Water Wisdom

“When one man drinks while another can only watch, Doomsday follows.”
— Turkish proverb

“Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.”
— Mark Twain

“Nothing is more useful than water; but it will purchase scarce anything; scarce anything can be had in exchange for it.”
— Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, 1776

“When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water.”
— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac 1733

“Water flows humbly to the lowest level. Nothing is weaker than water, Yet for overcoming what is hard and strong, Nothing surpasses it.”
— Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“By means of water, we give life to everything.”
— Koran

“The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water, not politics.”
— Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali, former UN Secretary General and Egyptian foreign minister

“We do not say we share their oil resources. They cannot say they share our water resources…We have the right to do anything we like.”
— Süleyman Demirel, Turkish Prime Minister, 1992, rejecting Iraqi and Syrian claims to more flow of the Euphrates River

“Water, that wonderful, flowing medium, the luck of the planet—which would serve humankind in so many ways, and which would give our planet a special character.”
— Daniel Boorstin, The Discoverers

“Dams are “temples of modern India”
— Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister

“The history of men is reflected in the history of the sewers …The sewer is the conscience of the city.”
— Victor Hugo, Les Miserables



  1. “In the battle between the stream and the stone, the stream always wins — not through strength, but through persistence.”
    ~ unknown

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