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When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up
A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and
archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic
world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has
never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a
live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it
that the enigma has rather increased than diminished.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
One swallow does not make a summer.
How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by
I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because
it has a song.
Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds
change color and fall from the trees.
I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to
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
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
Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their
curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the
shame of art.
God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and
The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet.
A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and
intense his life. . . . The beautiful vagabonds, endowed with
every grace, masters of all climes, and knowing no bounds -- how
many human aspirations are realised in their free, holiday-lives
-- and how many suggestions to the poet in their flight and song!
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of
cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
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
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to
delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
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.
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
When thou seest an eagle, thou seest a portion of genius; lift up
You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
William Henry Hudson
You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying
over your head, but you can prevent them from
building nests in your hair. Chinese Proverb
If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to
sing like a bird. Jewish Proverb
The bird of paradise alights only on the hand that does not
grasp. John Berry
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. A. W.
Let sinful bachelors their woes deplore; full well they merit all
they feel, and more: unaw by precepts, human or divine, like
birds and beasts, promiscuously they join. Alexander Pope
The early bird gets the worm. American Proverb
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if
supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire
escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I
walkedu Anais Nin
It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the
Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes. Anne Baxter
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.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. C. Archie
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
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.
A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise
old bird? Edward Hersey Richards
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
Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they
never fly by twilight. Francis Bacon
Faith without works is like a bird without wings; though she may
hop with her companions on earth, yet she will never fly with
them to heaven. Francis Beaumont
The screech and mechanical uproar of the big city turns the
citified head, fills citified ears -- as the song of birds, wind
in the trees, animal cries, or as the voices and songs of his
loved ones once filled his heart. He is sidewalk-happy. Frank
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony
surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on
their first flight are hardly so hovered around. Georges
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.
A forest bird never wants a cage.
Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if
no birds sang there except those that sang best. Henry Van Dyke
Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the
rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds
in last year's nest!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems
like a nest from which the bird has flown.
Henry Ward Beecher
O fret not after knowledge -- I have none, and yet my song comes
native with the warmth. O fret not after knowledge -- I have
none, and yet the Evening listens.
History repeats itself, but the special call of an art which has
passed away is never reproduced. It is as utterly gone out of the
world as the song of a destroyed wild bird. Joseph Conrad
Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged
bird that cannot fly. Langston Hughes
She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite
what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that
keeps a parrot. Mark Twain
It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of
paradise. Mark Twain
A good servant is a real godsend, but truly this is a rare bird
in the land.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it
has a song.
It happens as one sees in cages: the birds who are outside
despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous
of getting out
Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
It's just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I
beat people up. Muhammad Ali
If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the
P. D. James
What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural
that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?
Pedro Calderón de la Barca
When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck
and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.
Richard C. Cushing
O lyric Love, half angel and half bird. And all a wonder and a
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
I have always believed that God never gives a cross to bear
larger than we can carry. No matter what, he wants us to be
happy, not sad. birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't we?
Rose F. Kennedy
I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the
Sir James M. Barrie
For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the
flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is
come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
Father in Heaven! When the thought of thee wakes in our hearts
let it not awaken like a frightened bird that flies about in
dismay, but like a child waking from its sleep with a heavenly
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.
Listening: A wise old owl sat in an oak. The longer he sat, the
less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we
be like that wise old bird?
Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages.
Spiro T. Agnew
He who interrupts the course of his spiritual exercises and
prayer is like a man who allows a bird to escape from his hand;
he can hardly catch it again.
St. John of the Cross
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