"Can we afford clean water? Can we afford rivers and lakes and streams and oceans which continue to make possible life on this planet? Can we afford life itself? Those questions were never asked as we destroyed the waters of our nation, and they deserve no answers as we finally move to restore and renew them. These questions answer themselves."
Senator Ed Muskie of ME
arguing for the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, CRS, 1972 Legislative History, pp 164, 161-62
"When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come." - Leonardo da Vinci
"A river does not just happen; it has a beginning and an end. Its story is written in rich earth, in ice, and in water-carved stone, and its story as the lifeblood of the land is filled with color, music and thunder.” — Andy Russell
"If you’re not beside a real river, close your eyes, and sit down beside an imaginary one, a river where you feel comfortable and safe. Know that the water has wisdom, in its motion through the world, as much wisdom as any of us have. Picture yourself as the water. We are liquid; we innately share water’s wisdom."
From The Sunday Oregonian; Article: Meditation draws its power from the water, 9/11/05
"When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."
- Benjamin Franklin
"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
- Jacques Cousteau
"Rivers are magnets for the imagination, for conscious pondering and subconscious dreams, thrills and fears. People stare into the moving water, captivated, as they are when gazing into a fire. What is it that draws and holds us? The rivers' reflections of our lives and experiences are endless. The water calls up our own ambitions of flowing with ease, of navigating the unknown. Streams represent constant rebirth. The waters flow in, forever new, yet forever the same; they complete a journey from beginning to end, and then they embark on the journey again."
- Tim Palmer