160 Waterfall Quotes for the perfect Instagram caption (+15 originals!) ⋆ We Dream of Travel Blog

160 Waterfall Quotes for the perfect Instagram caption (+15 originals!)

WRITTEN BY: Sophie Clapton, Waterfall chaser.
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Waterfall Wednesday has become a widely accepted day on social media due to the undeniable, universal appreciation for their beauty. Whether you are in need of waterfall quotes for your Instagram captions, tattoos, homework, or just want to be inspired, you are in the right place.

Not only have we scoured the internet for the best quotes on waterfalls, but we have also come up with a list of our own original falls quotes that you will not find anywhere else. On top of that, we have created beautiful visual overlays featuring our travel photography from all over the world.

We hope you find what you are looking for, hopefully without getting that TLC song stuck in your head along the way!

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Original Waterfall Quotes

Everywhere we looked, we found the same quotes used over and over again. Worse yet, some were not even about waterfalls! Below is a list of original waterfall quotes guaranteed to be unique to this guide.

  1. “Amazing how a thundering water can be so violent, and calming at once.” – We Dream of Travel
  2. “The only thing better than waterfalls and sunsets are waterfalls at sunset.” – We Dream of Travel
  3. “Waterfalls are a funny thing. The only difference between an ordinary river and a major tourist attraction is that 10 foot drop.” – We Dream of Travel
  4. “I know all the words, but still have no idea what it means to chase waterfalls nor why I shouldn’t do it.” – We Dream of Travel
  1. “The golden light of the setting sun disguised the falls in fire as it poured over the granite cliffs of Yosemite.” – We Dream of Travel (specific to Firefalls)
  2. “Waterfalls are the pirouettes of a river’s dance.” – We Dream of Travel
  3. “Waterfalls are the bacon of landscape photography; there’s nothing they don’t make better.” – We Dream of Travel
  4. “There’s nothing like the sound of a waterfall to drown out a noisy world.” – We Dream of Travel
  1. “Kissed by mist.” – We Dream of Travel
  2. “The sound of a waterfall is nature’s lullaby.” – We Dream of Travel
  3. “When you say “Waterfall”, I hear “Wonderful”.” – We Dream of Travel
  4. “It’s a waterfall life.” (wonderful life) – We Dream of Travel
  1. “It’s no coincidence that every depiction of paradise seems to include a waterfall…” – We Dream of Travel
  2. “Why do people love waterfall jokes? Because they always make a splash.” – We Dream of Travel
  3. “Not another waterfall!!” said No Traveler Ever… (ok, maybe Lewis and Clark) – We Dream of Travel

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Famous Quotes About Waterfalls

This section highlights some of the most famous falls quotes you will hear. If you are looking for something timeless and profound, this is the section for you.

  1. “I can see my rainbow calling me through the misty breeze of my waterfall.” – Jimi Hendrix
  2. “A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  3. “Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself”! – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  4. “The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.” – Bruce Lee
  5. “When you’re young, there’s so much that you can’t take in. It’s pouring over you like a waterfall. When you’re older, it’s less intense, but you’re able to reach out and drink it. I love being older.” – Sigourney Weaver
  1. “There’s no better place to find yourself than sitting by a waterfall and listening to its music.” – Roland R Kemler
  2. “There’s music in water. Brooks babbling, fountains splashing. Weirs, waterfalls, tumbling, gushing.” – Julie Andrews
  3. “A drop of water, if it could write out its own history, would explain the universe to us.” – Lucy Larcom
  4. “And down the waterfall, wherever it may take me, I know that life won’t break me when I come to call.” – Robbie Williams, “Angels”

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Short Waterfall Captions for Instagram

Are you here looking for a #WaterfallWednesday quote for IG? Below are our favorite short and sweet Instagram captions that deliver a punch in less than 10 words. When it comes to social media captions, less is often more.

