Bell Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bell quotes, bell sayings, and bell proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Don't bother to ring a bell in the ear that doesn't listen. Move to another ear, and if he doesn't listen to your bell, sit back and listen to his nemesis.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.      

Ezra Pound

A good bell is heard from far, a bad one still further.      

Finnish Proverbs

I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The bells which toll for mankind are most of them, anyway like the bells of Alpine cattle; they are attached to our own necks, and it must be our fault if they do not make a cheerful and harmonious sound.     

Peter Medawar

Once that bell rings you're on your own. It's just you and the other guy.      

Joe Louis

A good example is like a bell that calls many to church.      

Danish Proverbs

Great fools must have great bells.      

Dutch Proverbs

When big bells ring, little ones are not heard.      

Serbian Proverb

The game is not lost – or won – until the last bell goes.     

John Curtin

We go down with the bells ringing in all the sunken cities. Forgotten, we are greeted by the embassies of the dead, While your endless flowing carries us on and on; And neither is nor was. The moment only, eternal.     

Czesław Miłosz

Bells call others, but themselves enter not into the Church.     

George Herbert

The Christmas bells from hill to hill Answer each other in the mist.     

Alfred the Great

Dear bells! how sweet the sound of village bells When on the undulating air they swim!     

Thomas Hood

For bells are the voice of the church; They have tones that touch and search The hearts of young and old.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.     

Alfred Lord Tennyson

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.     

Matsuo Basho

Of all sound of all bells... Most solemn and touching is the peal which rings out the Old Year     

Charles Lamb

A tiger wearing a bell will starve.      

Mongolian Proverb

A cracked bell can never sound well.      

Ghanaian Proverbs

And the sad act like lepers / They stick to the shadows / They long to ring bells of warning / To tell of their coming / So that the pure can shut their doors.     

Conor Oberst

And the Sabbath bell, That over wood and wild and mountain dell Wanders so far, chasing all thoughts unholy With sounds most musical, most melancholy.     

Samuel Rogers

A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it, A song's not a song 'til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, Love isn't love 'til you give it away!     

Oscar Hammerstein II

A fighter never knows when it's the last bell. He doesn't want to face that.      

Sugar Ray Leonard

Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings.      

Frances Goodrich

When God rang the bell that ended the fight, the world cried out for one more round.     

Jesse Jackson

If you are going to steal bells plug your ears.     

Mongolian Proverb

Thieves never steal bells.     

Tibetan Proverb