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Quotes About Birds (And The Meanings Behind Them)

Bird Quotes

Welcome to our collection of bird quotes, where the rich connection between birds and humans takes flight.

Throughout history, these captivating creatures have inspired profound insights, metaphors, and proverbs that resonate with the human experience. We have gathered quite a few of them here and offered short explanations.

 

Most Meaningful Bird Quotes

#51 “No one is free; even the birds are chained to the sky.” – Bob Dylan

Freedom is a relative concept, but birds are generally seen as symbols of freedom. Even seemingly free creatures and people are still bound by the confines of their circumstances and instincts. True and absolute freedom is elusive and perhaps unattainable since inherent limitations exist for all living beings.

 

#50 “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.” ― Henry Ward Beecher

The quote playfully suggests that if humans possessed the attributes of crows, only a limited number would possess the intelligence or cleverness associated with these birds. Being truly perceptive or astute requires more than just physical attributes. There is a distinction between appearance and intellectual capabilities.

 

#49 “Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.” — Amethyst Wyldfyre

Amethyst Wyldfyre is a spiritual leader and speaker. With this quote, she conveys a sense of joy and appreciation for life, small beautiful moments, and little things.

Black-chinned Hummingbird

 

#48 “It’s like being a bird, maybe, the perspective of flying over the Earth.” – Peggy Whitson

Peggy Whitson is a retired NASA astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American as of this moment. With this quote, she describes how it feels like to watch over Earth from space.

 

#47 “The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever will be born must destroy a world.” – Hermann Hesse

In this quote, the egg symbolizes yourself – your beliefs, rules, fears, ideas of self, dependencies, etc. To grow and move forward, you have to break the egg (yourself) apart and grow into a new person.

 

#46 “In order to see birds, it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” – Robert Lynd

Observing birds often means you have to blend into the surrounding environment and stay silent and calm. This way you will also be able to fully appreciate and connect with birds in their natural habitat.

 

#45 “Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” – Salvador Dali

Intelligence alone is not enough to achieve success. Ambition is the driving force that propels you towards accomplishments.

 

#44 “Not humans, but birds often witness the most beautiful mornings in this world!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

In nowadays world, nature is often distant to most of us. We’re too busy with our daily lives, not able to appreciate the beauty of it.

 

#43 “No human ever lived in a birdless world.”― Richard Smyth

A book about the shared history of birds and humans, An Indifference of Birds offers an insight into how we have changed them and our place in their story and history.

Northern Cardinal

 

#42 “A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -Maya Angelou

Self-expression can be valuable in and of itself, regardless of any specific objective or meaning.

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#41 “How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down?” – Henry David Thoreau

The quote comes from the book Walden; Life in the Woods and describes Henry David Thoreau’s life in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It can be taken literally, but metaphorically it implies that when something essential, like inspiration or purpose, is destroyed, it becomes challenging for creativity or positivity to thrive.

 

#40 “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

As many cultures and beliefs believe, this quote, too, suggests that birds serve as the heavenly witnesses and act as a connection between the terrestrial and celestial realms. The quote comes from the book Rise Up and Salute the Sun written by Suzy Kassem, said to be the granddaughter or a respected sage.

 

#39 “May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living” – E. E. Cummings

The quote expresses a desire to maintain an open and receptive mind to the small wonders and joys of life, which contributes to a richer and more fulfilling existence.

 

#38 “Don’t just fly. Soar.” – Kelly Markey

Don’t just fly, soar is a self-help book by Kelly Markey. The book motivates readers to overcome adversity, discover their purpose, and create a fulfilling life.

Golden Eagle soaring in the sky

 

#37 “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.” – Langston Hughes

Without dreams or aspirations, people become stagnant and lack purpose, akin to a bird with broken wings unable to soar. Pursue your aspirations, for this will offer fulfillment and meaning to your life.

 

#36 “Birds are the last of the dinosaurs. Tiny velociraptors with wings. Devouring defenseless wiggly things, nuts, fish, and other birds. They get the early worms. And have you ever watched a chicken eat? They may look innocent, but birds are, well, they’re vicious.” — Neil Gaiman

The quote humorously highlights the evolutionary connection between birds and dinosaurs, emphasizing their predatory nature and contrasting the seemingly harmless appearance of birds with their voracious appetite and ruthless behavior. You can find the quote in Neil Gaiman’s book Anansi Boys.

 

#35 “Crows will fight over a dead man’s flesh and kill each other for his eyes.” ― George R. R. Martin

In times of war, desperation, and scarcity, people may and more than likely will fight over and harm each other for the limited resources or perceived opportunities to survive. The quote originates from George R. R. Martin’s book called A Feast for Crows, which is the fourth novel in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

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#34 “Some of our memories are like hummingbirds—light and indistinctive.”

