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.

The still waters of a lake reflect the beauty around it. When the mind is still, the beauty of the Self is seen reflected in it.     

B.K.S. Iyengar

I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.     

C.S. Lewis

When you’re young you think that you’re going to sail into a lovely lake of quietude and peace. This is profoundly untrue.     

Doris Lessing

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.     

Hamlin Garland

When you’re working on a lake and it’s dark and cold out and you can’t see what’s underwater, it is freaking scary!     

Jessica Szohr

Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.     

Lao Tzu

I’m terrified to go in lakes because you can’t see the bottom, and not knowing what’s there watching you is really scary to me.     

Sara Paxton

I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.     

Steven Tyler

The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.     

Georges Simenon

This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.     


If there are ripples on the surface of a lake, we cannot see the depth. Similarly unless the mind is restful, we cannot experience the harmony and union within us.     

Sri Ravi Shankar

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.     

Wallace Stevens

Becoming a lake has put a lot of things in perspective for me.     

Heather Christle

Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.     

Laurie Kahn

The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.     

Virginia Woolf

The world of water has a way of perpetuating myths and shrouding lakes in mystery.     

Fennel Hudson

A little tranquil lake is more significant to my life than any big city in the world.     

Munia Khan

I will arise and go now, for always night and day / I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore; / While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey, / I hear it in the deep heart’s core.     

William Butler Yeats

You are a broad white lake, / Silent. / On your surface people launch their brown sun-warmed souls. / Reflected in you, they see themselves / Tall, profound, mystical.     

Nelson Antrim Crawford