111+ Best Bird Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational bird quotes and sayings will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Bird Quotes

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

Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild. So you let them go, or when you open the cage to feed them they somehow fly out past you. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure. ― Stephen King

Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams. ― Haruki Murakami

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ― Lou Holtz

Birds born in cages think that flying is an illness. ― Alejandro Jodorowsky

The reason birds can fly, and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. ― J. M. Barrie

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

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. ― Douglas Coupland

Pan, who and what art thou? he cried huskily. I’m youth, I’m joy, Peter answered at a venture, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg. ― J. M. Barrie

Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come. ― Lois Lowry

If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands. ―Douglas Adams

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble. ― Roger Tory Peterson

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

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. ― Rabindranath Tagore

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings. ― Victor Hugo

Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless, of their own and other tribes, when abandoned. ― William Bartram

She decided to free herself, dance into the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing yesin the sky. ― Monique Duval

In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence. ― Robert Wilson Lynd

Birds evolved from a small raptor like theropod. ― Robert T. Bakker

Two turtle doves will show thee, Where my cold ashes lie, And sadly murmuring tell thee, How in tears I did die ― Nikolai Gogol

If only the best birds sang, the forest would be silent. ― Henry Van Dyke

Writing songs is like capturing birds without killing them. Sometimes you end up with nothing but a mouthful of feathers. ― Tom Waits

A forest bird never wants a cage. ― Henrik Ibsen

A beautiful day with the buoyancy of a bird. ― Truman Capote

One swallow does not make a summer. ― Aristotle

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

It was my uncle who taught me about the birds and the bees. He sat me down one day and said, ‘Remember this, George, the birds fuck the bees. Then he told me he once banged a girl so hard her freckles came off. ― George Carlin

Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t we? ― Rose Kennedy

In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence. ― Robert Lynd

And if they thought her aimless, if they thought her a bit mad, let them. It meant they left her alone. Marya was not aimless, anyway. She was thinking. ― Catherynne M. Valente

It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up. ― Muhammad Ali

The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant. ― Charlie Chaplin

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion? ― Friedrich Nietzsche

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind. ― Carly Simon

I don’t know [why we’re here]. People sometimes say to me, ‘Why don’t you admit that the hummingbird, the butterfly, the Bird of Paradise are proof of the wonderful things produced by Creation?’ And I always say, well, when you say that, you’ve also got to think of a little boy sitting on a river bank, like here, in West Africa, that’s got a little worm, a living organism, in his eye and boring through the eyeball and is slowly turning him blind. The Creator God that you believe in, presumably, also made that little worm. Now I personally find that difficult to accommodate… ― David Attenborough

Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life. ― Charlie Chaplin

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. ― Salvador Dali

Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for. ― Tennessee Williams

You’ll think this is a bit silly, but I’m a bit–well, I have a thing about birds. What, a phobia? Sort of. Well, that’s the common term for an irrational fear of birds. What do they call a rational fear of birds, then? ― Neil Gaiman

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings. ― Victor Hugo

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Just remember it’s the birds that’s supposed to suffer, not the hunter. ― George W. Bush

This is wonderful, wonderful! Be the bird. You are the bird. Sacrifice yourself to abandoned family values. ― Laurie Halse Anderson

The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air. ― Rabindranath Tagore

The bird dares to break the shell, then the shell breaks open and the bird can fly openly. This is the simplest principle of success. You dream, you dare and you fly. ― Israelmore Ayivor

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

If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. ― Charles Lindbergh

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

When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere. ― Amit Ray

I woke up this morning, Smiled at the rising sun, Three little birds, Sat on my doorstep, Singing sweet songs ― Bob Marley

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky. ― Bob Dylan

…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky. ― Mark Nepo

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ― J. G. Holland

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

Closely related species of birds are also chromosomally similar. ― Peter R. Grant

What is more cheerful, now, in the fall of the year, than an open-wood-fire? Do you hear those little chirps and twitters coming out of that piece of apple-wood? Those are the ghosts of the robins and blue birds that sang upon the bough when it was in blossom last Spring. In Summer whole flocks of them come fluttering about the fruit-trees under the window: so, I have singing birds all the year round. ― Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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

The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing it. ― Frances Hodgson Burnet

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

It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you. ― Abu Bakr

I’m not prepared for Rue’s family. Her parents, whose faces are still fresh with sorrow. Her fiver younger siblings, who resemble her so closely. The slight builds, the luminous brown eyes. They form a flock of small dark birds. ― Suzanne Collins

A bird is joy incarnate. ― Myrtle Reed

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

When the woman you live with is an artist, every day is a surprise. Clare has turned the second bedroom into a wonder cabinet, full of small sculptures and drawings pinned up on every inch of wall space. There are coils of wire and rolls of paper tucked into shelves and drawers. The sculptures remind me of kites, or model airplanes. I say this to Clare one evening, standing in the doorway of her studio in my suit and tie, home from work, about to begin making dinner, and she throws one at me; it flies surprisingly well, and soon we are standing at opposite ends of the hall, tossing tiny sculptures at each other, testing their aerodynamics. The next day I come home to find that Clare has created a flock of paper and wire birds, which are hanging from the ceiling in the living room. A week later our bedroom windows are full of abstract blue translucent shapes that the sun throws across the room onto the walls, making a sky for the bird shapes Clare has painted there.

