Quotes about birds
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A collection of quotes on the topic of bird, likeness, can, doing.

Total 1153 quotes bird, filter:

E.E. Cummings photo
Alice Hoffman photo
James Patterson photo

„Disappear where?" You know what they say: Curiosity killed the mutant bird kid. But I couldn't help myself.“

—  James Patterson American author 1947

Source: School's Out—Forever

Haruki Murakami photo
Mitch Albom photo

„Without love, we are birds with broken wings.“

—  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Source: Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)

Anthony Doerr photo
Rick Riordan photo
Victor Hugo photo

„Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Source: Les Misérables

Langston Hughes photo

„Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.“

—  Langston Hughes American writer and social activist 1902 - 1967

"Dreams," from the anthology Golden Slippers: An Anthology of Negro Poetry for Young Readers, ed. Arna Bontemps (1941)

Ernest Hemingway photo
Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Steven Wright photo

„I can levitate birds. No one cares.“

—  Steven Wright American actor and author 1955

„A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer, he sings because he has a song“

—  Joan Walsh Anglund American poet and children's book author 1926

The quote has been misattributed to Maya Angelou at times, including on U.S. postage.
This quote by Joan Walsh Anglund (1967 in her book, A Cup of Sun) has been widely used by Maya Angelou without attribution to Walsh Walsh Anglund, and wrongly misattributed to Maya Angelou many, many times, including on U.S. postage. However, the quote belongs to Joan Walsh Anglund, and is from her book "A Cup of Sun" published in 1967. However, Maya Angelou changed the pronoun "He" to "It" but quoted everything else of Joan Walsh Anglund. Why Maya Angelou never attributed her most famous quote as being Joan Walsh Anglund's is still a mystery to this day.
Source: A Cup of Sun: A Book of Poems (1967)

William Blake photo
Haruki Murakami photo
Eric Berne photo
Margaret Wise Brown photo
James Patterson photo
Haruki Murakami photo
P.G. Wodehouse photo
Haruki Murakami photo
Audre Lorde photo
Suzanne Collins photo
Lisa See photo
Martin Luther King, Jr. photo

„We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, The Quest for Peace and Justice (1964)
Context: There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

Hans Christian Andersen photo
Chuck Palahniuk photo
Rick Riordan photo
Sharon Creech photo

„A person isn't a bird. You can't cage a person.“

—  Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

Source: Walk Two Moons

Stephen King photo
James Joyce photo
Rick Riordan photo
Charles Bukowski photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Stephen King photo
Woody Allen photo

„I can levitate birds. No one cares.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

Elizabeth Gilbert photo

„A fish and a bird may indeed fall in love, but where shall they live?“

—  Elizabeth Gilbert, book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Source: Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

William Blake photo
William Shakespeare photo
James Patterson photo

„I shot him the bird. (Get it? I shot him the—never mind.)“

—  James Patterson American author 1947

Source: The Angel Experiment

Leonardo Da Vinci photo
Gabriel García Márquez photo
William Blake photo
Laurie Halse Anderson photo
Rainer Maria Rilke photo
Cassandra Clare photo
Malcolm X photo

„They cripple the bird's wing, and then condemn it for not flying as fast as they.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

Malcolm X on Zionism (1964)

„This being-nice crap was for the
birds.“

—  Kerrelyn Sparks American writer 1955

Source: The Undead Next Door

Janet Fitch photo
Andy Warhol photo
Nicholas Sparks photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

„A gun gives you the body, not the bird.“

—  Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

Quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson in Talks with Ralph Waldo Emerson http://books.google.com/books?id=IhA6AQAAIAAJ&q=%22A+gun+he+said+gives+you+the+body+not+the+bird%22&pg=PA86#v=onepage (1890) by Charles Johnson Woodbury

E.E. Cummings photo

„Life and summer are fleeting,’ sang the bird. ‘Snow and dark, and the winter comes. Nothing remains the same.“

