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WATER
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Still waters run no mills.
      - quoted by Aglionby, Life of Bickerstaff
         (p. 5)

Pure water is the best of gifts that man to man can bring,
  But who am I that I should have the best of anything?
    Let princes revel at the pump, let peers with ponds make free,
      Whisky, or wine, or even beer is good enough for me.
      - Anonymous,
        in the "Spectator", July 31, 1920, sometimes attributed to Hon. G.W.E. Russell or to Lord Neaves

Pouring oil on troubled water.
      - Bede "The Venerable",
        Historia Ecclesiastica
         (bk. III, ch. XV, p. 142), (Hussey's ed.)

Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginnings of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:
  Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father's bed; then defiledst thou it: he went up to my couch.
      - Bible, Genesis (ch. XLIX, v. 3-4)

For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. XIV, v. 14)

The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XCIII, v. 4)

Expect poison from the standing water.
      - William Blake

A cup of cold Adam from the next purling stream.
      - Tom Brown, Works (vol. IV, p. 11)

The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. III, memb. 4, subsect. 1)

The fall of waters! rapid as the light,
  The flashing mass foams shaking the abyss;
    The hell of waters! where they howl and hiss,
      And boil in endless torture; while the sweat
        Of their great agony, wrung out from this
          Their Phlegethon, curls round the rocks of jet
            That gird the gulf around, in pitiless horror set,
              And mounts in spray the skies, and thence again
                Returns in an unceasing shower, which round,
                  With its unemptied clouds of gentle rain,
                    Is an external April to the ground,
                      Making it all one emerald:--how profound
                        The gulf! and how the giant element
                          From rock to rock leaps with delirious bound,
                            Crushing the cliffs, which downward worn and rent
                              With his fierce footsteps, yield in chasms a fearful vent
                                To the broad column which rolls on.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Till taught by pain,
  Men really know not what good water's worth;
    If you had been in Turkey or in Spain,
      Or with a famish'd boat's-crew had your berth,
        Or in the desert heard the camel's bell,
          You'd wish yourself where Truth is--in a well.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 84)

Water, water, everywhere,
  And all the boards did shrink;
    Water, water, everywhere,
      Nor any drop to drink.
        The very deep did rot: O Christ!
          That ever this should be!
            Yes, slimy things did crawl with legs
              Upon the slimy sea.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
         (pt. II, st. 9)

The world turns softly
  Not to spill its lakes and rivers,
    The water is held in its arms
      And the sky is held in the water.
        What is water,
          That pours silver,
            And can hold the sky?
      - Hilda Conkling, Water

Traverse the desert, and then ye can tell
  What treasures exist in the cold deep well,
    Sink in despair on the red parch'd earth,
      And then ye may reckon what water is worth.
      - Eliza Cook

Water its living strength first shows,
  When obstacles its course oppose.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        God, Soul, and World--Rhymed Distichs

It rolled off my back like a duck.
      - Samuel Goldwyn

And pines with thirst amidst a sea of waves.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XI, l. 722), (Pope's translation)

Here quench your thirst, and mark in me
  An emblem of true charity;
    Who, while my bounty I bestow,
      Am neither seen, nor heard to flow.
      - William Hone

Water is the mother of the vine,
  The nurse and fountain of fecundity,
    The adorner and refresher of the world.
      - Charles Mackay, The Dionysia

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
  I am haunted by waters.
      - Norman Fitzroy Maclean,
        A River Runs Through It

The rising world of waters dark and deep.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 11)

I'm very fond of water:
  It ever must delight
    Each mother's son and daughter,--
      When qualified aright.
      - Lord Charles Neaves,
        I'm very fond of Water

There is no small pleasure in pure water.
  [Lat., Est in aqua dulci non invidiosa voluptas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Stones are hollowed out by the constant dropping of water.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 7, 39)

There is no small pleasure in sweet water.
  [Lat., Est in aqua dulci non invidiosa voluptas.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (II, 7, 73)


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