Selected Quotes about Birds

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. -- Joseph Addison

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. -- Aesop

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. -- Aesop

The birds are moulting. If only man could moult also -- his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions. -- James Allen

I know why the caged bird sings. -- Maya Angelou

One swallow does not make a summer. -- Aristotle

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. -- Eric Berne

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing. -- Eric Berne

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. -- William Blake

When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up thy head! -- William Blake

Cranes carry this heavy mystical baggage. They're icons of fidelity and happiness. The Vietnamese believe cranes cart our souls up to heaven on our wings. -- Mitchell Burgess

Our avian brothers are back to roost on the first leg of their annual sojourn south. Why them and not us? Maybe it's because we humans are meant to be rooted in one spot. -- Mitchell Burgess

The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives -- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song! -- John Burroughs

There'll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover,Tomorrow, just you wait and see. -- Nat Burton

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. -- Jacques Deval

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven. -- Emily Dickinson

I hope you love birds, too. It is economical. It saves going to Heaven. -- Emily Dickinson

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. -- Henry Van Dyke

Everything perfect in its kind has to transcend its own kind, it must become something different and incomparable. In some notes the nightingale is still a bird; then it rises above its class and seems to suggest to every winged creature what singing is truly like. -- Johann von Goethe

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren. -- William Henry Hudson

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? -- Rose Kennedy

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? -- Rose Kennedy

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees. -- David Letterman

I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. -- Charles Lindbergh

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before. -- Robert Lynd

The bird let loose in Eastern skies, Returning fondly home, Ne'er stoops to earth her wing, nor flies Where idle warblers roam; But high she shoots through air and light, Above all low delay, Where nothing earthly bounds her flight, Nor shadow dims her way. -- Sir Thomas More

Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. -- Saskya Pandita

How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire! -- Belva Plain

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. -- Chinese Proverb

People live like birds in the woods: When the time comes, each must take flight. -- Chinese Proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. -- Chinese Proverb

Inventive man has invented nothing -- nothing "from scratch." If he has produced a machine that in motion overcomes the law of gravity, he learned the essentials from the observation of birds. -- Dorothy Thompson

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. -- Henry David Thoreau

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art. -- Izaak Walton

Did St Francis preach to the birds? Whatever for? If he really liked birds he would have done better to preach to the cats. -- Rebecca West

I know of only one bird - the parrot - that talks; and it can't fly very high. -- Wilbur Wright

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