35+ Quotes About Rivers and Streams

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The continuous flow of water through rivers makes for some perfect metaphors about life. Here are 35+ inspiring river quotes and quotes about rivers and streams.

There are many reasons to love rivers. They are beautiful and mesmerizing, they help us grow and develop, and they can be a source of life-saving water. They can also create a sense of community, and help create a place to live.

The following quotes and ideas about rivers and streams will inspire you to remember that rivers are not only a part of nature, but an important part of life.

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35+ Quotes About Rivers and Streams | Rivers Quotes

“Rivers flow not past, but through us; tingling, vibrating, exciting every cell and fiber in our bodies, making them sing and glide.” – John Muir

“A river is water is its loveliest form; rivers have life and sound and movement and infinity of variation, rivers are veins of the earth through which the lifeblood returns to the heart.” – Roderick Haig-Brown

“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“The air moves like a river and carries the clouds with it; just as running water carries all the things that float upon it.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“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

“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“We call everything a river here. We are that kind of people.” – Richard Brautigan

“The river is one of my favorite metaphors, the symbol of the great flow of Life Itself. The river begins at Source, and returns to Source, unerringly. This happens every single time, without exception. We are no different.” – Jeffrey R. Anderson

“She was the river, and the river had nothing to be ashamed of.” – Rachel Hartman

“The wise man knows that it is better to sit on the banks of a remote mountain stream than to be emperor of the whole world.” – Zhuangzi

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of Love. Along that river is the tree of heaven.” – David Paul Kirkpatrick

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“The river moves, but it follows a path. When it tires of one journey, it rubs through some rock to forge a new way. Hard work, but that’s its nature.” – Kekla Magoon

“Just as a drop of water in the ocean cannot avail much; but if a great river runneth into it, that maketh a great commotion.” – Jakob Bohme

“You can’t be unhappy in the middle of a big, beautiful river.” – Jim Harrison

“Every day we’re given a choice: We can relax and float in the direction that the water flows, or we can swim hard against it. If we go with the river, the energy of a thousand mountain streams will be with us . . . if we resist the river, we will feel rankled and tired as we tread water, stuck in the same place.” – Elizabeth Lesser | Quotes Compiled by Resilient

“May the river of love always flow from its own lap.” – Suman Pokhrel

“As the river surrenders itself to the ocean, what is inside me moves inside you.” – Kabir

“When the river meets the ocean, the memories of the river meet the memories of the ocean. These two different worlds have many stories to tell each other!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“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 Culbreath Noel

“The river has taught me to listen; you will learn from it, too. The river knows everything; one can learn everything from it. You have already learned from the river that it is good to strive downwards, to sink, to seek the depths.” – Herman Hesse

“Time is a river sweeping away all that is born towards the darkest shore.” – Félix J. Palma

“Indeed the river is a perpetual gala, and boasts each month a new ornament.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars.” – Edward Abbey

“The river in front of her was black. She thought it contained many things.” – Gisele Prassinos

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” – A.A. Milne

“Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife and trees and plants of every sort. We are a nation rich in rivers.” – Charles Kuralt

“To put your hands in a river is to feel the chords that bind the earth together.” – Barry Lopez

“The care of rivers is not a question of rivers but of the human heart.” – Shozo Tanaka

“Just let your love flow like a mountain stream / And let your love grow.” – Lawrence Eugene Williams

“Despite the ferocity of the current, a river is always moving but it’s always in the same place. And much like a river, while we should surge forward with great ferocity, our principles should never move.” – Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Beyond what we wish / and what we fear may happen / we have another life, / as clear and free as a mountain stream.” – Rumi

“Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?” That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.” – Herman Hesse

“The hard path is often the right one. The river teaches more than the shore.” – Maxime Lagacé

“A dream is like a river ever changing as it flows and a dreamer’s just a vessel that must follow where it goes.” – Garth Brooks

A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” – Laura Gilpin

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