Bird quotes

  • The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Motivation #Bird

  • A world without poetry and art would be too much like one without birds or flowers: bearable but a lot less enjoyable.
    -- Aberjhani

    #Art #Flower #Bird

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

    #Morning #Bird #Matter

  • It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
    -- Aesop

    #Being Yourself #Bird #Fine

  • You drew a bird that was here, a kind of sweet chanticleer. But with a terrible fear that the cage couldn't tame
    -- Aimee Mann

    #Sweet #Bird #Cages

  • I am like a tree in a forest. Birds come to the tree, they sit on its branches and eat its fruits. To the birds, the fruit may be sweet or sour or whatever. The birds say sweet or they say sour, but from the tree's point of view, this is just the chattering of birds.
    -- Ajahn Chah

    #Sweet #Views #Bird

  • The United States is a big country but unfortunately it seems it has the brain of a little bird not befitting the greatness of the country.
    -- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

    #Country #Greatness #Bird

  • Whoever says that all music is prohibited, let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.
    -- Al-Ghazali

    #Song #Bird #Claims

  • We attain freedom as we let go of whatever does not reflect our magnificence. A bird cannot fly high or far with a stone tied to its back. But release the impediment, and we are free to soar to unprecedented heights.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Letting Go #Starting Over #Bird

  • All I know of birds to this date is that sparrows are the ones that are not pigeons.
    -- Alan Coren

    #Bird #Sparrows #Pigeons

  • Archaeopteryx probably cannot tell us much about the early origins of feathers and flight in true protobirds because Archaeopteryx was, in the modern sense, a bird.
    -- Alan Feduccia

    #Bird #Evolution #Flight

  • Paleontologists have tried to turn Archaeopteryx into an earth-bound, feathered dinosaur. But it's not. It is a bird, a perching bird. And no amount of 'paleobabble' is going to change that.
    -- Alan Feduccia

    #Bird #Earth #Dinosaurs

  • On the contrary, there is a considerable body of evidence that these fossil traces, known as 'dino-fuzz', have nothing to do with bird feathers... I, and many others, do not find any credible evidence that those structures represent protofeathers.
    -- Alan Feduccia

    #Bird #Body #Fossils

  • Instead of regarding birds as deriving from dinosaurs, Scansoriopteryx reinstates the validity of regarding them as a separate class uniquely avian and non-dinosaurian.
    -- Alan Feduccia

    #Class #Bird #Dinosaurs

  • In missional churches, the baby birds have been pushed out of the nest and are learning to fly for themselves.
    -- Alan Hirsch

    #Baby #Bird #Church

  • I don't mind being 65, but nobody is gonna tell me to come in at 5:30 to have the early bird special.
    -- Alan King

    #Bird #Mind #Special

  • In software systems it is often the early bird that makes the worm.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Technology #Bird #Worms

  • Every true writer is like a bird; he repeats the same song, the same theme, all his life. For me, this theme as always been revolt.
    -- Alberto Moravia

    #Song #Bird #Theme

  • Fortunately, however, birds don't understand pep talks. Not even St. Francis'. Just imagine, he went on, preaching sermons to perfectly good thrushes and goldfinches and chiff-chaffs! What presumption! Why couldn't he have kept his mouth shut and let the birds preach to him?
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Bird #Mouths #Imagine

  • You've built your homeyou've fledged your birdsyou've beaten the windwith your bonesyou've finished alonewhat no one began
    -- Alejandra Pizarnik

    #Bird

  • Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Thinking #Bird #Flying

  • Birds born in cages think that flying is a disease.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Thinking #Bird #Flying

  • Hear how the birds, on ev'ry blooming spray, With joyous musick wake the dawning day.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Bird #Blooming #Joyous

  • It often happens that those are the best people whose characters have been most injured by slanderers: as we usually find that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds have been picking at.
    -- Alexander Pope

    #Character #People #Bird

  • 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

    #Success #Bird #Opinion

  • What birds can have their bills more peculiarly formed than the ibis, the spoonbill, and the heron?
    -- Alfred Russel Wallace

