Almost all our favourite European cities are on rivers. Our home in the UK is almost surrounded by the meandering Severn at beautiful Shrewsbury. Rivers attracted ancient settlements with fresh water, natural defence, and often towns grew up around river bridges as markets and centres for travel by road and water. Do you know what is the longest rivers in the world? and what is the longest river in Europe?

I have collected the best Quotes About the River, for you to use as Instagram captions or just read and enjoy them with us.

And while on a quotation roll, here are links to my collections of beautiful quotations about adventurehiking, forestrainbows and rain – do check them all out and enjoy some new angles on our beautiful world.

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Best Quotes about the rivers

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

“Rivers are roads that move and carry us whither we wish to go.” – Blaise Pascal

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov

Short River Quotes

“A river doesn’t just carry water, it carries life.” – Amit Kalantri

“The river was so blue it seemed to be breathing.” – Brian Morton

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

“Hope is a continuous flowing river.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

It’s nice sometimes to be the river rather than the rock.” – Jo Beverley

“Like the river, keep on flowing.” – Avijeet Das

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Gossip, unlike river water, flows both ways.” – Michael Korda

“Sometimes it is impossible to stop the river of life.” – Paulo Coelho

“Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.” – Victor Hugo

“Standing knee deep in a river and dying of thirst.” – Kathy Mattea

“Never test the depth of river with both the feet.” – Warren Buffett

“A river continues to flow despite losing a few drops at each turn.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

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

River quotes perfect as Instargram Captions

“Time is a river without banks.” – Marc Chagall

“Don’t push the river. Just go with it.” – Alysia Reiner

“Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river.” – Cordell Hull

“A river without banks is a large puddle.” – Ken Blanchard

“Only the river is free, always changing but always the same…” – Raymond Sokolov

“Be a river – not a reservoir.” – John C. Maxwell

“The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river.” – Ross Perot

My favourite Quotes about the river

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

“Life is like the river, sometimes it sweeps you gently along and sometimes the rapids come out of nowhere.” – Emma Smith

“I understand that everything is connected, that all roads meet, and that all rivers flow into the same sea.” – Paulo Coelho

“Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river. When the ocean is searching for you, don’t walk into the river. Listen to the ocean.” – Rumi

Like a River Quotes

“Intelligence is like a river: the deeper it is the less noise it makes.” – Unknown

“Be like a river. Be open. Flow.” – Julie Connor

“I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” – John O’Donohue

“Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.” – Lisa See

“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

“We may be floating on Tao, but there is nothing wrong with steering. If Tao is like a river, it is certainly good to know where the rocks are.” – Deng Ming-Dao

“Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid.” – Francis Bacon

“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

Philosophers Quotes About The Rivers

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” – Heraclitus

“Time flows away like the water in the river.” – Confucius

“See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.” – Socrates

“Explore the River of the Soul; whence or in what order you have come.” – Zoroaster

“If a man going down into a river, swollen and swiftly flowing, is carried away by the current – how can he help others across?” – Gautama Buddha

Various river quotes

“Bridges take people across rivers. Leaders take people across ignorance. With a leader, the destination of a journey is sure.” – Israelmore Ayivor

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river Is a strong brown god—sullen, untamed and intractable.” – T.S. Eliot

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

“The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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

“Every man has a river on his mind: The River of Thoughts! But not every man has a holy river on his mind: The River of Right Thoughts!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“It is always easy to flow with the river and to run with the wind! But glory and honour are often not found in easy things!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“Rivers don’t drink their own waters; trees don’t eat their own fruits. The salt seasons the soup in order to have its purpose fulfilled. Live for others!” – Israelmore Ayivor

“The river has great wisdom and whispers its secrets to the hearts of men.” – Mark Twain

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson

“He who does not know his way to the sea should take a river for his guide.” – Blaise Pascal

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Love river quotes

“Don’t push the river, it will flow. Don’t push the love, it will grow.” – Unknown

“Love is the river of life in the world.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Love without trust is a river without water.” – Harbhajan Singh Yogi

“Love is a river. Drink from it.” – Rumi

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

“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

Proverbs About Rivers

“No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow.”— African Proverb

Time is a river of passing events — a rushing torrent. — Greek Proverbs

You cannot cross a river without getting wet. — Zulu Proverb

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.— Indian Proverb

The man is a river, the woman a lake. — Kurdish Proverb

Throw him into the river and he will come up with a fish in his mouth. — Arabian Proverb

Longer River Quotes

“Ask the river, where it comes from? You will get no answer. Ask the river, where is it going? You will get no answer, because the river lives inside this very moment; neither in the past nor in the future, in this very moment only!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lao Tzu

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.” – Norman Maclean

“The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands; even this may be the eventful year, which will drown out all our muskrats. It was not always dry land where we dwell.” – Henry David Thoreau

“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

“The river was beautiful and wise. There were the two of them being happy in a new way. For here, there was no man, no woman, no master, no yellow, no black, no white. We, we who were, we are the same no longer.” – David Paul Kirkpatrick

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.  I am haunted by waters.” ― Norman Maclean

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