Quotations About / On: WATER

  • 1.
    The public easily confuses him who fishes in troubled waters with him who draws up water from the depths.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 492, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 262, "Deep Waters and Troubled Waters," (1879).)
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  • 2.
    This is a red wine glass. Can I get my water in a water glass, please?
    (Michael Tolkin, U.S. screenwriter, and Robert Altman. Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins), The Player, having ordered bottled water at a restaurant (1992). Based on Tolkin's novel.)
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  • 3.
    You cannot go into the same water twice.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Cratylus, 402 A....)
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  • 4.
    Friendship and money: oil and water.
    (Mario Puzo, U.S. author, screenwriter, and Francis Ford Coppola, U.S. director, screenwriter. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), The Godfather III, said to the Archbishop after Corleone is informed that the corrupt clergyman is now in charge of the Vatican Bank and wants to do business with his friend Corleone (1990).)
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  • 5.
    Meditation and water are wedded for ever.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 1, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988).)
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  • 6.
    Ships are but boards, sailors but men; there be land-rats and water-rats, water-thieves and land-thieves, I mean pirates, and then there is the peril of waters, winds, and rocks.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Shylock, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 3, l. 22-5. On Antonio's business ventures, his goods sent off on various ships; the heavy-handed joke on "pi-rats" marks Shylock's odd sense of humor.)
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  • 7.
    She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
    (Charles Maurice Talleyrand (1754-1838), French statesman. Quoted in A. Duff Cooper, Talleyrand, ch. 3 (1932). Speaking to Napoleon of Madame de Staël.)
  • 8.
    No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
    (Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 19, l. 2 (22-8 B.C.).)
  • 9.
    ... actors of the first water are not more plentiful than playwrights of genius.
    (Sarah Bernhardt (1845-1923), French actor. The Art of the Theatre, ch. 3 (1924). Written in 1923.)
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  • 10.
    Continental people have sex lives; the English have hot-water bottles.
    (George Mikes (1912-1987), Hungarian-born British humorist. How To Be An Alien, ch. 1, sct. 6 (1946). thirty years later, Mikes referred to this notorious pronouncement: "Things have progressed. Not on the continent, where people still have sex lives; but they have progressed here because the English now have electric blankets. It's a pity that electricity so often fails in this country." (How To Be Decadent, 1977).)
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