Rivers quotes

  • Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!” said Piglet, feeling him. Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Rivers #Long #Feelings

  • By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved more slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, “There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” But all the little streams higher up in the Forest went this way and that, quickly, eagerly, having so much to find out before it was too late.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Running #Rivers #Too Late

  • Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
    -- A. A. Milne

    #Buddhist #Rivers

  • You will have no test of faith that will not fit you to be a blessing if you are obedient to the Lord. I never had a trial but when I got out of the deep river I found some poor pilgrim on the bank that I was able to help by that very experience.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Blessing #Rivers #Trials

  • The mind is like a river. The thoughts are like the various droplets of water. We are submerged in that water. Stay on the bank and watch your mind.
    -- A. G. Mohan

    #Rivers #Water #Mind

  • Thanks be to God, not--only for 'rivers of endless joys above, but for 'rills of comfort here below.'
    -- Adoniram Judson

    #Rivers #Joy #Comfort

  • If you think you can grasp me, think again: my story flows in more than one direction, a delta springing from the river bed with its five fingers spread.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Thinking #One Direction #Rivers

  • once upon a time all the rivers combined to protest against the action of the sea in making their waters salt. "When we come to you," sad they to the sea, "we are sweet and drinkable; but when once we have mingled with you, our waters become as briny and unpalatable as your own." The sea replied shortly, "Keep away from me, and you'll remain sweet.
    -- Aesop

    #Sweet #Sea #Rivers

  • I thought how lovely and how strange a river is...
    -- Aidan Chambers

    #Rivers #Lovely #Strange

  • The logs of wood which move down the river together Are driven apart by every wave. Such inevitable parting Should not be the cause of misery.
    -- Akkineni Nagarjuna

    #Moving #Rivers #Together

  • The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.
    -- Al-Ghazali


  • I keep drawing the trees, the rocks, the river, I'm still learning how to see them; I'm still discovering how to render their forms. I will spend a lifetime doing that. Maybe someday I'll get it right.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Rocks #Rivers #Drawing

  • I spend as much time as I can sketching from nature, Dartmoor contains such a rich variety of landscape, as many boulders, foaming rivers and twisted trees as my heart could ever desire. . . . When I look into a river, I feel I could spend a whole lifetime just painting that river.
    -- Alan Lee

    #Heart #Rivers #Tree

  • Now God be thanked that the name of a hill is such music, that the name of a river can heal.
    -- Alan Paton

    #Names #Rivers #Hills

  • When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money.
    -- Alanis Obomsawin

    #Cutting #Rivers #Air

  • But I do enjoy words—some words for their own sake! Words like river, and dawn, and daylight, and time. These words seem much richer than our experiences of the things they represent—
    -- Alasdair Gray

    #Rivers #Dawn #Daylight

  • But all the long speeches, all the interminable days and hours that people had spent talking about my soul, had left me with the impression of a colorless swirling river that was making me dizzy.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Talking #Rivers #Long

  • Tonight we water our horses in the Tennessee River.
    -- Albert Sidney Johnston

    #Horse #War #Rivers

  • A river or stream is a cycle of energy from sun to plants to insects to fish. It is a continuum broken only by humans.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Rivers #Broken #Sun

  • The good life of any river may depend on the perception of its music; and the preservation of some music to perceive.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Good Life #Rivers #Perception

  • The life of every river sings its own song, but in most the song is long marred by the discords of misuse.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Song #Rivers #Long

  • I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush and it is the same river who before I can bring my friends to view his work erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Eye #Views #Rivers

  • The trouble with fiction," said John Rivers, "is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Reality #Rivers #Fiction

  • And I imagine... with great pleasure... all the horrible stirrings of the nonmanifested to bring forth the scream which creates the universe. Maybe one day I'll see you trembling, and you'll go into convulsion and grow larger and smaller until your mouth opens and the world will come from your mouth, escaping through the window like a river, and it will flood the city. And then we'll begin to live.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Escaping #Cities #Rivers

