Wednesday 23 May 2012


Water is essential for all dimensions of life. Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty per cent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year.
  •  “Water is the best of all things”. (PINDAR, Olympian Odes, C.VI B.C.)
  •  “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it”. (LAO TZU, S. VI BC)
  •  “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)
  •  “By means of the water, we give life to everything”. (KORAN, 21:30 )
  •  “The sound of the water says what I think”. (CHUANG TZU, C.IV BC) 
  •  “You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you”.(HERACLITUS OF EPHESUS, 540-470 B.C.)
  •  “The fall of dropping water wears away the stone”. (LUCRETIUS, 99-55 BC)
  •  “Pouring oil on troubled water.” (BEDE "THE VENERABLE", 672-735)
  •  “Water is the driving force of all nature” .”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, 1452-1519)
  •  “Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure” ( ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI, 1182-1226)
  •  “Water is a good servant but it is a cruel master” (JOHN BULLEIN, 1562)
  •  “The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit”. (SAINT TERESA OF AVILA, 1515-1582)
  •  “Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above water”. (MIGUEL DE CERVANTES, 1549-1616)
  •  “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water”. (BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac, 1746)
  •  “The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind”. (WILLIAM BLAKE, 1757-1827)
  •  “Water is the only drink for a wise man” (H.D. THOREAU, 1817-1862)
  •  “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, 1915-1973).
  •  “Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody”. (MARK TWAIN, 1835-1910).
  •  “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, Pansies, 1929)
  •  “The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water”.(SIGMUND FREUD, 1856-1939)
  •  “The water in a vessel is sparkling; the water in the sea is dark. The small truth has words which are clear; the great truth has great silence”. (RABINDRANATH TAGORE, 1861-1941)
  •  “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of the oceans”. (KAHLIL GIBRAN, 1883-1931 )
  •  “Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your teacher”. (MORIHEI UESHIBA,1883-1969)
  •  “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry” (T. FULLER, Gnomología, 1732) 
  • “Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world”. (CHARLES MACKAY, The Dionysia ,1889)
  •  “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well” (ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY, 1900-1944)
  •  “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, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939)
  •  “Life is water dancing to the tune of solids”. ( ALBERT SZENT-GYORGYI, 1893-1986)
  •  “The miller sees not all the water that goes by his mill.”(ROBERT BURTON, Anatomy of Melancholy, 1621)
  •  “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, The Madwomen of Chaillot, 1946)
  •  “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water”. (LORAN EISEL Y., The Immense Journey, 1957)
  •  “High quality water is more than the dream of the conservation, 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)
  •  “In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference”. (RACHEL CARSON, 1907-1964)
  •  “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 )
  •  “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)
  •  “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one”. (JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU, 1910-1997)“
  •  “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink” (Attributed to J.M. KEYNES, 1883-1946)
  •  “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)
  •  “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)
  •  “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 water is your friend. You don't have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move”.(ALEKSANDER POPOV, 1859-1905)
  •  “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,1990)
  •  “Water has become a highly precious resource. There are some places where a barrel of water costs more than a barrel of oil” (LLOYD AXWORTH, 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)

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