97+ Best Owl Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational owl quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Owl Quotes

The significant owl hoots in the night. — Terry Pratchett

Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is easy thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking I mean thinking – you and I must do it. — A. A. Milne

You don’t need people’s opinion on a fact. You might as well have a poll asking: ‘Which number is bigger, 15 or 5?’ or ‘Do owls exist?’ or ‘Are there hats?’ — John Oliver

I think the shocking thing to discover is the owls are not stupid and very feral, very hard to train. — Robbie Coltraine

Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes. — Patrick Rothfuss

Top management is supposed to be a tree full of owls-hooting when management heads into the wrong part of the forest. I’m still unpersuaded they even know where the forest is. — Robert Townsend

Owl explained about the Necessary Dorsal Muscles. He had explained this to Pooh and Christopher Robin once before and had been waiting for a chance to do it again, because it is a thing you can easily explain twice before anybody knows what you are talking about. — A. A. Milne

I do not set specific work hours as some writers do. I generally stay with a chapter until I am satisfied, do very little rewriting, and if a scene is going well, I’ve been known to keep night owl hours. — Sharon Kay Penman

I live in Topanga Canyon, which is like a faux-rustic enclave in Los Angeles. I love the sounds of all the critters outside – the frogs, owls, crickets, and birds. Some of the birds around here are pretty accomplished musicians. You can learn a lot from them. — Cliff Martinez

I’m not very keen for doves or hawks. I think we need more owls. — George Aiken

Harry Potter, he sends a message on Owl Mail while us poor old muggles have to make do with instantaneous emails and texting. Oh, if only we could be like you Harry Potter, with your four day owl delivery! — Craig Ferguson

Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits. — Lord Alfred Tennyson

There was a wise old owl who sat in a tree The less he spoke the more he heard The more he heard the less he spoke Why can’t we be like that wise old owl in the tree? Speech must die to serve that which is spoken. — Paul Ricoeur

Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see them that they stayed there until very nearly tea-time, and then they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl. — A. A. Milne

We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit. — Tom Brown, Jr.

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The owl goes not into the nest of the lark. — Victor Hugo

Beware The Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed speak not a whispered word of them or they’ll send the Talon for your head. — Scott Snyder

More like some small, fierce bird of prey, something with a sharp bite. An owl perhaps, that speaks only when the rest of the world sleeps. Jenny will do well enough. — Juliet Marillier

Senator Kennedy joined Harvard’s Owl Club in 1954, a social organization similar to a fraternity, before women were admitted to the campus and long before they were integrated into campus life. — Melissa Wagoner

A professional model is like a stuffed owl. These girls are alive. — Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

The rugs that I picked out and the pillows with the little owls, sort of like whimsical throw pillows – I feel like you can never enough whimsical throw pillows in your house, in your life. My husband probably disagrees. — Busy Philipps

Slowly my body grows a single sound, slowly I become a bell, an oval, disembodied vowel, I grow, an owl, an aureole, white fire poesia Metamorfosi, I. Luna — Derek Walcott

I plead alignment to the flakes of the untitled snakes of a merry cow and to the republicrats for which they scam: one nacho, underpants with licorice and jugs of wine for owls. — Matt Groening

The Bat that flits at close of EveHas left the Brain that won’t believe.The Owl that calls upon the NightSpeaks the Unbeliever’s fright. — William Blake

And they brought an Owl, and a useful Cart, And a pound of Rice, and a CranberryTart, And a hive of silvery Bees. And they brought a Pig, and some green Jack-daws, And a lovely Monkey with lollipop paws, and forty Bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree, And no end of Stilton Cheese. — Edward Lear

Reality is a lovely place, but I wouldn’t want to live there. — Adam Young

The worst part of it is you don’t know if he’s barking at an owl, the moon or a burglar! That’s one of the drawbacks of a limited vocabulary! — Charles M. Schulz

Understanding is always in some sense retrospective, which is what Hegel meant by remarking that the owl of Minerva flies only at night. — Terry Eagleton

Words should wander and meander. They should fly like owls and flicker like bats and slip like cats. They should murmur and scream and dance and sing. — David Almond

Hush little owl, You’re with Twi. I got the moves to get you by. Big bad crows. St. Aggie’s scamps Ain’t got nothin to show the champ. I’ll pop a spiral With a twist, Do a three-sixty And scatter mist—- — Kathryn Lasky

Oh cat, I’d say, or pray: be-ootiful cat! Delicious cat! Exquisite cat! Satiny cat! Cat like a soft owl, cat with paws like moths, jewelled cat, miraculous cat! Cat, cat, cat, cat. — Doris Lessing

The thing about owls is that they do sort of have this facial disc, which is unlike any other bird. They kind of have a face, more than like a dog or a giraffe. They have this weird, alien face that you can actually make expressive. — Zack Snyder

