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Quotations; Water

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'A bridge over troubled water' Anon

'Blood is thicker than water'.Anon

' Blown out of the water' Anon
'Come hell or high water' Anon
''Dead in the water' Anon

'Come hell or high water' Anon

''Dead in the water' Anon

'Like a fish out of water' Anon

'A little water clears us of this deed'William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Macbeth. 68'

A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock, and go to the bottom; a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water' Fisher Ames (1758-1808) House of Representatives 1795'

And God spake all these words, saying,I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.Thou shalt have no other gods before me.Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant. Nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blest the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.Thou shalt not steal.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. The Bible, Exodus 20.1'

If you fail to 'keep your head above water', you may find yourself 'in hot water' or 'deep water' Anon

And Noah he often said to his wife when he sat down to dine, I don't care where the water goes if it doesn't get into the wine'G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Wine and Water' A single life doth well with churchmen, for charity will hardly water the ground where it must first fill a pool'.Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

The Cataract of Lodore' But somewhere, beyond space and time, Is wetter water, slimier slime!' Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

The Hill 'But what a woman says to her lusting lover it is best to write in wind and swift-flowing water"Sed mulier cupido quod dicit amanti.In vento et rapida scribere aportet aqua'Catullus (87-54?)

'Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities'The Bible Timothy 23Dripping water hollows out a stone, a ring is worn away by use."Gutta cavat lapidem, consumitur anulus usu".Epistulae Ex Ponto, 11.ix,47; Ovid (43 BC-17 AD)

'Feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.And Micaiah said, If thou return at all in peace, the Lord hath not spoken by me.The Bible Kings 1. 27'

Fhairshon had a son, Who married Noah's daughter, And nearly spoiled ta Flood, By trinking up ta water: Which he would have done, I at least pelieve it, Had the mixture peen Only half Glenlivet' W. E. Aytoun (1813-1865) The Execution of Montrose

'For any ceremonial purposes the otherwise excellent liquid, water, is unsuitable in colour and other respects' A.P. Herbert (1890-1971) Uncommon Law (1935) p.272.

'For we needs must die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person.rnThe Bible Kings 1 14:14

'From the waterfall he named her, Minnehaha, Laughing Water. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) iv. Hiawatha and Mudjekeewis

'Gr-r-r- there go, my heart's abhorrence!rnWater your damned flower-pots, do!rnElizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloisterrn

'He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish ' (Jael) The Bible Judges 25'

He bored with his augur, he bored once and twice, And some were playing cards, and some were playing dice, When the water flowed in it dazzled their eyes, And she sank by the Low-lands low. He'd be sharper than a serpent's tooth, if he wasn't as dull as ditch water' (Fanny Cleaver)rnCharles Dickens (1812-1870) Our Mutual Friend Ch. 10

'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'. John Keats (1795-1821) Epitaph. Lord Houghton

If you believe Cratinus from days of old, Maecenas, (as you must know) no verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water'. 'Prisco si credis, Maecenas docte, Cratino, Nulla placere diu nec vivere carmina possunt Quae scribuntur aquae potoribus'. Horace (65-8 BC).

'In the bleak mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow. In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

'I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely'. The Bible Revelation 6

'I will not look upon the quick'ning sun,But straight her beauty to my sense shall run;The air shall note her soft, the fire most pure; Water suggest her clear, and the earth sure; Time shall not lose our passages; the spring How fresh our love was in the beginning; The summer how it ripened in the ear; And autumn, what our golden harvests were.The winter I'll not think on to spite thee, But count it a lost season, so shall she'. John Donne (1571?-1631) His Parting from Her No.12

'Let the live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation'The Bible Joshua. 9.21

'Lord, Lord! me thought what pain it was to drown: What dreadful noise of water in mime ears! What sights of ugly death within mine eyes! Methought I saw a thousand fearful wracks; A thousand men that fishes gnaw'd upon; wedges of gold; great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalu'd jewels, All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea. Some lay in dead men's skulls; and in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems, That woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by'. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Richard 111. 21

