„In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
Stanzas to Augusta (1816), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
— A.R. Ammons American poet 1926 - 2001
„When you have shot one bird flying you have shot all birds flying. They are all different and they fly in different ways but the sensation is the same and the last one is as good as the first.“
Nick Adams of "Fathers and Sons" in Winner Take Nothing (1932)
— Alejandro Jodorowsky Filmmaker and comics writer 1929
As quoted in Investing with Impact: Why Finance is a Force for Good (2016) by Jeremy Balkin
— John Townsend Trowbridge American author 1827 - 1916
" Darius Green and his Flying-Machine http://books.google.com/books?id=GwsaAQAAMAAJ&q=%22The+birds+can+fly+An'+why+can't+I%22&pg=PA115#v=onepage," Our Young Folks: an illustrated magazine ( March 1867 http://books.google.com/books?id=4eOvXvxRjZYC&q=%22The+birds+can+fly+An'+why+can't+I%22&pg=PA130#v=onepage).
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
Source: De architectura (The Ten Books On Architecture) (~ 15BC), Book II, Chapter IX "Timber" Sec. 1
Context: In Spring all trees become pregnant, and they are all employing their natural vigor in the production of leaves and of the fruits that return every year. The requirements of that season render them empty and swollen, and so they are weak and feeble because of their looseness of texture. This is also the case with women who have conceived. Their bodies are not considered perfectly healthy until the child is born.
„Perfect as is the wing of a bird, it never could raise the bird up without resting on air. Facts are the air of a scientist. Without them you never can fly. Without them your "theories" are vain efforts.“
— Ivan Pavlov Russian physiologist 1849 - 1936
Bequest of Pavlov to the Academic Youth of His Country. Science, Vol. 83, Issue 2155, pg. 369 (1936)
The little Birds fly
Down to the calico tree,
Their wings were blue,
And they sang "Tilly-loo!"
Till away they flew,—
And they never came back to me!“
— Edward Lear British artist, illustrator, author and poet 1812 - 1888
Calico Pie http://www.nonsenselit.org/Lear/ns/calico.html, st. 1 (1871).
— Yip Harburg American song lyricist 1896 - 1981
'"Over the Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
Context: Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops,
That's where you'll find me.
Somewhere over the rainbow
Birds fly over the rainbow,
Why then, oh why can't I?