Quotes and Sayings 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
(Related: Being, Garden, Songs, Value)

"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."
- Aesop
(Related: Birds)

"It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up."
- Muhammad Ali
(Related: People, Birds, Job)

"Make no mistake about it. These are not 'kookie' birds. Right now the greatest player, the big tent on the political scene in America, is called the Tea Party movement."
- Dick Armey
(Related: Mistake, America, Birds, Now, Party, Right, Tea)

"I can scarcely manage to scribble a tolerable English letter. I know that I am not a scholar, but meantime I am aware that no man living knows better than I do the habits of our birds."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, English, Habits, Living, Man)

"But hopes are Shy Birds flying at a great distance seldom reached by the best of Guns."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, Flying)

"I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds, or watching their peculiar habits, or delineating them in the best way I could."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Birds, Day, Habits, Listening, Songs)

"We go fish, we also catch fighting fish, looking for birds and it was for kampong people, the paddy field was our the play field for the children."
- Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Related: People, Birds, Children, Fighting, Fish, Play)

"Birds evolved from a small raptor like theropod."
- Robert T. Bakker
(Related: Birds)

"Feathers predate birds."
- Robert T. Bakker
(Related: Birds)

"It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you."
- Abu Bakr
(Related: Birds, Shame)

"I used to live a very social life and never spend much solitary time looking at birds or reading."
- Lynda Barry
(Related: Life, Time, Birds, Reading)

"Turkeys, quails, and small birds, are here to be seen; but birds are not numerous in desart forests; they draw near to the habitations of men, as I have constantly observed in all my travels."
- William Bartram
(Related: Men, Birds, Turkeys)

"Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless, of their own and other tribes, when abandoned."
- William Bartram
(Related: Birds, Will)

"Animal substance seems to be the first food of all birds, even the granivorous tribes."
- William Bartram
(Related: Food, Birds, First)

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: God, Birds, Nothing)

"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
(Related: Birds)

"I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered."
- George Best
(Related: Money, Birds, Rest)

"Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind - listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody."
- Eubie Blake
(Related: Birds, Hate, Luck, Mind)

"Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top."
- Robert Browning
(Related: Men, Anxiety, Birds, Dogs, Labor)

"I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment."
- Pat Buckley
(Related: God, Nature, Animals, Birds, Environment)

"Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top."
- Robert Burton
(Related: Men, Anxiety, Birds, Dogs, Labor)

"Whores don't live in company of poor men, citizens never support a weak company and birds don't build nests on a tree that doesn't bear fruits."
- Chanakya
(Related: Men, Birds, Company, Poor, Support)

"Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Birds, Body, Connection, Earth, Meditation)

"We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do. In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of birds takes off at the perfect moment."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Car, Ability, Birds, Blood, Road, Want)

"It's like this - these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that's where this generation's groups came from - an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that."
- Alice Cooper
(Related: People, Environment)

"Human beings are the only animal that thinks they change who they are simply by moving to a different place. Birds migrate, but it's not quite the same thing."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Change, Birds)

"Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Being, Birds, May, State)

"The white men in the East are like birds. They are hatching out their eggs every year, and there is not room enough in the East, and they must go elsewhere; and they come out West, as you have seen them coming for the last few years."
- George Crook
(Related: Men, Birds, Years)

"In a broader sense, the rhythms of nature, large and small - the sounds of wind and water, the sounds of birds and insects - must inevitably find their analogues in music."
- George Crumb
(Related: Music, Nature, Birds, Insects, Sense, Water, Wind)

"What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bee and he told me about the butcher and my wife."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Wife, Birds)

"Hear the birds? Sometimes I like to pretend that I'm deaf and I try to imagine what it's like not to be able to hear them. It's not that bad."
- Larry David
(Related: Birds)

"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
- Emily Dickinson
(Related: Love, Hope, Birds, Heaven)

"Self-help books are for the birds. Self-help groups are where it's at."
- Janice Dickinson
(Related: Birds, Books, Self)

"Consider the birds. Be wise as serpents."
- Hilda Doolittle
(Related: Birds)

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

"No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky."
- Bob Dylan
(Related: Birds, Sky)

"Even in a less exaggerated description, any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself employing an assortment of waterfalls, lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc."
- Sergei Eisenstein
(Related: Birds)