    #Bird #Bills #Herons

  • I never think about actual things when I'm painting. I'm not thinking, "I'm going to put a person here, a tree here and a bird there." The beginning stage is always the sound. From that, slowly, stories come about based on what I'm reading or thinking at the time, but if I didn't have that sound I don't know what I would do.
    -- Ali Banisadr

    #Reading #Thinking #Bird

  • With mimicry, with praises, with echoes, or with answers, the poets have all but outsung the bell. The inarticulate bell has found too much interpretation, too many rhymes professing to close with her inaccessible utterance, and to agree with her remote tongue. The bell, like the bird, is a musician pestered with literature.
    -- Alice Meynell

    #Echoes #Bird #Too Much

  • Maggie threw her head back and laughed. 'So you're going to try...what? Birds of a Feather?' she quested. 'Of course not,' Kat said. 'Everyone knows the French government banned the importation of peacocks in 1987.
    -- Ally Carter

    #Government #Bird #Trying

  • Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.
    -- Alma Gluck

    #Butterfly #Artist #Bird

  • But Nature too, shakes off her sleep today; By May's mild sun we see reviv'd her frame, Around my window Venus' birds proclaim, The month most cherish'd backwards bends his way!
    -- Alphonse de Lamartine

    #Sleep #Bird #Months

  • Stuffing is evil. Stuffing adds mass, so it slows the cooking. That's evil because the longer the bird cooks, the drier it will be.
    -- Alton Brown

    #Evil #Bird #Cooking

  • She flew like a bird, only faster.
    -- Alvin M. Johnston

    #Airplane #Bird #Flew

  • Phoenix, n. The classical prototype of the modern 'small hot bird.'
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Phoenix #Bird #Hot

  • Magpie, n.: A bird whose theivish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk.
    -- Ambrose Bierce

    #Bird #Might #Taught

  • They say the first of my kind was Alasdair, a human raised by hawks. She learned the languages of birds and was gifted with their form.
    -- Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

    #Bird #Hawks #Firsts

  • A bird is safe in its nest - but that is not what its wings are made for.
    -- Amit Ray

    #Wings #Bird #Safe

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

    #Compassion #Bird #Darkness

  • In many ways, I regard Sharon and Arafat as birds of a feather.
    -- Amos Oz

    #Bird #Way #Sharon

  • A psychiatrist does not want you to wake up. He tells you to dream some more, to find the pond and pour more tears into it. And really, he's just another bird drinking from your misery.
    -- Amy Tan

    #Dream #Drinking #Bird

  • I prefer empty cages, Sabina, until I find a unique bird I once saw in my dreams.
    -- Anais Nin

    #Dream #Unique #Bird

  • Honestly, I do not experience fear in the mountains. On the contraryI feel my shoulders straightening, squaring, like the birds as they straighten their wings. I enjoy the freedom and the altitude. It is only when I return to life below that I feel the world's weight on my shoulders.
    -- Anatoli Boukreev

    #Wings #Bird #Mountain

  • Like a bird, when his cage is opened, stays on his perch, dazzled by freedom, the postponed traveler does not see that his cage, with its bars of anxiety, it is open.
    -- Andre Maurois

    #Bird #Anxiety #Doe

  • Now let us sport us while we may; And now, like amorous birds of prey, Rather at once our time devour, Than languish in his slow-chapped power.
    -- Andrew Marvell

    #Sports #Time #Bird

  • Like birds whose wings are broken, you live without direction!
    -- Andy Biersack

    #Wings #Broken #Bird

  • Each time Stalker called you 'dove', I wanted to hit him. Because you're not a little gray bird... you're all the light in the world.
    -- Ann Aguirre

    #Light #Bird #World

  • While I am watching the birds I believe I am comparatively immune from the assaults of life. The very indifference to humanity of these wild creatures affords me a certain safeguard. Where all else is dangerous, hostile and liable to inflict pain, they alone can do me no injury because, probably, they are not even aware of my existence. The birds are at once my refuge and my relaxation.
    -- Anna Kavan

    #Pain #Believe #Bird

  • Are we not witnessing a strange tableau of survival whenever a bird alights on the head of a crocodile, bringing together the evolutionary offspring of Triassic and Jurassic?
    -- Anna Lee

