What is pass water?

Famous quotes containing the words water and/or pass:

    The favor of a drop of water should be repaid as an overflowing spring.
    Chinese proverb.

    It would seem as if the very language of our parlors would lose all its nerve and degenerate into palaver wholly, our lives pass at such remoteness from its symbols, and its metaphors and tropes are necessarily so far fetched.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)