Birds Quotes

And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.- Friedrich Nietzsche

If I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates him or envies him or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered or in danger, and he can eat anything.- William Faulkner

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

The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not grasp.- John Berry

The cuckoo is a lazy bird,
She never builds a nest,
She makes herself busy
By singing to the rest.- Unknown

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply that they have perfect faith, for faith is necessary to have wings.- James M. Barrie

Use whatever talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sing the best.- Henry Van Dyke

We never miss the music until the sweet voiced bird has flown away.- O. Henry

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

A buffalo does not feel the weight of his own horns. - Indian Proverb

A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion. - Sai Baba

According to the Sutras, evil deeds result in hardships and good deeds result in blessings. - Bodhidharma

According to the true Indian view, our consciousness of the world, merely as the sum total of things that exist, and as governed by laws, is imperfect. But it is perfect when our consciousness realizes all things as spiritually one with it, and there - Rabindranath Tagore

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter. - Sai Baba

Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house. - Ramakrishna

Do not be misled by what you see around you, or be influenced by what you see. You live in a world which is a playground of illusion, full of false paths, false values and false ideals. But you are not part of that world. - Sai Baba

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes. - Jawaharlal Nehru

Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you. - Prem Rawat

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. - Mahatma Gandhi

If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it’s the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. - Bodhidharma

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. - Mahatma Gandhi

It is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practice it. - Ramakrishna

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. - Mahatma Gandhi

It is natural to have your favorite actor or actress or musician or composer. But India is the only place where we fight over it. - Ravi Shankar

It must be emphasized that nonviolent resistance is not a method for cowards; it does resist. If one uses this method because he is afraid or merely because he lacks the instruments of violence, he is not truly nonviolent. This is why Gandhi often said that if cowardice is the only alternative to violence, it is better to fight. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, 1958

Life is a tide; float on it. Go down with it and go up with it, but be detached. Then it is not difficult. - Prem Rawat

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play it is free will. - Jawaharlal Nehru

Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. - Sai Baba

Many good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them will not make one religious. - Ramakrishna

She was mother not only to me but to the whole nation. She served the Indian people to the last drop of her blood. - Rajiv Gandhi (speaking of his mother Indira Gandhi)

The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others. - Paramahansa Yogananda

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all. - Jawaharlal Nehru

There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. - Paramahansa Yogananda

This makes it almost impossible for new doctors from India [to get a job] and even the 800 and odd unemployed Indian doctors who are already here hoping to get a training assignment will now have to pack up and go once their visa expires. - Dr Shiv Pande

We are very excited to be in India. We have been looking forward to this moment for a long time now. Though we have visited India earlier, we would be performing live for the Indian audience for the first time and we know its going to be amazing. - Russell Graham

We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made - Albert Einstein

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. - Sai Baba

Why do birds sing in the morning? It's the triumphant shout: "We got through another night!"-Enid Bagnold

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.-John Benfield

The birds are moulting. If only man could moult also - his mind once a year its errors, his heart once a year its useless passions.-James Allen

Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.-David Brent

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

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.-John Berry

The state bird of New York is the Jaywalk.-Archie Bulger

Birds are taken with pipes that imitate their own voices, and men with those sayings that are most agreeable to their own opinions.-Samuel Butler

But calm, white calm, was born into a swan.-Elizabeth Coatsworth

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

Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.-Rachel Carson

You know that if I were reincarnated, I'd want to come back a buzzard. Nothing hates or envies him, or wants him or needs him. He is never bothered and he can eat anything.-William Faulkner

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird . . . So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing - that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.-Richard P. Feynman

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character . . . like those among men who live by sharping and robbing, he is generally poor, and often very lousy . . . the turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.-Benjamin Franklin

If I could come back as anything - I'd be a bird, first, but definitely the command key is my second choice.-Nikki Giovanni

Be like the bird in flight . . . pausing a while on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, yet sings knowing yet, that she has wings.-Victor Marie Hugo

Each bird must sing with his own throat.-Henrik Ibsen

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

Ostrich, n.: A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly.-Ambrose Bierce

God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into the nest.-Josiah Gilbert Holland

Turkey, n. A large bird whose flesh when eaten on certain religious anniversaries has the peculiar property of attesting piety and gratitude. Incidentally, it is pretty good eating.-Ambrose Bierce

Growing up, my Mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam head-first into our living room window. If she "really" felt bad, though, she'd have moved the bird feeder outside.-Rich Johnson

Carols of gladness ring from every tree.-Frances Anne Kemble

Bird watching is a bloodless expression of manÕs primitive hunting instincts. We have substituted binoculars and cameras for the gun, but we still seek a trophy - A new species on a life list, or photographs of one of earthÕs rarest and most exquisite creatures. Our search may take us no farther than a nearby meadow - Or it can lead to the cloud forests of tropical mountains.-James A. Kern

If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.-Nikita Khrushchev

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

Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.-Harper Lee

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

My favorite weather is bird-chirping weather.-Loire Hartwould

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.-Chinese Proverb

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.-Carl Sandburg

If the bird does like its cage, and does like its sugar, and will not leave it, why keep the door so very carefully shut?-Olive Schreiner

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

The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air.-Rabindranath (Thakur) Tagore

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.-Rachel Carson

Men have hitherto treated women like birds which have strayed down to them from the heights; as something more delicate, more fragile, more savage, stranger, sweeter, soulful - but as something which has to be caged up so that it shall not fly away.-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

"What kind of bird are you, if you can't fly?" said he. To this the duck replied, "What kind of bird are you if you can't swim?" and dived into the pond.-Sergei Prokofiev

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.-Henry David Thoreau

The mosquito is the state bird of New Jersey.-Andy Warhol

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

And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he for ever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar.-Herman Melville

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

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

It's a good thing we have gravity, or else when birds died they'd just stay right up there. Hunters would be all confused.-Steven Wright

Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.-Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?-The Bible

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.-Chinese Proverb

A bird which eats berries can be caught, but not a bird that eats wood.-Maori Proverb

"Hear! hear!" screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, "winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it."-Henry David Thoreau

When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.-John Burroughs

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

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?-Rose F. Kennedy

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.-Joseph Addison

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 Lynd

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.-Henry David Thoreau

Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.-Izaak Walton

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Seagulls... slim yachts of the element.-Robinson Jeffers

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them.-Martin H. Fischer

You have to believe in happiness,
Or happiness never comes ...
Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing -
On his darkest day he believes in Spring.-Douglas Malloch

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore -
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping.-Edgar Allan Poe

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers - a living prismatic gem.... it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.-W.H. Hudson

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!-Robert Browning

No sadder sound salutes you than the clear, Wild laughter of the loon.-Celia Thaxter

Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.-Henry Van Dyke