Certain memories can be fleeting and elusive, lacking clarity. This may add a sense of ethereality or dreaminess to them.

Rufous Hummingbird

 

#33 “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”

In order to achieve your goals and soar to new heights, you must let go of the limitations, negative influences, and attachments that hinder your progress.

 

#32 “Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet and wild.” – Stephen King

Stephen King is a highly acclaimed and prolific American author known for his mastery of the horror, supernatural, and suspense genres. His works have captivated readers worldwide with their vivid storytelling, memorable characters, and the ability to tap into deep human fears. This quote comes from his book Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

 

#31 “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

Personal growth and transformation require breaking free from our comfort zones and embracing changes. Remaining resistant to change will lead to deterioration and stagnation.

 

#30 “Relationships are like birds. If you hold tightly, they die. If you hold loosely, they fly. But if you hold with care, they remain with you forever.”

Finding the right balance in relationships is crucial. You have to allow some space and freedom in relationships but still nurture and value it.

 

#29 “The biggest favor you can do to yourself is fly freely like birds.” – Kuldeep Gera

By letting go of restrictions and expectations that you or someone else has set on you, you can discover your true potential and live your life with a sense of authenticity and fulfillment.

A dove flying

 

#28 “I wake up every morning new, free as a bird.” – Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole is a former professional soccer player from England, considered to be one of the best left-backs of his generation. He left Arsenal and joined Roma in Italy, saying that life there is more laid back, and he gets to live his private life out of the spotlight.

 

#27 “I wish we had all been birds instead.”

The phrase expresses a longing or desire for the freedom, grace, and simplicity associated with birds. It suggests a yearning for a different existence, one unburdened by human life’s complexities and constraints.

 

#26 “Without love we all like birds with broken wings.” – Mitch Albom

From Mitch Albom’s book Tuesdays with Morrie.

 

#25 “A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.” – Charlie Wardle

Coming from his book Understanding & Building Confidence, the quote encourages you to not fear external uncertainties or rely solely on external support and instead have faith in your own skills and resources. Trust in yourself.

 

#24 “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” ― Savannah Larsen

Instead of trying to blend into the gray mass, embrace your individuality and stand tall. Who knows, maybe something good will come of it!

American Flamingo

 

#23 “Birds chirping around you is a beautiful realization that life in incredibly good. Let this sound be a gentle break in your routine.” ― Hiral Nagda

Slowing down and taking a break often helps us see others around us.

 

#22 “No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.” – William Blake

True accomplishment comes from personal effort and self-reliance. You can achieve great heights and success when you rely on your own abilities and skills instead of others.

 

#21 “God gives every bird his worm, but He does not throw it into the nest.” – P. D. James

The phrase emphasizes that while we may be provided opportunities or blessings, we must take action and make the effort to benefit from them. It highlights the importance of personal responsibility and proactive engagement in order to seize and utilize the resources available.

 

#20 “Sad birds still sing.” – Faraway

Sad Birds Still Sing is a poetry book by an anonymous author called Faraway. The book explores the human condition, including heartbreak, anxiety, loss, old love, and more. The quote by itself conveys a message of hope and the importance and ability to find strength and beauty in the face of adversity through self-expression.

 

#19 “I am not a night owl or an early bird, I am an exhausted pigeon.”

People have different internal rhythms. Night owls are people who feel most energized at night and often stay up late. Early birds, however, wake up bright and early. Some of us, however, are in a constant state of exhaustion, therefore, exhausted pigeons.

 

#18 “If birds can glide for long periods of time, then why can’t I?” – Orville Wright

Orville Wright was one of the famous Wright brothers, both of whom were pioneers in aviation. They were fascinated with flight and were determined and eventually succeeded in creating the world’s first motor-operated airplane.

 

#17 “I think penguins are the most human of all the birds, which may be why people love them. They’re cute, they stand upright and they look like they’re wearing tuxedos.” – Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is an American actor known for his versatile performances in films such as “Transformers,” “Holes,” and “The Peanut Butter Falcon.” He has garnered critical acclaim for his acting skills and has also made headlines for his unconventional and eccentric behavior.

 

#16 “No bird can fly without opening its wings.” – Mark Nepo

In order to achieve success or reach new heights, you must be willing to take action and embrace change. It implies that progress and growth require a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone and be open to new possibilities.

 

#15 “Time passes as fast as a hummingbird flutters.”

