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Perfect Lake Quotes: 140 Lake Sayings for 2023

Sitting by a lake is such a peaceful experience. The world slows down and you can take the time to appreciate the moment. We have gathered our favourite lake quotations and lake sayings that encapsulate the feeling of being at the lake. Choose one from the lake life quotes, funny lake quotes, short lake quotes for Instagram, inspirational lake quotes and even frozen lake quotes.

We have chosen pictures from our travels around the world of our favourite lakes including Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, lakes in the Canadian Rockies, Lake Bled in Slovenia, and lakes on the Tour du Mont Blanc and combined with our favourite quotes about lakes that you can use for inspiration or for a caption on your Instagram post.

We also have other lists of quotes and captions about nature including the sun, sunsets , forests, rivers, trees, mountains, the sea, sunshine and sunrise.

So jump ahead to your favorite category or just scroll through and find your favorite lake quote or lake saying.

Beautiful Lake Quotes

We love these beautiful lake quotes and think that you will too.

  1. “When the mind is silent like a lake the lotus blossoms.” – Amit Ray

2. “When a lake’s doubt is shown as ripples, sunshine rays are flown to the hills.” – Ankush Agarwal

Lake at sunset with a beautiful lake quotes by Ankush Agarwai

3. “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

4. “Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.” – Muhammad Ali

5. “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.” – Percy Ross

6. “I believe that water is the closest thing to a god we have here on Earth.“ – Alex Z. Moores

7. “Becoming a lake has put a lot of things in perspective for me.” – Heather Christle

8. “Every year my feet touch its murky water, my soul feels cleaner.” – Thomm Quackenbush

Rowboat on lake with a lake quotes funny by Thomm Quackenbush

9. “The water. The lake. It flows through our veins, and there’s nothing we can do about it… It’s like venom.” – Karen Katchur

10. “I prefer lakes, streams, and ponds to the sea. My people left the oceans for a reason and have since preferred their salt from shakers rather than brine.” – Thomm Quackenbush

11. “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

12. “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

Short Lake Quotes for Instagram

You don’t always need a lengthy quote and these short lake quotes manage to combine cute lake quotes and happy lake quotes. They will make you feel good after just reading them. If you like short quotes check out our lists of Short Inspirational Quotes, Short Quotes About Life, Short Positive Quotes, Short Deep Quotes, Funny Short Quotes, Short Cute Quotes, Short Friendship Quotes, Short Quotes About Change, Short Travel Quotes and Best Short Quotes.

13. “A normal lake is knowable. A Great Lake can hold all the mysteries of an ocean, and then some.” – Dan Egan

14. “The lake’s deep…and dark…and dangerous.” – Mary Downing Hahn

15. “Every lake belongs to the quietness desired by the swans.” – Munia Khan

16. “So lovely was the loneliness of a wild lake.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Two green alpine lakes with mountains in the background and a lake sayings on top
On our hike to Smutwood Peak in the Canadian Rockies we found these two alpine lakes surrounded by mountains. Spectacular.

17. “Even a pebble cast in the middle of a lake creates ripples that eventually reach the shore.” – Jeffrey G. Duarte

18. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley

19. “Of all the paths you take in life make some lead to the lake.”

20. “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” -William Wordsworth

21. “Be calm like a calm lake, then you will look beautiful like a beautiful calm lake!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

22. “All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was.” – Toni Morrison

23. “The water tells none of its secrets.” – Nikos Engonopoulos

24. “For a moment, I was safe, wrapped in a blue-hued embrace.” – Gina Marinello-Sweeney

Lake Scenery Quotes

We have been to some of the most beautiful lakes in the world, including Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, Lake Bled in Slovenia, Lac Blanc in France and Moraine Lake in Canada (which are highlighted in some of our quotes pictures). We found lake scenery quotes that communicate some of the awe and serenity we felt at those lakes. Pick from these peaceful lake quotes and lake view quotes.

25. “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” – Unknkown

26. “A lake so vibrant in color that it looks like a fine art painting.” ― Stefanie Payne

Turquoise lake with mountain range behind and a lake scenery quotes on top
The turquoise water of Morraine Lake in Banff National Park is show stopping. And to have 10 mountains as its backgound its no wonder that it is featured on Canadian money. One of our favourite fall hikes starts at this lake so we arrived while it was still dark to watch the sunrise.

27. “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.”

28. “Find a calm lake and wait for the twilight in silence! There, existence will visit you with all its magnificence!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

30. “This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty.”  – Percy Bysshe Shelley

31. “Water creates so much beauty, life and mystery.” ― Fennel Hudson

Summer Lake Quotations

Nothing beats spending a summer day at the lake. The feeling of relaxing, settling down and enjoying life. Summer lake quotes and quotes about being at the lake will help hold on to that feeling. Which of these lake day quotes speaks the most to you? Check out our list of Funny Summer Quotes, Short Summer Quotes and End of Summer Quotes.