  1. “Like a river, life doesn’t flow backwards.” 
  2. “Happily chasing waterfalls.”
  3. “Just go with the flow.
  4. “I am like a waterfall; wild and free.”
  5. “Happiness comes in rushes.”
  6. “Paradise found.”
  1. “Advice from a waterfall: Make a splash!”
  2. “Water your roots so your soul can blossom.”
  3. “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
  4. “There is nothing more magical than a waterfall.”
  5. “Tripping on skies, sipping on waterfalls.”
  6. Not every paradise is tropical.
  7. “Waterfalls are nature’s waterslide.”
  1. “Gone chasing waterfalls. Be back never.”
  2. ”Streaming now on Netflix…”
  3. “Good to the last drop.”
  4. Deamflum (n.) – The dreamy and calm-like state experienced while listening to a natural waterfall.
  5. “Lessons from a waterfall – Keep moving, and you will eventually get over it.”
  6. Dreams are made of trails and waterfalls.”

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Funny Waterfall Quotes and Puns

Not every waterfall quote has to be “deep”. While they are majestic and often spiritual, they can also be a lot of fun! These funny falls quotes focus on the silly side of things. So as soon as you’re done groaning about that first pun, we can “dive” right in 🙂

  1. “I would caption this with a waterfall pun but that’s too mainstream.” 
  2. “I’ve never mist a chance to see a waterfall.”
  3. “Falling in love with this place.”
  4. Water you looking at?” 
  5. “It’s all water over the falls.”
  1. “Enjoying nature’s shower.”
  2. “These waterfalls have me roaring with excitement.”
  3. “I really mist you.”
  4. “Just gushing with joy.”
  5. “I just heard a joke about a waterfall. It was a pour joke.”
  6. “In America, one sure sign of success is the presence of an unnecessary waterfall in a person’s yard.” – Demetri Martin
  1. “Sorry, TLC. I chased the waterfall.”
  2. “When God takes a shower, waterfalls come to life around the world. When I take a shower, my hair usually clogs the drain.” – Anthony T. Hincks
  3. “Canoe + Waterfall = I don’t go camping anymore.” – Demetri Martin
  4. I’m not going to water this down for you.
  5. ”What do you call a dried up waterfall? Water fell.”

Short Waterfall Quotes

  1. “A strong person and a waterfall always carve their own path”
  2. “The waterfall winks at every passerby.” – Marty Rubin
  3. “When water falls, it flies.” – Anthony T. Hincks
  4. “A river that forgets its source will surely dry up.” – Yoruba Proverb
  5. “Let this waterfall wash over me.” 
  6. “Great things are over every fall and around every bend.”
  1. “You don’t always get the waterfall shortcut in Mario Kart. That’s life.” – Jack Barakat
  2. “Our lives flow like water in a waterfall.”
  3. “Surrender to the flow.” – Mike Gordon
  4. “Tell your dream to the waterfall.” – Sellale
  5. “Every teardrop is a waterfall.” – Coldplay
  6. “There’s a waterfall of content that you’re missing out on.” – Steve Chen
  7. “Grace be the waterfall in the wild of my mind.” 

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Waterfall Love Quotes

There is something undeniably romantic about sitting beside a waterfall with someone you love. The water pours through like music of Mother Nature in a serene setting that could be mistaken for paradise… what could be better?

Below is a collection of our favorite waterfall love quotes to share with that special someone.