—  Elyne Mitchell Australian writer 1913 - 2002

Source: Silver Brumby's Daughter

Louise Erdrich photo
F. Scott Fitzgerald photo
Nicholas Sparks photo

„If you're a bird… I'm a bird…“

—  Nicholas Sparks, book The Notebook

Source: The Notebook

Scott Lynch photo

„Nice bird, asshole!“

—  Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora

Source: The Lies of Locke Lamora

Jonathan Safran Foer photo
Anaïs Nin photo
Walt Whitman photo
Rainer Maria Rilke photo
Haruki Murakami photo

„Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in fight, searching the skies for dreams.“

—  Haruki Murakami, book Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Source: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985), Chapter 18:

Victor Hugo photo
James Patterson photo
Milan Kundera photo

„If a love is to be unforgettable, fortuities must immediately start fluttering down to it like birds to Francis of Assisi's shoulders.“

—  Milan Kundera, book The Unbearable Lightness of Being

pg 49
Source: The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984), Part Two: Soul and Body

Suzanne Collins photo

„Because when he sings… even the birds stop to listen.“

—  Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Source: The Hunger Games

Terry Pratchett photo
Rick Riordan photo
Jack Kerouac photo
Laurie Halse Anderson photo
Richard Brautigan photo

„the sweet juices of your mouth
are like castles bathed in honey.
i've never had it done so gently before.
you have put a circle of castles
around my penis and you swirl them
like sunlight on the wings of birds.“

—  Richard Brautigan American novelist, poet, and short story writer 1935 - 1984

Source: Trout Fishing in America / The Pill vs. the Springhill Mine Disaster / In Watermelon Sugar

Haruki Murakami photo

„The little things are important, Mr. Wind-Up Bird“

—  Haruki Murakami, book The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Source: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Ernest Hemingway photo
Henry Van Dyke photo

„The woods would be quiet if no bird sang but the one that sang best.“

—  Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933

The following information is from the following site: http://pt.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talento , the fourth entry, which gives the citation as (( Henry van Dyke quoted in "Handicapped Individuals Services and Training Act: hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, second session, on HR 6820 … hearing held in St. Paul, Minn., and Loretto, Minn. on September 2, 1982. "-. 223 Page, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education and Labor. Subcommittee on Select Education - USGPO, 1982 - 257 pages ))
Quoted by Tor Dahl in the document cited https://hdl.handle.net/2027/pur1.32754076335276?urlappend=%3Bseq=229.
A very similar quote appears in an essay entitled "Do What You Can" by "Little Home Body" in the The Phrenological Journal and Life Illustrated, Volumes 62-63 (August 1876): "The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there but those that sang best" but states "I know not who said those beautiful words"
However, the quote may have been misattributed to Henry Van Dyke. In "The Two Vocations or the sisters of mercy at home" by Elizabeth Charles (1858) p.34 the following appears: "'Dear Jean', she said,'the woods would be very silent if no bird sang but those that sing best' "
Attributed
Variant: Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

„Flutter like a hummingbird,
Dive like an eagle,
Ain't no bird that's my equal.
- Twilight“

—  Kathryn Lasky American children's writer 1944

Source: The Capture

„A bird may love a fish but where would they build a home together?“

—  Joseph Stein American playwright 1912 - 2010

Source: Fiddler on the Roof

Vladimir Nabokov photo
Muhammad Ali photo

„It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

As quoted in "Ali's Quotes" at BBC Sport : Boxing (17 January 2007)

Philip K. Dick photo

„The bird is gone, and in what meadow does it now sing?“

—  Philip K. Dick, book Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Source: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

Alejandra Pizarnik photo
Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Kohta Hirano photo

„The Bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame.“

—  Kohta Hirano Japanese manga artist 1973

Source: Hellsing, Vol. 01

Steve Wozniak photo
Rabindranath Tagore photo
David Almond photo
Maya Angelou photo
Dorothy Parker photo
William Carlos Williams photo
Lawrence Durrell photo

„An idea is like a rare bird which cannot be seen. What one sees is the trembling of the branch it has just left.“

—  Lawrence Durrell, The Avignon Quintet

The Avignon Quintet (1974–1985), Monsieur (1974)
Context: The art of prose governed by syncopated thinking; for thoughts curdle in the heart if not expressed. An idea is like a rare bird which cannot be seen. What one sees is the trembling of the branch it has just left.