32. “I grew up with the smell of the lake and the feeling of the woods.” – Steven Tyler

Picture of a beach and lake with trees behind and a lake saying on top

33. “There’s only one way to tackle life, enjoy a day at the beach, and jump into a Great Lake: Headfirst!” – Viola Shipman

34. “I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.” — Susan Branch

35. “We didn’t realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun.” — Winnie The Pooh

36. “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

37. “Life is a summer, full of fun, at the beach, under the sun.” – Debasish Mridha

38. “I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

39. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” ― Charles Bowden

40. “Now let the sun shine bright on my happy summer home.” – Jerry Paul Keller

Chairs on beach with fun quotes about summer by Keller

41. “In the summertime, when the weather is hot, you can reach right up and touch the sky.” – Mungo Jerry

42. “Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy.”- Regina Brett

43. “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”- Sam Keen

44. “Summer means happy times and good sunshine.”- Brian Wilson

45. “I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.” ― Kellie Elmore

46. “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden

Pink floatie on beach with short summertime quotes by Charles Bowden

47. “In summer, the song sings itself.” -William Carlos Williams

48. “A summer’s sun is worth the having.” – French Proverb

49. “It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer.” – Anna Godbersen

50. “Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer.” – Nat King Cole

Inspirational Lake Quotes

Being at the lake can bring calm to your soul while being one with nature. These thought provoking lakeside quotes will inspire you. If you like inspirational quotes check out our lists of Short Inspirational Quotes, Inspirational Morning Quotes, Inspirational Quotes for Today, Funny Inspirational Quotes and Inspirational Quotes for Work.

51. “Stay close to the serenity of a lake to meet your own peace of mind.” – Munia Khan

52. “Sometimes in the waves of change, We find our true direction.” – Unknown

53. “Just find your way, like a river settling into its bed, and the sigh of the wind over a lake, light but restful… content with the joy in the arc of an arm throwing a ball for a dog to fetch” – Jay Woodman

54. “Mindfulness arises when you allow your attention to fall effortlessly on the breathing point like an autumn leaf falling on a lake of still water” – Amit Ray

55. “We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” – Zen Saying

Mountains reflected in a lake with a inspirational lake quotes that is a Zen saying
It was while hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc that we stayed at a mountain hut at Lac Blanc. As the sun started to set the wind died down and we were able to watch the sunset reflected on the lake. A moment of peace and serenity.

56. “Make your heart like a lake, with a calm, still surface, and great depths of kindness.” – Lao Tzu

57. “Not every lake dreams to be an ocean. Blessed are the ones who are happy with who they are.” – Mehmet Murat ildan

58. “When a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” – Arthur Golden

59. “It is life, I think, to watch the water. A man can learn so many things.” – Nicholas Sparks

60. “And I say also this. 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

Lake Life Quotes

Quotes about lake life tend to be the most popular lake quotes for Instagram. There is nothing quite like spending time at the lake with friends and family and these life at the lake quotes do their best to describe that feeling. Pick one of the following lake life sayings that best says what you are feeling whether it is in a fun and irreverent way, or a little more serious. You might also like our list of Short Quotes About Life. And for those lake days when you spend the whole day on the boat here is our list of Perfect Boat Quotes.

61. “Memories made at the lake last forever.”

62. “The lake: Life slows down. Friends stay longer.”

63. “Better to wake at the lake.”

64. “Lake hair, don’t care.”

65. “The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever.”

66. “There’s nothing quite like life by the water.”

67. “I’m gonna soak up the sun.” – Sheryl Crow

68. “Another day, another dip.”

69. “I love to wake at the lake.”

70. “Skip a stone. Take a hike. Sit a spell. Listen. Daydream. Just breathe. This is lake living.”

Sunset over al calm lake with tree branches in front with a lake life quotes on top

71. “At the lake, every hour is happy hour.”

72. “When we count our blessings, we count days at the lake.”

73. “A clean cabin is a sign of wasted time at the lake.”

74. “If you’re lucky enough to live at the lake, you’re lucky enough.”

75. “Lake rules: Sleep in. Read. Nature. Memories. Relax. Fish. Enjoy each moment.”

76. “There’s no place like home except the lake.”

77. “Time wasted at the lake is time well spent.”