  1. “Your love is like a waterfall, running wild and free.” – Chris Tomlin
  2. “Romance often begins by a splashing waterfall and ends over a leaky sink.” – Ellen DeGeneres
  3. “Love like water, searching for the sea. Love like time, searching for meaning. Love like all that was, and ever will be.” – Gregory David Roberts, The Mountain Shadow (2015)
  4. “All anyone can hope is just a tiny bit of love, like a drop in a cup if you can get it, or a waterfall, a flood, if you can get that too.” – Edwidge Danticat
  5. “I love you like a river that understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and to rest in the shallows.” Paulo Coelho
  6. I shift an infinitesimal movement towards him. It is like the leap from a waterfall. I do not know, until then, what I am going to do. – Madeline Miller
  1. “I’m falling for you!”
  2. “She dares me to pour myself out like a living waterfall. She dares me to enter the soul that is more than my own; she extinguishes fear in mere seconds. She lets light come through.” – Virginia Woolf
  3. “Kiss me under a waterfall.”
  4. “When you are outpouring your emotion, it is like me trying to climb up a waterfall. To get to you. But if you are calm and have faith in me, I can sail right over to you. On the still waters of your soul.” – Kate McGahan
  5. “I’m just like a waterfall falling, falling for you again.” – Meghan Trainor
  6. “The fall of your hair is rushing through my head like elegant waterfalls repeatedly dancing down into an open riverbed.” – Curtis Tyrone Jones

Nature Quotes About Waterfalls

Perhaps it is because most waterfalls are found deep in the woods that we cannot help but associate them with wilderness, solitude, and the environment. This section showcases some of the best nature quotes about waterfalls that give praise to Mother Nature for her infinite artistry.

  1. “Mother Nature is the greatest artist and water is one of her favorite brushes.” – Rico Besserdich
  2. “Water is the driver of nature.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
  3. “I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.” – Anne Frank
  4. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. “We are all naturally seekers of wonders. We travel far to see the majesty of old ruins, the venerable forms of the hoary mountains, great waterfalls, and galleries of art. And yet the world’s wonder is all around us; the wonder of setting suns, and evening stars, of the magic spring-time, the blossoming of the trees, the strange transformations of the moth.” – Albert Pike
  1. “The waterfall is nature’s laughter.”
  2. “There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall. Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like parting a curtain, you go into it as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.” – Agnes Martin
  3. “Where water is the boss and the land must obey.”
  4. “I need waves. I need waterfalls. I want rushing currents.” – Tahereh Mafi

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Inspirational Quotes About Waterfalls

Maybe you’re looking for some inspiration from waterfalls or just need an inspirational waterfall caption to accompany your Instagram photo – either way these should do the job!

  1. “A waterfall is concerned only with being itself, not with doing something it considers waterfall-like.” – Vernon Howard
  2. “There is a hidden message in every waterfall. It says, if you are flexible, falling will not hurt you.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  3. “Sometimes, it’s hard to tell how fast the current’s moving until you’re headed over a waterfall.” – Kimberly McCreight
  4. “Grace is finding a waterfall when you were only looking for a stream.” – Vanessa Hunt
  5. “Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time? That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.” – Hermann Hesse
  1. “There’s hope at the bottom of the biggest waterfall.” – Patrick Ness
  2. “Young leaves, the sound of a waterfall, heard from far and near.” – Yosa Buson
  3. “We say that life is sweet, its satisfactions deep. All this we say, as we sleepwalk our time through years of days and nights. We let time cascade over us like a waterfall, believing it to be never-ending. Yet each day that touches us, and every man in the world is unique; irredeemable; over. And just another Monday.” – Josephine Hart
  4. “I feel like water that transforms from a flowing river to a tranquil lake to a powerful waterfall to a freshwater spring to a meandering creek to a salty sea to raindrops gentle on your face to hard, stinging hail to frost on a mountaintop, and back to a river again.” – María Virginia Farinango
  5. “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Motivational Waterfall Quotes for Instagram

Need something more inspirational? Below are some uplifting quotes about waterfalls.