Time seems to go by quickly, akin to the rapid and agile movements of a hummingbird’s wings. It conveys the idea that moments or periods in life can appear to be fleeting, emphasizing how fast time can move and the importance of cherishing each passing moment.

black-chinned-hummingbird-m

 

#14 “Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough is a renowned British broadcaster and natural historian. He is best known for his groundbreaking nature documentaries, captivating audiences with his informative and engaging storytelling, and for his advocacy in raising awareness about environmental conservation and the impact of human activities on the planet.

 

#13 “The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” – Bird quote by Henry David Thoreau

The blue of the bluebird may evoke similar emotions as the vastness of the clear blue sky, such as feelings of freedom, joy, and happiness. This phrase also serves as the title of a book written by Henry David Thoreau, delving into the realms of philosophy and nature.

 

#12 “Birds learn how to fly, never knowing where the flight will take them.” -Mark Nepo

Birds learn to fly instinctively and perfect that skill through experience and fly where the wind (and their needs) take them. The quote implies that humans could learn from birds by embracing the unknown and being open to possibilities that arise during their life, encouraging curiosity and adaptability.

 

#11 “A bird never wants a cage.”

Birds are free creatures that do not want to be caged. Metaphorically, the statement implies that individuals, like birds, have an innate longing for independence and the ability to live unrestricted lives. It emphasizes the idea that confinement or limitations can be stifling and contrary to one’s true nature.

 

#10 “In order to rise / From its own ashes / A phoenix / First / Must / Burn.” — Octavia E. Butler

Like a phoenix, in order to grow, become stronger, and begin anew, you must let go of old patterns, beliefs, and aspects of yourself. It suggests that in order to embrace new beginnings, there may be a necessary stage of experiencing discomfort, loss, or undergoing profound change.

 

#9 “Like a bird singing in the rain, the grateful memories survive in a time of sorrow.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

The quote encourages finding strength and solace in positive memories and a grateful outlook, even when faced with challenging circumstances.

 

#8 “Crows are incredibly smart. They can be taught five things on the drop.” ― Robbie Coltrane

Crows are highly intelligent creatures, known for their problem-solving skills and ability to use tools. They demonstrate advanced cognitive abilities, including memory, reasoning, and complex communication, making them one of the smartest bird species.

American Crow

 

#7 “The early bird gets the worm. The early worm… gets eaten.” – Norman Ralph Augustine

The modified version of the saying “the early bird gets the worm” adds a humorous and ironic twist to the original message. It reminds us that timing and context are important considerations. Simply being early or first does not always guarantee a positive outcome.

 

#6 “Birds sing even after the storm.” – Rose Kennedy

The quote conveys a message of resilience and hope in the face of adversity, the ability to find happiness and strength even amid difficult circumstances. It emphasizes the idea that setbacks or hardships can be overcome and happiness can be found again.

 

#5 “Every bird, every tree, every flower reminds me what a blessing and privilege it is just to be alive.” – Marty Rubin

By recognizing the beauty and blessings found in nature, the quote encourages a sense of mindfulness and gratitude for the simple pleasures and experiences that being alive affords.

 

#4 “Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.” – John Lennon

The quote serves as a metaphorical reflection on the contrast between freedom and captivity, suggesting that true freedom is expressed through actions rather than mere words.

Group of Sandhill Cranes in flight.

 

#3 “Gliders, sail planes, they’re wonderful flying machines. It’s the closest you can come to being a bird.” – Neil Armstrong

After hanging up his spacesuit, so to speak, Neil Armstrong took up flying gliders, also known as sailplanes. This aircraft has no engine and offers a more serene flying experience, similar to that of a bird.

 

#2 “The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly.”

The phrase “The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learns to fly” is a metaphorical expression that conveys the idea that taking risks and facing failure is essential for personal growth and success. It suggests that you can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve greatness by stepping out of your comfort zone and daring to take chances.

 

#1 “Early bird gets the worm.” – One of the most famous bird quote

The proverb “the early bird gets the worm” can be traced back to the year 1670 when it was first recorded in the book A Collection of English Proverbs by John Ray.

The saying means that those who act or arrive first have the best opportunity for success or advantage. Metaphorically, the “worm” represents opportunities or rewards. Meanwhile, the “early bird” represents the person who seizes those opportunities by being early or quick to act.

 

Did we miss anything? Please let us know in the comments.

About the Author

Heleen Roos

Heleen has loved the outdoors and nature since childhood and has always been fascinated with birds, leading her to research more about them. She has accumulated a lot of knowledge about their behaviors and habits through birdwatching tours and her own explorations. Her goal is to share the most interesting and useful facts about them.

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