"I gave away two dogs years ago because I felt guilty at not being able to give them the time and attention they deserved. I now regularly feed an army of squirrels and wild birds around our house."
- Mike Farrell
(Related: Time, Army, Attention, Being, Birds, Dogs, Now, Years)

"Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them."
- Martin Henry Fischer
(Related: Birds, Drugs)

"One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Related: Birds, Children, Taste)

"Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry."
- William Golding
(Related: Nature, Birds, Job, Routine)

"Closely related species of birds are also chromosomally similar."
- Peter R. Grant
(Related: Birds)

"The most ordinary conditions for observing sailing birds are then the wind and sea are both aft."
- Lawrence Hargrave
(Related: Birds, Sea, Wind)

"I like to express certain things that happen in my life, the joy of spring, the birds singing and young babies coming into the world. You know, the whole thing as well as the part I'm not happy with, the sad part."
- Roy Haynes
(Related: Life, Babies, Birds, Joy, Singing, Spring, World)

"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."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Birds, First, Flying)

"The show is being changed right now, by the way. Jeff Burke is doing it for the Magic Kingdom. And I think it will be better, with new birds, master of ceremonies, etc."
- John Hench
(Related: Being, Birds, Magic, Now, Right, Will)

"Hempseed produces no observable high for humans or birds."
- Jack Herer
(Related: Birds)

"How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Kiss, Birds, Dawn, Snow, Trees)

"The cool wind blew in my face and all at once I felt as if I had shed dullness from myself. Before me lay a long gray line with a black mark down the center. The birds were singing. It was spring."
- Burl Ives
(Related: Birds, Singing, Spring, Wind)

"Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain how variation occurs within limits, however. They aspire to answer a much broader question-which is how complex organisms like birds, and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place."
- Phillip E. Johnson
(Related: Birds, Content, Existence, First, Flowers, Limits, Question)

"The author O. Henry taught me about the value of the unexpected. He once wrote about the noise of flowers and the smell of birds - the birds were chickens and the flowers dried sunflowers rattling against a wall."
- Chuck Jones
(Related: Birds, Flowers, Value)

"In Georgia where children work day and night in the cotton mills they have just passed a bill to protect song birds. What about the little children from whom all song is gone?"
- Mary Harris Jones
(Related: Work, Birds, Children, Day, Night, Song)

"Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?"
- Rose Kennedy
(Related: People, Birds, Delight)

"People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something."
- Soren Kierkegaard
(Related: Travel, People, Birds, Existence, Fish, Mountains, Rivers, Stars, World)

"Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees."
- David Letterman
(Related: Change, Birds, Favorite, Trees)

"If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."
- Charles Lindbergh
(Related: Airplanes, Birds)

"I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."
- Charles Lindbergh
(Related: Airplanes, Birds)

"In Kenya you've got the great birds and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world is really like."
- Joanna Lumley
(Related: Birds, Chance, Trees, World)

"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 Wilson Lynd
(Related: Birds, Man, Nothing)

"I used to have this little mouse. I buy birds from the pet store and I let them go."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Pet, Birds, Mouse)

"What I was trying to convey there was the kind of waste land that was left after the war. It was a bit like one always thinks of war, you know, stark scenery and no birds, no trees, no leaves, nothing living. And just emptiness."
- George Martin
(Related: War, Birds, Land, Living, Nothing, Trees, Trying, Waste)

"It's a warm wind, the west wind, full of birds' cries."
- John Masefield
(Related: Birds, Wind)

"In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written. I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader to use their own imagination."
- Colleen McCullough
(Related: Imagination, Love, Birds, Heaven, Hell, Saying)

"Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best."
- Bernard Meltzer
(Related: Birds, Joy, Will, World)

"The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost."
- Arthur Miller
(Related: Home, Birds, Play)

"Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside equally desperate to get out."
- Michel de Montaigne
(Related: Marriage, Birds)

"I would say seeing the original Yardbirds with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page at the old Fillmore was a pretty powerful influence on me."
- Ronnie Montrose
(Related: Influence, Old, Pretty)

"There's an unseen force which lets birds know when you've just washed your car."
- Denis Norden
(Related: Car, Birds, Force)

"Predators make it much more difficult to find consensus. It's a lot easier to agree about birds and plants than about animals that endanger people and livestock."
- Gale Norton
(Related: People, Animals, Birds, Plants)