  • I wish I could avoid the people who have threatened me. My favorite threat is that I will be thrown in the River Miljacka, which is at most knee-deep, with my feet bound in cement.
    -- Aleksandar Hemon

    #Rivers #Feet #People

  • When rowan leaves are dank and rusting And rowan berries red as blood, When in my palm the hangman's thrusting The final nail with bony thud, When, over the foul flooding river, Upon the wet grey height, I toss Before my land's grim looks, and shiver As I swing here upon the cross, Then, through the blood and weeping, stretches My dying sight to space remote; I see upon the river's reaches Christ sailing to me in a boat.
    -- Alexander Blok

    #Blood #Land #Rivers

  • As one grows older, the sense of separateness is slowly reduced. Old people do not live on an ego level. Their concerns are not about their individuality but about the river of life, the family, the community, the nation, people, animals, nature, life. They can die easily if they are assured that life will continue positively, for they feel part of the river again, and soon they will be part of the ocean. When they are very old, they no longer belong to our time and space, but to all time and all space.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Ocean #Animal #Rivers

  • The Okavango Delta is an astonishing sight: the great Okavango River, rather than flow towards the sea, flows inland, into the sands of the Kalahari.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Sight #Sea #Rivers

  • The vanity of human life is like a river, constantly passing away, and yet constantly coming on.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Rivers #Vanity #Life Is Like

  • You do not really care for God's mercy or His comfort either, so long as you live in any sin. And it is well that you do not; for you can have neither. Your peace will be like a river, when you put away your sin; but not one word of true peace, not one drop of true comfort, can you have till then.
    -- Alexander Whyte

    #Rivers #Long #Comfort

  • But I plucked a new, different, worldly soul for myself -- maybe a soul I found in the spray thrown up by the surge of that distant African river as it plummets onto black rocks and sends up into the sun a permanent arc of a rainbow.
    -- Alexandra Fuller

    #Rocks #Rivers #Rainbow

  • And it was always the stories that needed the telling that gave us the rope we could cross any river with. They balanced us high above any crevasse. They made us be natural acrobats. They made us brave. They met us well. They changed us. It was in their nature to.
    -- Ali Smith

    #Rivers #Brave #Rope

  • I stood looking down through the beech trees. When I threw a stone I could count to five before the splash. Then I jumped in a rush of gold to the head, through black and cold, red and cold, brown and warm, giving water the weight and size of myself in order to imagine it, water with my bones, water with my mouth and my understanding. When my body was in some way a wave to swim in, one continuous fin from head to tail, I steered through rapids like a canoe, digging my hands in, keeping just ahead of the river.
    -- Alice Oswald

    #Hands #Order #Rivers

  • Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions Of your life And wrap around You like a shawl, To parry stones To keep you warm. Watch the people succumb To madness With ample cheer; Let them look askance at you And you askance reply. Be an outcast; Be pleased to walk alone (Uncool) Or line the crowded River beds With other impetuous Fools. Make a merry gathering On the bank Where thousands perished For brave hurt words They said. Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast. Qualified to live Among your dead.
    -- Alice Walker

    #Hurt #Cheer #Rivers

  • Water seeks its own level. Look at them. The Tigris, the Euphrates, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Yangtze. The world's great rivers. And every one of them finds its way to the ocean.
    -- Alison McGhee

    #Ocean #Rivers #Water

  • There's a switch inside every one of us that I guess grew there as a necessary part of survival. How can you drag a fish up out of the river for your supper if you feel the yank of the hook in your own cheek? I get that part. We can't feel for everyone and everything all the time. We'd die of fear or sorrow a hundred times a day. The thing is, it's gotten so we flick the switch off like it's nothing. And, more often than not, we forget to turn it back on.
    -- Alissa York

    #Rivers #Sorrow #Survival

  • Manz, formerly one of Zwingli's closest allies, held that there was no biblical warrant for infant baptism. Refusing to recant his views, he was tied up and drowned in the River Limmat.
    -- Alister E. McGrath

