Raven Sayings and Quotes

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

Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.     

George R.R. Martin

"Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" / Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”     

Edgar Allan Poe

The raven spread out its glossy wings and departed like hope.     

Cecilia Dart-Thornton

Ravens are at home everywhere. They only have one enemy: humans.     

Bernd Heinrich

Ravens are the birds I'll miss most when I die. If only the darkness into which we must look were composed of the black light of their limber intelligence. If only we did not have to die at all. Instead, become ravens.     

Louise Erdrich

Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as ravens claws.     

Jim Morrison

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?     

Friedrich Nietzsche

My love, she's like some raven / At my window with a broken wing.     

Bob Dylan

Needless to say, urgings by ravens are ignored at one's peril.     

James D. Doss

To fight the raven you may make alliance with the serpent until the battle is done.     

Robert Jordan

Honestly, all crows are not ravens     

Munia Khan

The cry of a young raven is nothing but the natural cry of a creature, but your cry, if it be sincere, is the result of a work of grace in your heart.     

Charles Spurgeon

And the crow once called the raven black.     

George R.R. Martin

A fairly good crow or a raven can lay pretty nearly as good an egg.     

Henrik Ibsen

One raven does not peck out another's eyes.     

Danish proverb

Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove.     


The raven himself is hoarse / That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan / Under my battlements.     

William Shakespeare

But the black raven, the bird over the fated men, will tell, will say to the eagle, how he succeeded at the meal, when he with the wolf plundered the slaughtered ones.     

The Beowulf Poet

For this reason, the lean wolf in the wold / rejoiced, and the dark raven, a bird greedy for slaughter.     


It is said that when Raven created the first world, he made everything perfect, a world full of happiness and beauty, without pain, suffering, or ugliness. But Raven grew bored with this perfect world and started reshaping things.     

Catharine Feher-Elston