"In many ways, I regard Sharon and Arafat as birds of a feather."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Birds)

"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
(Related: Birds, Cause, Danger, Misfortune, Silence, Speech, Talking)

"Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy."
- Roger Tory Peterson
(Related: People, Birds, Envy, Want)

"Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble."
- Roger Tory Peterson
(Related: Birds, Environment, Trouble)

"I consider myself to have been the bridge between the shotgun and the binoculars in bird watching. Before I came along, the primary way to observe birds was to shoot them and stuff them."
- Roger Tory Peterson
(Related: Birds)

"A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices."
- William Lyon Phelps
(Related: Birds, Books, Past)

"I invented animals and birds - I had about two dozen. After working on them for six months, I sat down and just for fun wrote two dozen poems to accompany the drawings. It was for no one to every see, but a friend sent me in to an editor."
- Jack Prelutsky
(Related: Friend, Animals, Birds, Fun, Months, Poems)

"When you have birds you stare at them a lot and their eyes are recessed on their head. When they look at something they tilt their head in a quizzical expression."
- Ted Rall
(Related: Birds, Expression, Eyes)

"I am often on guard over the Russians. In the darkness one sees their forms move like stick storks, like great birds. They come close up to the wire fence and lean their faces against it. Their fingers hook round the mesh."
- Erich Maria Remarque
(Related: Birds, Darkness, Faces)

"I think people who don't believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn't make?"
- Little Richard
(Related: God, People, Birds, Singing, Songs)

"When we seed millions of acres of land with these plants, what happens to foraging birds, to insects, to microbes, to the other animals, when they come in contact and digest plants that are producing materials ranging from plastics to vaccines to pharmaceutical products?"
- Jeremy Rifkin
(Related: Animals, Birds, Insects, Land, Plants)

"If worms carried pistols, birds wouldn't eat 'em."
- Darrell Royal
(Related: Birds)

"Most of the birds of the Old World can be found here, as Oman is on a strategic route for migrating birds."
- Saadi
(Related: Birds, Old, World)

"There have been as many varieties of socialists as there are wild birds that fly in the woods and sometimes go up and on through the clouds."
- Carl Sandburg
(Related: Birds, Clouds)

"Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies."
- James Stephens
(Related: Women, Birds, Enemies)

"Wax myrtle: The birds love this stuff."
- Mike Thompson
(Related: Love, Birds)

"In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety."
- Aiden Wilson Tozer
(Related: Life, God, Anxiety, Birds, Earth, Praise)

"To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as they watch for birds."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Birds, Man, Trees)

"I am decidedly of the opinion that in very many instances we can trace such a necessary connexion, especially among birds, and often with more complete success than in the case which I have here attempted to explain."
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Success, Birds, Opinion)

"What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis, the spoonbill, and the heron?"
- Alfred Russel Wallace
(Related: Birds)

"Having done something like The Thorn Birds gives you enormous longevity. You can keep picking and choosing the roles for a bit longer."
- Rachel Ward
(Related: Birds, Longevity)

"When birds burp, it must taste like bugs."
- Bill Watterson
(Related: Birds, Bugs, Taste)

"I look out of this window and I think this is a cosmos, this is a huge creation, this is one small corner of it. The trees and birds and everything else and I'm part of it. I didn't ask to be put here, I've been lucky in finding myself here."
- Morris West
(Related: Birds, Cosmos, Creation, Trees)

"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
(Related: Birds, Cats)

"The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds."
- Gilbert White
(Related: Birds, Country)

"Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It's very special to me."
- Larry Wilcox
(Related: Nature, Beach, Being, Birds, Camping, Games, Running, Singing, Walking)

"Since childhood she had walked the Devon rivers with her father looking for flowers and the nests of birds, passing some rocks and trees as old friends, seeing a Spirit everywhere, gentle in thought to all her eyes beheld."
- Henry Williamson
(Related: Father, Thought, Birds, Childhood, Eyes, Flowers, Friends, Old, Rivers, Spirit, Trees)

"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who... looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space... on the infinite highway of the air."
- Wilbur Wright
(Related: Idea, Birds, Desire, Infinite, Space)

"We must force the government to stop the bird migration. We must shoot all birds, field all our men and troops... and force migratory birds to stay where they are."
- Vladimir Zhirinovsky
(Related: Government, Men, Birds, Force, Troops)