    #Bird #Survival #Together

  • Okay. I picked up a movie to watch tonight. You can watch it with me if you like. It's a chick movie. Merri Lee said that means girls like it, not that there are small birds in it.
    -- Anne Bishop

    #Mean Girls #Bird #Watches

  • Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Writing #Bird #Buddy

  • Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Butterfly #Perfect #Bird

  • Now we're like planets, holding to each other from a great distance. [...] Now we're hundreds of miles apart, our short arms keep us lonely, no one hears what's in my head. [...] It's March, even the birds don't know what to do with themselves.
    -- Anne Michaels

    #Lonely #Distance #Bird

  • I hear the birds singing. Listen. I hear them in their cage. The others-all our kind who know of her-they think of her as heartless, but she wasn't heartless. She was only aware of things which I didn't learn till so many decades had passed. She knew secrets that only suffering can teach...
    -- Anne Rice

    #Thinking #Bird #Heartless

  • Blackbirds are the cellos of the deep farms.
    -- Anne Stevenson

    #Bird #Blackbirds

  • I can't understand why the front pages of newspapers can cover bird flu and swine flu and everybody is up in arms about that and we still haven't really woken up to the fact that so many women in sub-Saharan Africa - 60 percent of people in - infected with HIV are women.
    -- Annie Lennox

    #People #Bird #Hiv

  • How do you catch a beautiful bird without killing it? By becoming the sky.
    -- Antero Alli

    #Beautiful #Sky #Bird

  • Blessed tree and blessed birds, that were to be neither saved nor damned.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Blessed #Bird #Tree

  • It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.
    -- Anthony Burgess

    #Wine #Bird #Heaven

  • The birds fly in the wrong places and there are too many stars in the sky.
    -- Anthony Horowitz

    #Stars #Sky #Bird

  • My ex-girlfriend owned a parakeet…oh my god, that f**king thing would never shut up. But the bird was cool.
    -- Anthony Jeselnik

    #Girlfriend #Kings #Bird

  • Damned money! Alas! How many religious did it blind! How many cloistered religious did it deceive! Money is the 'droppings of birds' that blinded the eyes of Tobit.
    -- Anthony of Padua

    #Religious #Eye #Bird

  • I believe that for his escape he took advantage of the migration of a flock of wild birds.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Believe #Bird #Migration

  • Even when a bird walks, one feels it has wings.
    -- Antoine-Marin Lemierre

    #Wings #Bird #Walks

  • Even when the bird walks we see that it has wings.
    -- Antoine-Marin Lemierre

    #Wings #Bird #Walks

  • When a person hasn't in him that which is higher and stronger than all external influences, it is enough for him to catch a good cold in order to lose his equilibrium and begin to see an owl in every bird, to hear a dog's bark in every sound.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Dog #Order #Bird

  • Imagine, for example, birds. When they look out at the world, they have a sense that they are alive. If they are in pain, they can do something about it. If they have hunger or thirst, they can satisfy that. It's this basic feeling that there is life ticking away inside of you.
    -- Antonio Damasio

    #Pain #Bird #Feelings

  • The power that makes grass grow, fruit ripen, and guides the bird in flight is in us all.
    -- Anzia Yezierska

    #Bird #Fruit #Flight

  • A poem should be wordless As the flight of birds.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Bird #Flight #Should

  • What the men like best are what there's the least sense in, dresses you can't sit down in, that won't stand a lot of action, that hobble you and truss you up and slow you down and fix it so you can't hardly breathe, till finally you're off in one corner, like a bird in a cage, not cluttering up the busy paths in life that men has got to use. That's the styles they really like!
    -- Ardyth Kennelly

    #Men #Clothes #Bird

  • I wouldn't steal anything because stealing is wrong. If I had to, I'd steal a caged bird and set it free.
    -- Arthur Darvill

    #Bird #Caged Birds #Stealing

  • Her beauty was sold for an old man's gold. She's a bird in a gilded cage.
    -- Arthur J. Lamb

    #Men #Bird #Gold

  • The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.
    -- Arthur Miller

    #Home #Play #Bird

  • By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest.
    -- Ashanti

    #Bird #Nests #Practicality

  • Wherever the bird with no feet flew, she found trees with no limbs.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Feet #Bird #Tree

