You may have gathered by now that I rather enjoy writing (or typing I suppose is more correct). In fact, I generally find it the best way to express my thoughts. I think a LOT and am a visual person; however the path between my brain and my mouth isn’t always a clear and direct route. When I write down my thoughts though, this seems to flow a lot more clearly (except when one has writer’s block – an awful affliction!) and I am more mistress of the words than when I speak them.

Or so I thought.  A while ago I came across a selection of quotes from various authors, poets, inventors, statesmen and philosophers, all to do with water, or the ocean, or the sea. It was a humbling experience (not that I ever thought that I was author material by a long chalk!) to read the amazing word manipulation and the results it brought. So, on this rather whimsical day, I’d like to share a few with you – hopefully, they may inspire you all to greater things or perhaps, you can simply just enjoy them.

*“Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell: Ding-dong
Hark! now I hear them, – Ding-dong, bell.”

~ William Shakespeare, The Tempest

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

~ Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad

“Water is the driving force in nature.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

“Ah, well, then you’ve never stood on a beach as the waves came crashing in, the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.”

~ Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

“You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him participate in synchronized diving.”

~ Cuthbert Soup, Another Whole Nother Story

and I think it fitting to end this little watery tête-à-tête between you and me, dear reader, with this from one of my favourite poets:

“Dip him in the river who loves water.”

~ William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell


*quotes from a marvellous collection at Good Reads