Funny Lake Quotes and Sayings

Sometimes you are looking for fun lake quotes because being at the lake is when you feel the most lighthearted. These funny lake quotes and sayings don’t take themselves too seriously but still manage to convey the ease and enjoyment of being at the lake. So pick one of these funny quotes about lakes that suits you best. If you like funny quotes and sayings, you should also check out our lists of Funny Good Morning QuotesFunny Love QuotesFunny Work QuotesFunny Quotes of the DayFunny Quotes About Life and Funny Inspirational Quotes

78. “You float my boat.” – Unknown

79. “What happens at the lake stays at the lake.” – Unknown

80. “I’m a lakeaholic.” – Unknown

81. “It’s lake o’clock somewhere.” – Unknown

Two men paddling traditional canoes in a lake with volcanoes behind with a funny lake quotes on top
We tend to travel to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala every year. Each morning the local fishermen paddle their traditional canoes to go fishing with the volcanoes looming behind.

82. “I don’t need therapy, I just need my boat.” – Unknown

83. “Going to the lake. Bear with me.” – Unknown

84. “Keeping it reel at the lake.” – Unknown

85. “Yes, I’m throwing shade” – Unknown

86. “Life is better on a boat.” – Unknown

87. “Just keep paddling!” – Unknown

88. “Beer tastes better at the lake.” – Unknown

89. “On a quiet night at the lake, you can almost hear the fish laughing.” – Unknown

90. “Know when to give up and just go to the lake.” – Unknown

91. “I’m lost at the lake. Don’t bother me.” – Unknown

Lake Reflection Quotes

I have always loved reflections. There is something about still water reflecting back the amazing surrounding scenery that makes me want to watch for hours. Calm lake quotes work perfectly as a quote for lake pictures with reflections.

92. “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

93. “There is something more beautiful than a beautiful thing and that is a beautiful thing which has a beautiful reflection on the water.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Reflection of a mountain in a lake
I specifically researched lakes with reflections while we were in the Canadian Rockies. I found this amazing spot which ended up in my list of best photo spots.

94. “Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.” – Rumi

95. “A little tranquil lake is more significant to my life than any big city in the world.”  – Munia Khan

96. “The sky loves lakes rather than oceans because it finds the opportunity to watch itself in the crystal clear mirrors of the lakes!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Inspiring Quotes About Lakes

Check out these quotes about lakes that will make you stop and think.

97. “Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean.” – Percy Ross

98. “Mist to mist, drops to drops. For water thou art, and unto water shalt thou return.” – Kamand Kojouri

Sun setting over lake

99. “The lake of my mind, unbroken by oars, heaves placidly and soon sinks into an oily somnolence.’ That will be useful.” – Virginia Woolf

100. “She is the sensitivity of the dew drops. She is the innocence of the blooming Lily. She is the calm of the sylvan lake. She is the beautiful light of the candle flame. She is the wildness of the Kadupul flower. She is the magic of the full moon night!” – Avijeet Das

101. “When you have swam in the sea a lake will no longer do; everyone else has been a pond but the ocean was always you.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

102. “Take the broken pieces of your life, bake a master cake out of it. Don’t stand still like a lake; keep flowing like a stream!” – Israelmore Ayivor

103. “…I live with regrets – the bittersweet loss of innocence – the red track of the moon upon the lake – the inability to return and do it again…”  – John Geddes

104. “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

Frozen Lake Quotes

While most people spend time at lakes during the summer there is also something very special about a frozen lake. These frozen lakes quotes make for great lake captions for your wintertime pictures.

105. “Some people look like frozen lakes; break the ice, there you will see a lively world!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

106. “I studied his eyes. They were nearly a color today, a frozen lake reflecting a clear blue…” -Cara McKenna

107. “Then there was silence, the air like ice. Brittle-looking birch trees with black marks on their white bark, and some kind of small untidy evergreens rolled up like sleepy bears. The frozen lake not level but mounded along the shore, as if the waves had turned to ice in the act of falling.” — Alice Munro

108. “A man without courage is a boat in a frozen lake! Get rid of your fears!” -Mehmet Murat Ildan

109. “The lake water was reinventing the forest and the white moon above it, and wolves lapped up the cold reflection of the sky.” – Karen Russell

110. “The barriers between reality and fiction are softer than we think; a bit like a frozen lake. Hundreds of people can walk across it, but then one evening a thin spot develops and someone falls through; the hole is frozen over by the following morning.” — Jasper Fforde

111. “Man without dreams is a boat in a frozen lake!” — Mehmet Murat Ildan

112. “Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.” – Maya Angelou

A frozen lake
We were spenting our time at the Okanagan Lake hiking when an early surprise winter storm rolled in.

113. “I’ve always liked the feeling of traveling light; there is something in me that wants to feel I could leave wherever I am, at any time, without any effort. The idea of being weighed down made me uneasy, as if I lived on the surface of a frozen lake and each new trapping of domestic life – a pot, a chair, a lamp – threatened to be the thing that sent me through the ice.” — Nicole Krauss

114. “I must confess, that my heart is like a frozen lake, only pretends to be firm, to shroud its tearful ache. So tread over this heart, as often as you like, but one of these days, if it feels your warmth strike; its cold, thin surface will abruptly break asunder, and then it won’t resist from pulling you deep under.” –  Akash Mandal

Quotes About Lakes and Nature

Here are some quotes about lakes and nature. If you like these check out our list of Short Nature Quotes and Nature Quotes.

115. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

117. A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

Mountain lake in Nepal with a quote about lakes and nature by Henry David Thoreau

118. “Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes – every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.” – Orison Swett Marden

119. “Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.”— Standing Bear

120. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” — Gary Snyder

Sunset as waves crash on rocks in front of a beach with a short nature quote that reads nature is not a place to visit it is home

121. “By discovering nature, you discover yourself.” — Maxime Lagacé

122. “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Mountain Lake Quotes

These mountain lake quotes will inspire you to get out and spend more time in the mountains. If you like these you should check out our list of Best Mountain Quotes.

123. “Earth and Sky, Woods and Fields, Lakes and Rivers, the Mountain and the Sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

124. “If you live in the mountains, you long for the trees and the lakes.” – Mitt Romney

125. “Nature is medicinal; the sun, large bodies of water, and deep breaths of fresh air. Healing is found in the mountains, amidst a forest, by fire, and water.” – Cheyanne Ratnam

126. “The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world.” – Georges Simenon

Paddle boarder on a lake with a mountain lake quotes by George Simenon

127. Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains…” – Diane Ackerman

Lake View Quotes

Check out these lake view quotes.

128. “As the sun sinks, It casts that silver bridge, Across the lake” – Richard L. Ratliff

129. “Silently, the stars have assembled, On the surface of this lost lake tonight” – Pattiann Rogers

130. “Looking out over the lake, I felt enveloped in the most peaceful, loving utopia.” – Laurie Kahn

Woman looking at lake and mountains with a lake view quotes by Laurie Kahn

131. “Black met black on the distant horizon, the stars alone distinguishing sky from lake. On the sand below, Silver Beach glittered at the water’s edge while on the north side of the river the lighthouse’s beacon signaled safe harbor.” – Erin Farwell

Lake Sayings

You will love these lake sayings. You might also like our list of Summer Sayings and Funny Sayings.

132. “All you need is love and the lake.”

133. “Life is simple, Add some water.”

134. “Happiness comes in waves.”

135. “The lake is good for the soul.”

136. “The lake is calling. I must go.”

A lake with a island in the middle with a church on it and mountains in the background and a short lake quotes on top
Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the prettiest lakes on the world. It has a bit of a fairytale feel with an island with a church on it (if you ring the bell it brings you good luck), a castle perched on a cliff and a mountain range in the background.

137. “Live. Love. Lake.”

138. “All you need is love. And the lake…”

139. “Take me to the lake.”

140. “The little lake you love is the biggest ocean for you!”

Water Quotes

If you like these lake quotes you might like these other quotes about water from our list of Water Quotes. And check out our list of Best River Quotes, Waterfall Quotes and Best Sea Quotes.

  1. “Always be like a water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.” – Santosh Kalwar

2. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

3. “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” – Loren Eiseley

Lake reflection with water quotes by Loren Eisleley

4. “Water is the mother of the vine, the nurse and fountain of fecundity, the adorner and refresher of the world.” – Charles Mackay

5. “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” – Mike May

6. “And gentle winds and waters near, make music to the lonely ear.” – Lord Byron

7. “But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.” – Margaret Atwood

8. “In time and with water, everything changes.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Person walking near ocean with quotes about water by Leonardo da Vinci

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

10. “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – Rabindranath Tagore

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

12. “In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans; in one aspect of You are found all the aspects of existence.” – Kahlil Gibran

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

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

15. “To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts

16. “You can’t trust water. Even a straight stick turns crooked in it.” – W.C. Fields

17. “Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

18. “The idea is that flowing water never goes stale, so just keep on flowing.” – Bruce Lee

Ocean waves with quotes on water by Bruce Lee

19. “When a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom.” – Arthur Golden

20. “When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first of what is still to come.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Lake Captions

Here are our favourites from our list of the Perfect Lake Captions.

  • Life is at ease with a lake breeze
  • I’m on lake time
  • The lake is my happy place
Rainbow over a lake
  • Memories made at the lake last a lifetime
  • Go jump in the lake
  • Heaven is a little closer in a home by the lake
  • Sunshine and lake water is all I need
  • Lake colors
  • The lake is calling. I must go.
Trees reflecting on a lake at sunset with a Lake Captions for Instagram that reads The lake is calling. I must go.
  • Nothing like sunsets, especially when on the lake
  • Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability
  • Good times and tan lines

That wraps up our list of quotes about lakes. Hope you enjoyed them. Let us know in the comments if there are any that we missed.

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