  • Every minute of his life since then has been marked by her absence, every action has lacked dimension because she is not there to measure against. And when I was young I didn't understand, but now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.
    -- Audrey Niffenegger

    #Dark #Bird #Dimensions

  • absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird
    -- Audrey Niffenegger

    #Dark #Bird #Nerves

  • Instead of watching the bird as it flies above our heads, we chase his shadow along the ground; and, finding we cannot grasp it, we conclude it to be nothing.
    -- Augustus William Hare

    #Bird #Shadow #Findings

  • We found the future, like birds fly into windows.
    -- Austin Kleon

    #Bird #Chaos #Window

  • Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage.
    -- Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    #Doors #Bird #Islam

  • Birds fly and fish swim and I do this.
    -- B.J. Penn

    #Mma #Bird #Swim

  • The Yogi conquers the body by the practice of asanas, making the body a fit vehicle for the spirit. The Yogi knows that it is a necessary vehicle for the spirit, for a soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly.
    -- B.K.S. Iyengar

    #Practice #Bird #Soul

  • No longer was light analogous to the discharge of a blunderbuss, but rather to the pulsating flight of birds.
    -- Banesh Hoffmann

    #Light #Bird #Flight

  • Thanks for this day, for all birds safe in their nests, for whatever this is, for life.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Bird #Safe #Nests

  • How strange to read of a place in a book, and then stand on it, listen to the birds sing, and spit on the cobbles if you want.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Book #Bird #Want

  • In exchange for his first taste of powdered milk, Pascal showed me a tree we could climb to find a bird's nest. After we handled and examined the pink-skinned baby birds, he popped one of them into his mouth like a jujube. It seemed to please him a lot. He offered a baby bird to me, pantomiming that I should eat it. I understood perfectly well what he meant, but I refused. He did not seem disappointed to have to eat the whole brood himself.
    -- Barbara Kingsolver

    #Baby #Bird #Tree

  • Aesthetics is to artists as ornithology is to birds.
    -- Barnett Newman

    #Artist #Bird #Ornithology

  • Aesthetics is for the artist like ornithology is for the birds.
    -- Barnett Newman

    #Art #Bird #Ornithology

  • How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!
    -- Belva Plain

    #Bird #Desire #Caught

  • Poets are far rarer birds than kings.
    -- Ben Jonson

    #Kings #Bird #Poet

  • 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

    #Giving #Bird #Joy

  • In Nature there is no dirt, everything is in the right condition; the swamp and the worm, as well as the grass and the bird,-all is there for itself.
    -- Berthold Auerbach

    #Nature #Bird #Swamps

  • I love to swim in the nude and roam around the house in the nude. You're just as free as a bird!
    -- Bettie Page

    #House #Bird #Swim

  • If it wasn't for hustlers, gangsters & gamblers there'd be no Jazz. Wasn't middle~class who said Let's go hear Bird tonight.
    -- Betty Carter

    #Music #Bird #Tonight

  • Guilty as hell. Free as a bird. America is a great country.
    -- Bill Ayers

    #Country #America #Bird

  • The first time I came across the birds and the bees in actual flight, I couldn't identify the formation.
    -- Bill Cosby

    #Sex #Humorous #Bird

  • Doug Christie, what skill, what strenght, what power, what quickness. The visionof Magic Johnson, the athletisicm of Michael Jordan, the toughness of larry Bird. Dough Christie has it all
    -- Bill Walton

    #Skills #Bird #Strenght

  • But tomorrow, dawn will come the way I picture her, barefoot and disheveled, standing outside my window in one of the fragile cotton dresses of the poor. She will look in at me with her thin arms extended, offering a handful of birdsong and a small cup of light.
    -- Billy Collins

    #Light #Offering #Bird

  • The thing that excites me, and the thing that excited me about Twitter, is the idea of a flock of birds moving around an object in flight.
    -- Biz Stone

    #Moving #Ideas #Bird

  • Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
    -- Black Elk

    #Circles #Bird #Religion

  • It may be that some little root of the sacred tree still lives. Nourish it then, that it may leaf and bloom and fill with singing birds.
    -- Black Elk

    #Depression #Roots #Bird