I had the heaviest paper round in Ilkley, West Yorks, and if you look at my shoulders one is still lower than the other. I also did a milk round for a day. It was awful. I was a very surly milkman, because it was very cold, very dark and very early. I am a lark, not an owl, but not in winter when it’s chilly. Apart from that I went straight into gardening at 15. — Alan Titchmarsh

You know what I hate the most? People that imitate owls. — Emo Philips

I am excited about the opportunity to coach at Temple University and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in keeping Owl basketball among the nation’s elite programs. — Fran Dunphy

I really liked the snake that breaks out of the cage in the beginning of the movie. I saw it in real life, and it was really cool. Really big and fat. The owls are cool as well, but you can’t really pet them. — Tom Felton

Owl hasn’t exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things. — A. A. Milne

The owl flies, in the moonlight, over a field where the wounded cry out. Like the owl, I fly in the night over my own misfortune. — Georges Bataille

The spider is the chamberlain in the Palace of the Caesars The owl is the trumpeter on the battlements of Afrasiyah. — Bill Vaughan

Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed. — Aristotle

Who wouldn’t want to see some owl eggs? I said, Come on then, they are down here. He said, Tallulah, the answer to who wouldn’t want to see some owl eggs is… me!!!! — Louise Rennison

An owl sound wandered along the road with me. I didn’t hear it–I breathed it into my ears. — William Stafford

Al Golden is a very engaging, energetic coach. He has contributed a great deal to our program which hopefully gives him a good model on how to do things right. His coming to Temple is a real plus for the Owl program. — Al Groh

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea/ In a beautiful pea-green boat,/ They took some honey, and plenty of money,/ Wrapped up in a five-pound note. — Edward Lear

This agreement protects acres of old forests that are good for the owl and other animals that would not have had protection otherwise. — Becky Kelley

He has discontinued his affiliation with it (the Owl Club). He believes it is a mistake to be affiliated with it. — Laura Capps

The wailing owl screams solitary to the mournful moon. — David Mallet

I think I’m a tiny bit like Harry ‘cos I’d like to have an owl. Yeah, that’s the tiny bit, actually. — Daniel Radcliffe

It’s the little details I love. How to fletch your arrows with owl feathers, because owls fly silently, so maybe your arrows will, too. How to carry fire in a piece of smouldering fungus wrapped in birchbark. These are the things which help a world come alive. — Michelle Paver

Don’t, Ginny, we’ll send you loads of owls. We’ll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat. George! Only joking, Mum. — J. K. Rowling

I often have deer on my property and there’s a fox and owls. You’re not going to see that in the city. — Billy Corgan

Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water ousel sings in the voice of the stream. She builds her nest back of the waterfalls so the water is a lullaby to the little ones. Must be where they learn it. — Karen Joy Fowler

As Hegel put it, only when it is dark does the owl of Minerva begin its flight. Only in extinction is the collector comprehend. — Walter Benjamin

I will be deafer than the blue-eyed cat, And thrice as blind as any noonday owl, To holy virgins in their ecstasies. — Alfred Lord Tennyson

We have a very old conservation movement, particularly in the United States, which has focused on campaigns to protect endangered species: the spotted owl, the old-growth forest. But usually it stops there. To me, biodiversity is the full spectrum. Species conservation is not only about wilderness conservation. It’s also about protecting the livelihood of people even while changing the dominant relationship that humans have had with other species. In India, it’s an economic issue, not just an ecological one. — Vandana Shiva

There was an Old Man with an owl, Who continued to bother and howl; He sate on a rail, and imbibed bitter ale, Which refreshed that Old Man and his owl. — Edward Lear

Thou ominous and fearful owl of death. — William Shakespeare

Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast; Is that portentous phrase, I told you so. — Lord Byron

I consider anybody a twerp who hasn’t read the greatest American short story, which is ‘Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,’ by Ambrose Bierce. — Kurt Vonnegut

If this were a made-up story, it would begin at night, with a storm blowing and owls hooting and rattling noises under the bed. — Darren Shan

That’s not precisely what I had in mind. Jamie, I had found out by accident a few days previously, had never mastered the art of winking one eye. Instead, he blinked solemnly, like a large red owl. — Diana Gabaldon

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl. — Ernest Hemingway

When we asked Pooh what the opposite of an Introduction was, he said The what of a what? which didn’t help us as much as we had hoped, but luckily Owl kept his head and told us that the Opposite of an Introduction, my dear Pooh, was a Contradiction; and, as he is very good at long words, I am sure that that’s what it is. — A. A. Milne

I’m a bit of a night owl because that’s when I feel the most creative and alive. — Christina Aguilera

