Birds Sayings and Quotes

Watching them glide so effortlessly through the sky, it’s easy to forget that birds evolved from dinosaurs. At times we envy their wings, wishing we could be as free or at least make our commutes a breeze by skipping heavy traffic. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about birds.

Birds born in cages think that flying is an illness.     

Alejandro Jodorowsky

Birds are the most accomplished aeronauts the world has ever seen. They fly high and low, at great speed, and very slowly. And always with extraordinary precision and control.     

David Attenborough

Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy.     

Roger Tory Peterson

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.     

Douglas Coupland

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we'll soon be in trouble.     

Roger Tory Peterson

A forest bird never wants a cage.     

Henrik Ibsen

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.     

William Blake

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

Robert Lynd

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.     

Carly Simon

Caged birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.     

Tennessee Williams

Just remember it's the birds that's supposed to suffer, not the hunter.     

George W. Bush

The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air.     

Rabindranath Tagore

No one is free, even the birds are chained to the sky.     

Bob Dylan

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

Abu Bakr

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

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.     

John Webster

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 Wilson Lynd

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these.     

Marjorie Allen Seiffert

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious.     

David Attenborough

The rising of birds in their flight is the sign of an ambuscade. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden attack is coming.     

Sun Tzu

Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, With joyous music wake the dawning day.     

Alexander Pope

Birds are not free since Men have invented cages.     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Birds teach us something very important: To whatever height you rise, you will finally come down to the ground!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Some tribes of birds will relieve and rear up the young and helpless, of their own and other tribes, when abandoned.     

William Bartram

Birds evolved from a small raptor like theropod.     

Robert T. Bakker

When you have birds you stare at them a lot and their eyes are recessed on their head. When they look at something they tilt their head in a quizzical expression.     

Ted Rall

If one bird foraging in a flock on the ground suddenly takes off, all other birds will take off immediately after, before they even know what's going on. The one who stays behind may be prey.     

Frans De Waal

Birds are, especially canaries, are super sensitive to hydrogen sulfide and sour gas.     

David Suzuki

Little Birds are dining / Warily and well, / Hid in mossy cell.     

Lewis Carroll

Little Birds are tasting / Gratitude and gold, / Pale with sudden cold: / Pale, I say, and wrinkled - / When the bells have tinkled, / And the Tale is told.     

Lewis Carroll

Birds take a bath / And then they come out clean / Birds take a bath / Watch it come out green.     


A bird in the hand is worth a bird in a cage / Is worth a bird on a telephone wire.     

Rhett Miller

Free as a bird / It's the next best thing to be / Free as a bird.     

The Beatles

Bird up above see what he's got / The freedom to fly and the freedom to not / De dumb, that's a fine kind o' freedom.     

Harold Arlen

The silver-voiced bell-birds, the darlings of day-time, / They sing in September their songs of the May-time.     

Henry Kendall

The little bird can sing and sing / The little bird knows everything / But the little bird don't bother with song / He knows that it just goes on and on and on and on.     

Crash Test Dummies

A bird is joy incarnate.     

Myrtle Reed

A bird in a cage is not half a bird.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Birds are an ecological litmus paper.     

Roger Tory Peterson

Each bird must sing with his own throat.     

Henrik Ibsen

When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.     

Bill Watterson

Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.     

John Lennon

Blackbirds are the cellos of the deep farms.     

Anne Stevenson

It is a foul bird that filleth his own nest.     

John Heywood

Birds are the eyes of heaven, and flies are the spies of hell.     

Suzy Kassem

Birds are the first and the greatest performers.     

Olivier Messiaen

The only bird that gives the poor a real tumble is the stork.     

Wilson Mizner

The bird that flutters least is longest on the wing.     

William Cowper

If only the best birds sang, the forest would be silent.     

Henry Van Dyke

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.     

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A bird alone could have extricated himself from that place.     

Victor Hugo

How can a bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing?     

William Blake

Birds are, perhaps, the most eloquent expression of reality.     

Roger Tory Peterson