'Love in a hut, with water and a crust, Is - Love, forgive us! - cinders, ashes, dust; Love in a palace is perhaps at last. More grievous torment than a hermit's fast'. John Keats (1795-1821)

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues. We write in water'rnWilliam Shakespeare (1564-1616) Henry V111. 45

'Muddied the water' Anon

'My soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh also longeth after thee: in a barren and dry land where no water is' The Prayer Book 1662 63.2

Not all the water in the rough rude sea Can wash the balm from an anointed king; The breath of worldly men cannot depose The deputy elected by the Lord. For every man that Bolingbroke hath press'd. To lift shrewd steel against our golden crown, for his Richard hath in heavenly pay A glorious angel; if angels fight,Weak men must fall, for heaven still guards the right William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Richard 11, ii.54 Nympha pudica Deum vidit, et erubuit'

'The conscious water saw its God, and blushed' Richard Crashaw (1612?-1649)

'One may not doubt that, somehow, good shall come of water and of mud;rnAnd, sure, the reverent eye must seernA purpose in liquidity. Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) The Hill

'On one side lay the Ocean, and on one Lay a great water, and the moon was full. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) In Memoriam A.H.H (180) L. 179

'Our disputants put me in mind of the skuttle fish, that when he is unable to extricate himself, blackens all the water about him, till he becomes invisible'rnJoseph Addison (1672-1719)

People who habitually drink water become just as good gourmets about water as wine drinkers about wine. For 50 or 60 years of my life, I have drunk only water, and no lover of wine has ever felt the same delight in some Grand Lafitte or Chambertain as I have in a glass of cool spring water whose purity has not been tainted by any earthy salts. Very cold water, even when it has been artificially cooled with ice, acts as an excellent tonic to the stomach without provoking any imitation and indeed calming any which might already have existed ' Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine' 1873 Alexandre Dumas (Pere); translated from the French by Alan and Jane Davidson'

Merses profundo pulchrior evenit' 'Plunge it in deep water: it comes up more beautiful'. Horace (65-8 BC) IV.65

'Pour, varlet, pour the water, The water steaming hot!rnA spoonful for each man of us, Another for the pot!' Barry Pain (1864-1928) Macaulay

' She is a woman, therefore may be woo'd;She is a woman, therefore may be won;rnShe is Lavinia, therefore must be lov'd. What, man! More water glideth by the millrnrn'Stillest streamsrn Oft water fairest meadows, and the bird that flutters least is longest on the wing.William Cowper (1731-1800) Tirocinium 1.929

'That which is now a horse, even with a thought. The rack dislimns, and makes it indistinct, As water is in water. William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Antony and Cleopatra . 9

'The benison of hot water' Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) Heaven

'The King over the water' Anonymous Jacobite Toast. 18th century 'Thou shalt not live within thy meansrnNor on plain water and raw greens.rnIf thou must choose between the chances, choose the odd read The New Yorker, trust in God; and take short views. W. H. Auden (1907-1973)

'Pour oil over troubled waters' Anon

'Still waters run deep' Anon.

'Take - like a duck to water' Anon

'Throw the baby out with the bathwater' Anon

'Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel' The Bible Exodus 49.4

'Water is excellent' Pindar (518-438 BC) Olympian Odes, 1.1

'Water off a duck's back' Anon

'Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where Nor any drop to drink.The very deep did rot: O Christ! That ever this should be! Yea, slimy things did crawl with legs Upon the slimy sea'.Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) The Ancient Mariner

'We'll o'er the water, we'll o'er the sea, We'll o'er the water to Charlie; Come weel, come wo, we'll gather and go, and live or die wi' Charlie. James Hogg (1770-1835)

'Who then to frail mortality shall trust, But limns the water, or but writes in dust' Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

'Water off a duck's back' Anon

'With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow, And with mine own hand wrought to make it grow; and this was all the Harvest that I reap'd - came like water, and like Wind I go 'Edward Fitzgerald (1809-1883)

'Woman is the lesser man, and all thy passions match'd with mine, are as moonlight unto sunlight, and as water unto wine'. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) Locksley Hall 1.151

'You can lead a horse to water, you can't make it drink'.Anon

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