit, connect us with our past, and link us directly with the flow and rhythm of the natural world.” -Ted Turner

46. “I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” -John O’Donohue

47. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” -A.A. Milne

48. “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” -William Wordsworth

49. “I love how it feels to unwind by the ocean.” -Miranda Rae Mayo

50. “Water talks unceasingly, but never repeats itself.” -Octavio Paz

51. “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

52. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” -E. E. Cummings

E. E. Cummings quote about finding what you lose in the sea.
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53. “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

54. “She loves the serene brutality of the ocean, loves the electric power she felt with each breath of wet, briny air.” -Holly Black

55. “The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.” -Georges Simenon

56. “I love the smell of rain, and I love the sound of the ocean waves.” -Amy Purdy

57. “Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall.” -Bob Ross

58. “Run wild and free like a waterfall.” -Anamika Mishra

59. “Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.” -Santosh Kalwar

60. “I love going to the beach and swimming in the ocean. I think it’s so relaxing. It’s also a great form of active recovery. It’s perfect for those rest days when you still want to move a little bit.” -Eugenie Bouchard

61. “If it weren’t for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.” -Carl Perkins

62. “Water belongs to us all. Nature did not make the sun one person’s property, nor air, nor water, cool and clear.” -Michael Simpson

63. “I love the ocean. Anywhere near the ocean will do.” -Ben Fogle

64. “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

65. “Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” -Sylvia Earle

66. “I love the ocean. I’ve always liked the blue, so tranquil and peaceful and gliding. And the fear of it.” -Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux quote about the ocean being blue and tranquil.
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67. “The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.” -Henry Beston

68. “My favorite place to vacation is anyplace by the ocean.” -Nina Arianda

69. “If you have the ocean and you have your board, nothing matters.” -Garrett McNamara

70. “Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.” -John Thorson

71. “Water is soft and humble, but it is the most powerful and is the most endurable.” -Debasish Mridha

72. “When the water starts boiling it is foolish to turn off the heat.” -Nelson Mandela

73. “Being in water makes me relax instantly.” -Gabriella Wilde

Final thoughts

The sound of water is rhythmic and soothing. It also serves as white noise.

Listen to it anytime you need to clear your mind, relax, or fall asleep.

The water quotes remind you to go with the flow, like water. They also help you put your feelings into words.

Related: How to Meditate Lying Down

Featured image by David Em/Relaxation Hero.

David Em.

David Em

David Em is the Founder of Relaxation Hero. He created this site to provide tips and resources to help you relax. Outside of Relaxation Hero, David is the CEO of Everyone Media Group. He also enjoys hiking, running, and traveling.