The next evening I’m standing in the doorway of Clare’s studio, watching her finish drawing a thicket of black lines around a little red bird. Suddenly I see Clare, in her small room, closed in by all her stuff, and I realize that she’s trying to say something, and I know what I have to do. ― Audrey Niffenegger

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. ― Langston Hughes

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. ― John Webster

Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds. ― Dejan Stojanovic

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

The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction. ― Aesop

I’m lying in my room listening to the birds outside. I used to think they sang because they were happy. But then I learned on a nature show they’re really showing off. Trying to lure in some other bird so they can mate with it. Or let the other birds know not to get too close to their turf. I wish I never watched that show, because now all I think about is what those pretty sounds mean. And how they’re not pretty at all. ― Jo Knowles

And I said, ‘A coal miner? Why did she want a coal miner if she could’ve had you?’ And he said, ‘Because when he sings, even the birds stop to listen.’ ― Suzanne Collins

Love is a bird she needs to fly. ― Madonna Ciccone

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, and feathers are the least of these. ― Marjorie Allen Seiffert

It would have been hard for Fat Charlie to say exactly when the accumulation of birds on the wire mesh moved from interesting to terrifying. It was somewhere in the first hundred or so, anyway. And it was in the way they didn’t coo, or caw, or trill, or song. They simply landed on the wire, and they watched him. ― Neil Gaiman

Soft feathers cannot make a cruel bird kind― Munia Khan

Birds know themselves not to be at the center of anything, but at the margins of everything. The end of the map. We only live where someone’s horizon sweeps someone else’s. We are only noticed on the edge of things; but on the edge of things, we notice much. ― Gregory Maguire

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. ― David Attenborough

Somewhere a bird sang, its chant hanging plaintive and melancholy in the still air. I think it’s a sort of lark or something. Our tradition has it that they sing with the voices of lost lovers. If the stars are smiling on them, you will hear its mate call back in a moment. ― Jane Johnson

Birds were created to record everything. They were not designed just to be beautiful jewels in the sky, but to serve as the eyes of heaven. ― Suzy Kassem

The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them. ― Victor Hugo

The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming. ― Sun Tzu

The stork is voiceless because there is really nothing to say. ― Will Cuppy

The past was like a bad dream; the future was all happy holiday as I moved Southwards week by week, easily, lazily, lingering as long as I dared, but always heeding the call! ― Kenneth Grahame

Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark. ― Max Lucado

If one bird foraging in a flock on the ground suddenly takes off, all other birds will take off immediately after, before they even know what’s going on. The one who stays behind may be prey. ― Frans De Waal

It occurred that the birds, whose twitters and repeated songs sounded so pretty and affirming of nature and the coming day, might actually, in a code known only to other birds, be the birds each saying ‘Get away’ or ‘This branch is mine!’ or ‘This tree is mine! I’ll kill you! Kill, kill!’ Or any manner of dark, brutal, or self-protective stuff–they might be listening to war cries. The thought came from nowhere and made his spirits dip from some reason. ― David Foster Wallace

Birds are, especially canaries, are super sensitive to hydrogen sulfide and sour gas. ― David Suzuki

You got the eggs in you; the world is fully ready to celebrate the chicks out of your laying labor. ― Never give up. Go and breed! Go and breed great dreams. ― Israelmore Ayivor

He imagines a necessary joy in things that must fly to eat. ― Wendell Berry

Without love we all like birds with broken wings. ― Mitch Albom

Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, with joyous music wake the dawning day. ― Alexander Pope

Though what bird in the best of circumstances does not look a little stricken? ― Lorrie Moore

There are stories in the air as thick as birds around me, he would say. I will save those stories from starving he would say. I have a great hunger for stories, he would say. ― Brian Doyle

Not every hen lay eggs. Not every hen that lays eggs gets them hatched. Not everyone born with greatness becomes as such. Go, hatch your eggs. ― Israelmore Ayivor

Poetry is like a bird; it ignores all frontiers. ― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Birds are not free since Men have invented cages. ― Mehmet Murat ildan

Here is the door of my mom’s house, well-remembered childhood portal. Here is the yard, and a set of wires that runs from the house to a wooden pole, and some fat birds sitting together on the wires, five of them lined up like beads on an abacus. ― Dan Chaon

O Heavenly Children, do not forget that God is here, there and everywhere. The birds are his eyes and the air is his ears. And as you sleep, your heart and soul rest naked before him. He can drink from the rivers of your thoughts, and even feel the wetness of your tears. ― Suzy Kassem

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. ― C. S. Lewis

Birds are the most accomplished aeronauts the world has ever seen. They fly high and low, at great speed, and very slowly. And always with extraordinary precision and control. ― David Attenborough

The crow flew closer, as if to hear its praises. ― Emma Donoghue

The baloney weighed the raven down, and the shopkeeper almost caught him as he whisked out the delicatessen door. ― Peter S. Beagle

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses. ― Dale Carnegie

Birds teach us something very important: To whatever height you rise, you will finally come down to the ground! ― Mehmet Murat ildan

A goose flies by a chart the Royal Geographic Society could not improve. ― Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The sun’s rays have vision and give us vision. However, it is the birds’ eyes and the two invisible angels by your side that record everything. Nothing goes unnoticed throughout the universe. Wherever there is a vibration, there are eyes and ears. Some energies don’t need ears or vision to see or hear, they can feel what is in your heart and tap into all your sins and fears. ― Suzy Kassem

Just as the bird needs wings to fly, a leader needs useful information to flow. Leaders learn. ― Israelmore Ayivo

Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten that the world is meant to be celebrated. ― Terry Tempest Williams

I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question. ― Harun Yahya

Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, With charm of earliest birds. ― John Milton

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