  1. “Waterfalls wouldn’t sound so melodious if there were no rocks in their way.” – Rishabh Gautam
  2. “Run wild and free like a waterfall” – Anamika Mishra
  3. “Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.” – Mikhail Lermontov
  4. “Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.” – Lao Tzu
  5. “Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
  6. “The fall of dropping water wears away the stone.” – Lucretius
  1. “A river cuts through a rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins
  2. “You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles. You carry within you the power to make the world better.” – Sharon G. Larsen
  3. “When life places stones in your path, be the water. A persistent drop of water will wear away even the hardest stone.” – Autumn Morning Star
  4. “I am like a drop of water on a rock. After drip, drip, dripping in the same place, I begin to leave a mark, and I leave my mark in many people’s hearts.” – Rigoberta Menchu
  5. “Drink the waters meant to drown you.” – Nelou Keramati

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Quotes About Waterfalls and Life

There are many ways that waterfalls can be used as metaphors for our lives. It’s a long journey from the mountains to the sea and along the way are plenty of rises and falls. It is persistence that allows them to endure, and it is no wonder that there are so many quotes comparing waterfalls and life.

  1. “It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” – Nicholas Sparks
  2. “A waterfall cannot be silent, just as wisdom. When they speak, the voice of power speaks.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  3. “Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.” – Sheng-yen
  4. “Do not feel sad for your tears, as rocks never regret the waterfalls.” – Munia Khan
  5. “Just as a waterfall grows slower and more lightly suspended as it plunges down, so the great man of action tends to act with greater calmness than his tempestuous desires prior to the deed would lead one to expect.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. “They say that people who live next to waterfalls don’t hear the water.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
  1. “Life is like a waterfall. It is always moving and there is always an uneven flow to it.”
  2. “The vast waterfall of history pours down, and a few obituarists fill teacups with the stories.” – Marilyn Johnson
  3. “And when you hear the sound of the waterfall coming nearer and nearer, tidy up the boat, put on your best tie and hat, and smoke a cigar right up till the moment you go over. That’s a triumph.” – Ray Bradbury
  4. “The ordinary-sized stuff which is our lives, the things people write poetry about – clouds, daffodils, waterfalls, what happens in a cup of coffee when the cream goes in – these things are full of mystery, as mysterious to us as the heavens were to the Greeks.” – Tom Stoppard
  5. “After we are separated by birth from this oneness, as the water falling from the waterfall is separated by the wind and rocks, then we have feeling. You have difficulty because you have feeling. You attach to the feeling you have without knowing just how this kind of feeling is created.” – Shunryu Suzuki

Peaceful Waterfall Quotes

If you tell someone to imagine a waterfall and express what they are feeling in one word, that word is most likely to be a synonym of “peaceful”. Even the most forceful cascades bring a contrasting sense of serenity. Below are our favorites quotes that encapsulate the essence of waterfalls.

  1. “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.” – Margaret Atwood
  2. “There is a waterfall in every dream. Cool and crystal clear, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul.” – Virginia Alison
  3. “Another way to look at meditation is to view thinking itself as a waterfall, a cascading of thought. In cultivating mindfulness, we are going beyond or behind our thinking, much the way you might find a vantage point in a cave or depression in the rock behind a waterfall. We still see and hear the water, but we are out of the torrent.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  4. “When I was walking in the mountains with the Japanese man and began to hear the water, he said, ‘What is the sound of the waterfall?’ ‘Silence,’ he finally told me.” – Jack Gilbert
  1. “The sound of water is worth more than all the poets words.” – Octavio Paz
  2. “I keep my gratitude in my smile, a glistening waterfall in the sun.” – Sanober Khan
  3. “With meditation, I found a ledge above the waterfall of my thoughts.” – Mary Pipher
  4. “For an instant, silence, noisier than a waterfall.” – Salman Rushdie
  5. “Look for yourself in the waterfall – still for just a moment before moving on again.”

Powerful Waterfall Quotes and Sayings

In contrast to the previous section, here we highlight our favorite quotes that focus on the other trait of many waterfalls; their power!

