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Water Words – Quote of the Day

“Africans believe in something that is difficult to render in English. We call it ubuntu botho. It means the essence of being human. You know when it is there and when it is absent. It speaks about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality, putting yourself out on behalf of others, being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South Africa
(Recipient of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize)

Blog Author’s Note: Initially, it might appear that this quotation has little to do with water. But, today, I challenge us all to think of ways.

Desmond Tutu

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quote of the day

Water Words – Quote of the Day


A lake in an Egyptian oasis, photo courtesy of seyerce on flickr.

“Water, thou hast no taste, no color, no odor, canst not be defined, art relished while ever mysterious. Not necessary to life, but rather life itself, thou fillest us with a gratification that exceeds the delight of the senses.”

Antoine de Saint-ExupéryWind, Sand, and Stars 1939