It is impossible to step into the same river twice.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Diels-Kranz, fr. 91 (from Plutarch).
Heraclitus, one of the two or three most influential philosophers before Socrates, was known as "the riddler" or "the obscure.")
The river of sludge will go on and on. It isn't about me.
(Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994), U.S. editor and former First Lady of the United States. As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 33 (August 30, 1994).
In 1992, on being asked how she dealt with the constant stream of tabloid stories that were written about her. She was the widow of assassinated United States President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).)
Then they seen it, the old Missouri River shinin' in the moon and across it the lights of St. Louis.
(Dudley Nichols (1895-1960), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Narrator (uncredited), The Big Sky, Jim Deakins (Kirk Douglas) and his companions, Zeb Calloway (Arthur Hunnicut) and Boone Caudell (Dewey Martin), approach the Missouri River (1952).
From The Novel by A.P. Gu.)
Politicians are the same all over: they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
(Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Soviet premier. quoted in New York Herald-Tribune (Aug. 22, 1963).
Khrushchev is earlier reported to have uttered these words at a press conference, Oct. 1960, Glen Cove, New York.)
A reaction: a boat which is going against the current but which does not prevent the river from flowing on.
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)