    #Biblical #Views #Rivers

  • In my version of paradise, the air was always cold and the rivers ran with candy.
    -- Amanda Lindhout

    #Air #Rivers #Paradise

  • Insanity makes the rivers flow.
    -- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

    #Rivers #Insanity #Flow

  • I don't believe in symbolic gods.I believe that god exists all around us.In the flow of the river,in the rustle of the trees,in the whisper of the winds. He speaks to us all the time.all we need to do is listen.
    -- Amish Tripathi

    #Believe #Wind #Rivers

  • Thin ribbons of fear snake bluely through you like a system of rivers. We need a cloudburst or soothing landscape fast, to still this panic. Maybe a field of dracaena, or a vast stand of sugar pines—generous, gum-yielding trees—to fill our minds with vegetable wonder and keep dread at bay.
    -- Amy Gerstler

    #Snakes #Rivers #Vegetables

  • I would like to go for a ride with you, have you take me to stand before a river in the dark where hundreds of lightning bugs blink this code in sequence: right here, nowhere else! Right now, never again!
    -- Amy Hempel

    #Dark #Rivers #Lightning

  • I only met Joan Rivers once. But when she passed away, it felt like a part of me went away, too.
    -- Amy Schumer

    #Rivers #Passed Away #Mets

  • If one wants to get a boat ride, one must be near the river.
    -- Anchee Min

    #Opportunity #Rivers #Want

  • ...a river season will last as long as it takes you to reach your new place. If you get into the river and let it take you where you need to be, your river season will last an afternoon. But if you fear change and struggle and hold on to the rocks, the river season will last and last. It will not end until your body becomes exhausted, your grip weakens, your hands slide off the rocks and the current takes you to your new place.
    -- Andrew Kaufman

    #Struggle #Rivers #Rocks

  • I trust the mystery. I trust what comes in silence and what comes in nature where there's no diversion. I think the lack of stimulation allows us to hear and experience a deeper river that's constant, still, vibrant, and real. And the process of deep listening with attention and intention catalyzes and mobilizes exactly what's needed at that time.
    -- Angeles Arrien

    #Real #Thinking #Rivers

  • Isn't it strange how life won't flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?
    -- Anita Desai

    #Moving #Rivers #Flow

  • Most of the contract people at MGM stayed and stayed and stayed. Why? Because the studio looked after them. Warner Brothers wouldn't - they were always spanking somebody or selling them down the river.
    -- Ann Rutherford

    #Brother #Rivers #People

  • When there is a river in your growing up, you probably always hear it
    -- Ann Zwinger

    #Growing Up #Rivers #Growing

  • This cruel age has deflected me, like a river from this course. Strayed from its familiar shores, my changeling life has flowed into a sister channel. How many spectacles I've missed: the curtain rising without me, and falling too. How many friends I never had the chance to meet.
    -- Anna Akhmatova

    #Fall #Rivers #Age

  • My love is such that Rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee, give recompence. Thy love is such I can no way repay, The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
    -- Anne Bradstreet

    #Famous Love #Love Is #Rivers

  • Knowing you are alive is watching on every side your generation's short time falling away as fast as rivers drop through air, and feeling it hit.
    -- Annie Dillard

    #Fall #Rivers #Knowing

  • I didn't set fire to the building." "No, but you did pull it into the river." "That put the fire out!
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Fire #Rivers #Building

  • How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Rivers #Water #Flow

  • Rumor, once started, rushes on like a river, until it mingles with, and is lost in the sea.
    -- Antoine Rivarol

    #Sea #Rivers #Rumor

  • These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Teacher #Book #Rivers

  • Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Men #Land #Rivers

  • They also live Who swerve and vanish in the river.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Rivers #Swerve

  • There is an immense trout in Loch Awe in Scotland, which is so voracious, and swallows his own species with such avidity, that he has obtained the name 'Salmo Ferox'. I pull about this unnatural monster till he is tired, land him, and administer the coup de grace. Is this cruel? Cruelty should be made of sterner stuff.
    -- Arnold Gingrich