  1. “The power of a waterfall is nothing but a lot of drips working together.”
  2. “My desert soul erupts with turquoise water, floods and cascades and waterfalls rushing in around my stone, swirling and eddying around my rocky parts, pushing and reshaping and filling every hidden dark spot.” – Kiersten White
  3. “Be careful crossing the waterfall, it’s a fatal spot.” – Karl Meltzer
  4. “We made our way to the very edge of the cliff and looked down. We could hear the water dashing, splashing, and roaring as if angry at the small space through which it was forced to pass.” – Sallie Hester
  1. “You do not drown simply by plunging into the water, you only drown if you stay beneath the surface.” – Paulo Coelho
  2. “No matter how powerful a waterfall is, it cannot be heard from far away because all waterfalls are local. If you want the whole world to hear you, take a universal position where all can see you, just like the Moon, just like the Sun.” – Mehmet Murat ildan
  3. “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” – Mel Brooks
  4. “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” – Mike May

Chasing Waterfalls Quotes and Captions

Thanks in large part to the 90s pop band TLC, few people can even hear the word “waterfall” without thinking of chasing them. If you are looking for falls quotes with a bit of wanderlust weaved in, you will find the best of the best here.

  1. “Go wherever you feel most alive.”
  2. “The point is that when I see a sunset or a waterfall or something, for a split second it’s so great, because for a little bit I’m out of my brain, and it’s got nothing to do with me.” – Chris Evans
  3. “It was more than just the gentle tumble of the waterfall, or the wind or the sound of birds. It was much, much more he knew. He looked about him and he knew he had found what he had been looking for.” – Michael Delaware
  1. “As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing.” – John Muir
  2. “We would no longer pass sweet breezy days in our sleek tent, in mossy hills and sun, showering in waterfalls. That era was now our memory, a shared dream.” – Aspen Matis
  3. “Once we have tasted far streams, touched the gold, found some limit beyond the waterfall, a season changes, and we come back changed but safe, quiet, grateful.” – William Stafford
  4. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls; Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to.” – TLC 

Beautiful Quotes About Falls

If you are searching for waterfall quotes that are a bit more poetic, there are plenty to choose from! This section is all about the beauty and romance of waterfalls.

  1. “When the moonlight and the waterfall come together, all other things fade from the scene!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  2. “Emerald slopes became so tall they touched the clouds, and showers painted diamond waterfalls that sluiced down cliff sides.” – Victoria Kahler
  3. “God is discovered entirely through creation – the brilliance of a sunset, the powerful roar of a waterfall, the symphony of sounds you hear in the heart of the forest, or the vastness of spaces and its countless stars” – Benjamin F Sullivan
  1. “Waterfalls are exciting because they have power, they have rainbows, they have songs, and they have boldness and craziness!” – Mehmet Murat ildan
  2. “Look with open eyes, and you will see the beauty of the waterfall.” – Anthony Hincks
  3. “Above them, a waterfall tumbled from a clifftop as high as a church steeple. The water fell in milky blue strands, shooting spray in the air that danced in rainbows of gold, pink, and blue.” – Martine Bailey
  4. “Under the waterfall, take your time, I don’t mind if we stay in the rain. These liquid skies will show the way.” – The Anever

A Few Last Falls Quotes and Sayings!

  1. “Just let go – and fall like a little waterfall.” – Bob Ross
  2. “Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
  3. “Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.” – Annie Dillard
  1. “Make memories one waterfall at a time.”
  2. “While people are struggling unhappily in the cities against the cruel authorities, a waterfall happily and cheerfully flows in the nature; there is happiness only if there is freedom!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
  3. “By the time we arrived, as evening was approaching, I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long.” – Arthur Golden
  4. ”It was a world of acts, and words had no more influence on acts than the sound of a waterfall has on the flow of the stream.” – Kim Stanley

Final Thoughts on the 160+ Best Waterfall Quotes

It comes as no surprise that many great writers and poets and thinkers have so much to say about waterfalls! There is simply some kind of primal connection to the wildness of these powerful and tranquil cascades alike.

We hope you have enjoyed this collection of the best waterfall quotes and our photos as well. If you would like to use any of our graphics, please let us know in the comments below! Likewise, we would love to hear any favorites that we have missed!

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