Lake Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old lake quotes, lake sayings, and lake proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Talk not of the river or lake, To those who have looked on the sea.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Be calm like a calm lake, then you will look beautiful like a beautiful calm lake!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.     

Henry David Thoreau

So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.     

Edgar Allan Poe

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.      

William Wordsworth

Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with whom they are.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Every lake belongs to the quietness desired by the swans.     

Munia Khan

Some people look like frozen lakes; break the ice, there you will see a lively world!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

The little lake you love is the biggest ocean for you!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.     

unknown

The lake lay like a mirror that some one had breathed upon, the brown islands showing through the mist faintly, with gray shadows falling into the water, blurred at the edges.     

George Moore

Men cannot see their reflection in running water, / but only in still water. Only that which is itself still / can still the seekers of stillness . . . If water derives / lucidity from stillness, how much more the / faculties of the mind! The mind of the sage, being / in repose, becomes the mirror of the universe.     

Zhuangzi

A small pebble stirs the peaceful lake; / The circle mov'd, a circle straight succeeds, / Another still, and still another spreads.     

Alexander Pope

Stand here by my side and turn, I pray, / On the lake below thy gentle eyes; / The clouds hang over it, heavy and gray, / And dark and silent the water lies;     

William Cullen Bryant

Beware of still water, a still dog, and a still enemy.     

Yiddish Proverb

Such a mortal too was Clooth-na-Bare, who went all over the world, seeking a lake deep enough to drown her faery life, of which she had grown weary, leaping from hill to hill, and setting up a cairn of stones wherever her feet lighted, until, at last, she found the deepest water in the world in little Lough Ia, on the top of the bird mountain, in Sligo.     

W.B. Yeats

And the pleased lake, like maiden coy, / Trembled but dimpled not for joy; / The mountain shadows on her breast / Were neither broken nor at rest;     

Walter Scott

Thus up the margin of the lake, / Between the precipice and the brake, / O'er stock and rock their race they take.     

Walter Scott

Alive, we are like a sleek black water beetle. / Skating across still water in any direction / We choose, and soon to be swallowed / Suddenly from beneath.     

Robert Bly

I come into the peace of wild things / who do not tax their lives with forethought / of grief. I come into the presence of still water. / And I feel above me the day-blind stars / waiting for their light.     

Wendell Berry

Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.     

Thomas Love Peacock

Be on your guard against a silent dog and still water.     

Latin Proverb

As swiftly as a reach of still water is crisped by the wind, the rock-strewn ridges and scrub-topped hills were troubled and alive with armed men.     

Rudyard Kipling

Into a gradual calm the breezes sink, / A blue rim borders all the lake's still brink;     

William Wordsworth

And now the whole wide lake in deep repose / Is hush'd, and like a burnish'd mirror glows.     

William Wordsworth

Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.     

Ancient Chinese proverb

When water is still, one's beard and eyelashes are reflected in it. A skilled carpenter uses it in a level to obtain a measurement. If still water is so clear, how much more are the mental faculties!     

Ancient Chinese proverb

The lake still sleeps, still dreams its dream, / Under its bright, cold counterpane.     

Ellen Palmer Allerton

And the sleeping lake lies still as death, / Waveless, mute, by the frozen land.     

Ellen Palmer Allerton

A lake and a fairy boat, / To sail in the moonlight clear, / Where merrily you might float / From the dragons that watch you here!     

Thomas Hood