    #Tired #Rivers #Lakes

  • About the only certainty, other than uncertainty, in fly fishing is that a fly won't catch fish if it stays in its box.
    -- Arnold Gingrich

    #Rivers #Lakes #Sea

  • Jazz, I mean, music will always move, because it can't become stagnant. Because if it becomes stagnant, it's like a river, it'll kill us all. It has to keep moving, music will always flow.
    -- Art Blakey

    #Moving #Mean #Rivers

  • Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away.
    -- Arthur Golden

    #Giving Up #Rivers #Dams

  • In the instant before the door opened, I could almost sense my life expanding just like a river whose waters have begun to swell; for I had never before taken such a drastic step to change the course of my own future. I was like a child tiptoeing along a precipice overlooking the sea. And yet somehow I hadn't imagined a great wave might come and strike me there, and wash everything away.
    -- Arthur Golden

    #Children #Taken #Rivers

  • As I descended into impassable rivers I no longer felt guided by the ferrymen.
    -- Arthur Rimbaud


  • Instead of a river, God often gives us a brook, which may be running today and dried up tomorrow. Why? To teach us not to rest in our blessings, but in the blesser Himself.
    -- Arthur W. Pink

    #Running #Blessing #Rivers

  • May in Ayemenem is a hot, brooding month. The days are long and humid. The river shrinks and black crows gorge on bright mangoes in still, dustgreen trees. Red bananas ripen. Jackfruits burst. Dissolute bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die, fatly baffled in the sun.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Air #Rivers #Long

  • Only when you have crossed the river can you say that the crocodile has a lump on his snout.
    -- Ashanti

    #Rivers #Stupidity #Crocodiles

  • I cried a river of tears but he was too heavy to float on them. So I dragged him with me these years across an ocean.
    -- August Wilson

    #Ocean #Years #Rivers

  • Time moves only forward, never back. We look forward to a moment and then it arrives and an instant later it is gone. Like something on the surface of a river that we reached for but did not touch in time and it carried on, away. You cannot be a prisoner of your past against your will. Because you can only live in the past inside your mind.
    -- Augusten Burroughs

    #Moving #Past #Rivers

  • The church of the elect, which is partly militant on earth, and partly triumphant in heaven, resembles a city built on both sides of a river. There is but the stream of death between grace and glory. Death, to God's people, is but a ferry-boat.
    -- Augustus Toplady

    #Cities #Rivers #People

  • Oh, that river of wishes, the slippery crocodile dream of it, how it might have carried my body down through all the glittering sand bars to the sea.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Dream #Sea #Rivers

  • We are on the Colorado...that means something more to me than thoughts of electrical power or a harnessed river.
    -- Barry Goldwater

    #Mean #Rivers #Colorado

  • To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.
    -- Barry Lopez

    #Hands #Rivers #Water

  • Have we come all this way, I wondered, only to be dismantled by our own technologies, to be betrayed by political connivance or the impersonal avarice of a corporation?
    -- Barry Lopez

    #Technology #Rivers #Political

  • A river of images and thoughts and feelings, dirtied and polluted so that no one could drink from it without gagging.
    -- Barry Lyga

    #Rivers #Feelings #Drink

  • Nothing matters at all. Survival is the coin of the realm. Time is a river with banks.
    -- Barry N. Malzberg

    #Rivers #Survival #Coins

  • The single sculler, alone on the river at dawn, or spotlighted in his lane during a race, is th emost romantic, the most quixotic figure in all rowing.
    -- Barry S. Strauss

    #Race #Rivers #Dawn

  • River is time in water; as it came, still so it flows, yet never is the same.
    -- Barten Holyday

    #Time #Rivers #Water

  • THE HOT (AND SERIOUSLY COOL) ENERGY that comes from the musical gospel preached by the title character of FELA! feels as if it could stretch easily to the borders of Manhattan and then across a river or two. There should be dancing in the streets!
    -- Ben Brantley