Can grave and formal pass for wise, When Men the solemn Owl despise? — Benjamin Franklin

It did get the word out to a lot more people about the owl and how fragile their environment is. — Michael Orchin

And if anyone knows anything about anything, said Bear to himself, it’s Owl who knows something about something, he said, or my name’s not Winnie-the-Pooh, he said. which it is, he added. so there you are. — A. A. Milne

Well,” said Owl, “the customary procedure in such cases is as follows.” “What does Crustimoney Proseedcake mean?” said Pooh. “For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words Bother me. — A. A. Milne

We tried to talk about [the Owls’ zone], but it’s hard to replicate it. It’s nearly impossible to penetrate that zone. What you do get are open outside shots. You’re going to have to make some of them. — Chris Mooney

The clamorous owl, that nightly hoots and wonders At out quaint spirits. — William Shakespeare

I’m like an owl… I don’t give a HOOT! — Si Robertson

If I was an owl, I would peck your eyes out. Wow this lyric is ****ing brilliant. — Thom Yorke

She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew. — Jerry Spinelli

We filmed one scene on the beach and there was definitely weird energy around, and we were followed around by a white owl to several different locations, and little things like that, or certain mishaps would happen and you’d have to wonder what that was about. — Rachel True

The truth is, we [women] live like bats, or owls, labor like beasts, and die like worms. — Margaret Cavendish

So why am I depressed? That’s the million-dollar question, baby, the Tootsie Roll question; not even the owl knows the answer to that one. I don’t know either. All I know is the chronology. — Ned Vizzini

To find one’s special quality One must lead a life of deep humility. To serve in this way Never question but obey Is the blessing of St Aggie’s charity. – The owls of St. Aegolius — Kathryn Lasky

As when on some secluded branch in forest far and wide sits perched an owl, who, full of self-conceit and self-created wisdom, explains, comments, condemns, ordains and order things not understood, yet full of importance still holds forth to stocks and stones around – so sits and scribbles Mike. — Michael Faraday

You can’t hoot with the owls and then soar with the eagles — Hubert H. Humphrey

If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner. — Terry Goodkind

A legend, Kludd, is a story that you begin to feel in your gizzard and then over time it becomes true in your heart. And perhaps makes you become a better owl. — Kathryn Lasky

A wise old owl once lived in a wood, the more he heard the less he said, the less he said the more he heard, let’s emulate that wise old bird. — Flann O’Brien

The snowy owl has eyes that look just like mine, especially when it widens them. And while I stand there, staring at it, lowering my sunglasses, something unspoken passes between me and the bird – there’s this weird kind of tension, a bizarre pressure, that fuels the following, which starts, happens, ends, very quickly. — Bret Easton Ellis

Suspicion is an owl that flies when the light is bad and catches only vermin for food. — Austin O’Malley

For the poor wren (The most diminutive of birds) will fight, Her young ones in her nest, against the owl. — William Shakespeare

The owls are gathering; find out why soon. — J. K. Rowling

Where the bee sucks, there suck I In the cow-slip’s bell i lie There I couch when owls do cry — William Shakespeare

She wants to be flowers, but you make her owls. You must not complain, then, if she goes hunting. — Alan Garner

I like owls. I admire their intransigent spirit. I have respected them deeply ever since I met a baby owl in a wood, when it fell over dead, apparently from sheer temper, because I dared to approach it. It defied me first, and then died. I have never forgotten the horror and shame I experienced when that soft fluffy thing (towards which I had nothing but the most humanitarian motives) fell dead from rage at my feet. — Vita Sackville-West

Just then, with a wink and a sly normal lurch, The owl very gravely got down from his perch, Walked round, and regarded his fault-finding critic (Who thought he was stuffed) with a glance analytic. — James Thomas Fields

Don’t count your owls before they are delivered. — J. K. Rowling

Then at night the general stillness is more impressive than any sound, but occasionally you hear the note of an owl farther or nearer in the woods, and if near a lake, the semihuman cry of the loons at their unearthly revels. — Henry David Thoreau

We’re elated. The more times the owl is mentioned, the more aware people get about it. The more recognition, the better. — Michael Orchin

If we don’t preserve forest habitat for spotted owls, then soon we won’t have trees to refresh the air we breathe. And we’re realizing that this applies to social ecology, as well. — Sam Keen

In New York, everybody looks great and is well dressed, but seeing someone in Ohio wearing Marc Jacobs is like spotting an owl in Central Park. Rare. — Isabel Gillies

My very small part in WATCHMEN is that, every now and then, Alan would phone me: ”Neil, you’re an educated man. Where does it say…” He would need a quote from the Bible, or an essay about owls. I was his occasional research assistant. — Neil Gaiman

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