I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big successes. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water, yet which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of human pride.
William James (1842 - 1910)
Source: The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, Pages: 197
Water is clearly vital for life. What is perhaps more surprising is that water plays a crucial role in lubricating the motion of plates - without it there would be no plate techtonics. So water quickens life and the Earth itself.
Source: Earth Story: The Shaping of Our World, Pages: 9
As the smallest drop of water detached from the ocean contains all the qualities of the ocean, so man, detached in consciousness from the Infinite, contains within him its likeness; and as the drop of water must, by the law of its nature, ultimately find its way back to the ocean and lose itself in its silent depths, so must man, by the unfailing law of his nature, at last return to his source, and lose himself in the great ocean of the Infinite.