    #Character #Two #Rivers

  • Nothing is a courtesy unless it be meant us, and that friendly and lovingly. We owe no thanks to rivers that they carry our boats, or winds that they be favoring and fill our sails, or meats that they be nourishing; for these are what they are necessarily. Horses carry us, trees shade us; but they know it not.
    -- Ben Jonson

    #Horse #Rivers #Wind

  • You are a mischievous one. You will cause no end of trouble. You have to travel many roads before you find the river of your destiny. This life of yours will be full of riddles. You will be protected and you will never be alone.
    -- Ben Okri

    #Destiny #Rivers #Causes

  • In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.
    -- Ben Okri

    #Rivers #World #Hungry

  • The road will never swallow you. The river of destiny will always overcome evil. May you understand your fate. Suffering will never destroy you, but will make you stronger. Success will never confuse you of scatter your spirit, but will make you fly higher into the good sunlight. Your life will always surprise you.
    -- Ben Okri

    #Fate #Destiny #Rivers

  • Eloquence is the child of knowledge. When a mind is full, like a wholesome river, it is also clear.
    -- Benjamin Disraeli

    #Children #Rivers #Mind

  • When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
    -- Benjamin Franklin

    #Rain #Rivers #Water

  • By the time it came to the edge of the Forest, the stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river, and, being grown-up, it did not run and jump and sparkle along as it used to do when it was younger, but moved slowly. For it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, There is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
    -- Benjamin Hoff

    #Running #Rain #Rivers

  • I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.
    -- Benjamin Netanyahu

    #Thinking #Agreement #Rivers

  • The rivers of Grace cannot flow uphill, up the steep cliff of the proud man's heart.
    -- Bernard of Clairvaux

    #Heart #Men #Rivers

  • The best verse hasn't been rhymed yet, The best house hasn't been planned, The highest peak hasn't been climbed yet, The mightiest rivers aren't spanned; Don't worry and fret, faint-hearted, The chances have just begun For the best jobs haven't been started, The best work hasn't been done.
    -- Berton Braley

    #Jobs #Rivers #Worry

  • It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant. It is not brutal, it is not heroic, and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfish.
    -- Beryl Markham

    #Men #Elephants #Rivers

  • In 1846 the prairie town of Oak River existed only in a settler's dream.
    -- Bess Streeter Aldrich

    #Dream #Book #Rivers

  • You know how a river goes on and on? That's my love for you.
    -- Beth Kephart

    #Rivers #My Love For You #Goes On

  • It was the last time she’d see the river from that window. The last time of anything has the poignancy of death itself. This that I see now, she thought, to see no more this way. Oh, the last time how clearly you see everything; as though a magnifying light had been turned on it. And you grieve because you hadn’t held it tighter when you had it every day.
    -- Betty Smith

    #Grieving #Light #Rivers

  • They used to have a fish on the menu that was smoked, grilled and peppered They did everything to this fish but pistol-whip it and dress it in Bermuda shorts.
    -- Bill Geist

    #Rivers #Lakes #Sea

  • The blues is a mighty long road. Or it could be a river, one that twists and turns and flows into a sea of limitless musical potential.
    -- Billy Gibbons

    #Sea #Rivers #Long

  • In the rich world, the environmental situation has improved dramatically. In the United States, the most important environmental indicator, particulate air pollution, has been cut by more than half since 1955, rivers and coastal waters have dramatically improved, and forests are increasing.
    -- Bjorn Lomborg

    #Cutting #Air #Rivers

  • We should understand well that all things are the work of the Great Spirit. We should know the Great Spirit is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and the four-legged and winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as the Spirit intends.
    -- Black Elk

    #Heart #Animal #Rivers

  • Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go.
    -- Blaise Pascal

    #Moving #Rivers #Water

  • Rivers are roads that move and carry us whither we wish to go. [Fr., Les rivieres sont des chemins qui marchant et qui portent ou l'on veut aller.]
    -- Blaise Pascal

    #Moving #Rivers #Wish

  • I've only had one platinum album, and it's 'Red River Blue'.
    -- Blake Shelton

    #Blue #Rivers #Albums