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7 years ago

"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

7 years ago

"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

7 years ago

"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

8 years ago

Penobscot River, Flickr_ simdog6294 “In the 19th century, we devoted our best minds to exploring nature. In the 20th century, we devoted ourselves to controlling and harnessing it. In the 21st century, we must devote ourselves to restoring it.” — Stephen Ambrose

9 years ago

"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."

Eric Alan

From The Sunday Oregonian; Article: Meditation draws its power from the water, 9/11/05

9 years ago

"When the well's dry, we know the worth of water."
- Benjamin Franklin

9 years ago

"We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
- Jacques Cousteau

9 years ago

"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

9 years ago
"Wild rivers are earth's renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning." - Richard Bangs, River Gods
10 years ago
“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

10 years ago
The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land. - Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada's Heritage Rivers
River quotes
10 years ago
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A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself - for it is from the soil, both from its depth and from its surface, that a river has its beginning. - Laura Gilpin