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200 Beautiful Quotes About Birds

Last Updated: September 24, 2022 by Team

Birds are some of the most beautiful and inspiring animals that inhabit our planet.

A bird is a warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly.

Birds are diverse, impressive creatures. From the hummingbird to the kiwi, from the platypus to the ostrich, from the penguins to the eagle. The list goes on.

Birds also highlight freedom and might even inspire you to fly high (metaphorically, of course!) and bring out your life’s true potential. These 200 bird quotes will help you find your wings to conquer the sky if you love nature and birds.

These bird quotes will uplift your spirit and fill your mind with thoughts of flying and freedom.

200 Birds Quotes

Top 10 Birds Quotes

“When you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles, or you stand still like the hummingbird.” – Henry Miller

“We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” – Martin Luther King

“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

“The bird has an honor that man does not have. Man lives in the traps of his abdicated laws and traditions; but the birds live according to the natural law of God who causes the earth to turn around the sun.” – Khalil Gibran

“That little bird has chosen his shelter. Above it are the stars and the deep heaven of worlds. Yet he is rocking himself to sleep without caring for tomorrow’s lodging, calmly clinging to his little twig, and leaving God to think for him.” – Martin Luther

“The homing instinct in birds and animals is one of their most remarkable traits: their strong local attachments and their skill in finding their way back when removed to a distance. It seems at times as if they possessed some extra sense – the home sense – which operates unerringly.” – John Burroughs

“Even the birds are chained to the sky. are chained to the sky.” – Bob Dylan

“Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience. A rustling in the leaves drives him away.” – Walter Benjamin

“Birds were flying from continent to continent long before we were. They reached the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica, long before we did. They can survive in the hottest of deserts. Some can remain on the wing for years at a time. They can girdle the globe. Now, we have taken over the earth and the sea and the sky, but with skill and care and knowledge, we can ensure that there is still a place on Earth for birds in all their beauty and variety – if we want to… And surely, we should.” – David Attenborough

“Birds fly over the rainbow. Why then, oh, why can’t I?” – Judy Garland

I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think. Rumi

Love Birds Quotes

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

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off — and they are nearly always doing it.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off – and they are nearly always doing it.” – Frances Hodgson Burnett

“No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts.” – Mark Nepo

“I’m very happy being me, although sometimes I’d love to be a bird so that I could fly.” – Joy Fielding

“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

“I once asked a bird, how is it that you fly in this gravity of darkness? She responded, ‘love lifts me.’” – Hafez

“I love watching the sunrise and sunset and the sky, the birds.” – Manisha Koirala

“I love the freedom of my wings. I love the empty space above the ground. I rejoice in my freedom. Freedom is my religion. Peace is my God. Love is my worship.” – Banani Ray

“I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen.” – Terry Tempest Williams

“God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.” – Jacques Deval

“Give food to the birds, you will then be surrounded by the wings of love, you will be encompassed by the joys of little silent hearts!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Birds are sky bound; holding them down in a cage is wicked love.” – Vincent Okay Nwachukwu

“As I love nature, as I love singing birds, and gleaming stubble, and flowing rivers, and morning and evening, and summer and winter, I love thee, my Friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Everybody loves birdsong. It’s a human need… the sound of birds gives a deep, if sometimes almost unnoticed, pleasure” – Simon Barnes

“Because I had my family, I felt like I could be a bird and fly and experience and do. Because I had roots somewhere, I knew that they would love me no matter what, and I could always go back home and they were going to love me.” – Gisele Bundchen

“I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” – Emily Dickinson

“Love is not only the story of butterflies or birds; it is also the story of jackals and hounds.” – M.F. Moonzajer

“Love is a bird… she needs to fly.” – Madonna Ciccone

“The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

“No human ever lived in a birdless world.” – Richard Smyth

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

“Oh, the little birds sang east, and the little birds sang west.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I heard a bird so sing, Whose music, to my thinking, pleased the king.” – William Shakespeare

“Each bird must sing with his own throat.” – Henrik Ibsen

“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird, I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot

“Caged birds accept each other, but flight is what they long for.” – Tennessee Williams

“I can find God in nature, in animals, in birds and the environment.” – Pat Buckley

“I honestly like any sound. Birds. I have a very broad space to accept or enjoy anything except quiet.” – Ryuichi Sakamoto

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

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

“Give the birds a splash of water to get relief from the hot sun.”

“From birds she learned how to sing; from cats she learned a form of dangerous independence.” – Salman Rushdie

“For my own part, I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen the representative of our country. He is a bird of bad moral character. He does not get his living honestly.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Fly! There’s a lot of sky out there for brave birds.” – Matthew Quick

“Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

The bird who dares to fall is the bird who learms to fly.

“God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.” – Josiah Gilbert Holland

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali

“I know why the caged bird sings, ah me, when his wing is bruised and his bosom sore; when he beats his bars and he would be free, it is not a carol of joy or glee, but a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core.” – John Berry

“Birds of a feather flock together …only in good weather!” – Ankala Subbarao

“Every nation needs two wings to fly. Any bird torn at the wings will never soar the skies.” – Suzy Kassem

“If you cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.” – Nikita Khrushchev

“Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.” – Terry Tempest Williams

“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

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

“May my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living” – e. e. cummings

“It is a matter of shame that in the morning the birds should be awake earlier than you.” – Abu Bakr

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

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

“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

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” – E. E. Cummings

“He imagines a necessary joy in things that must fly to eat.” – Wendell Berry

“If only the best birds sang, the forest would be silent.” – Henry Van Dyke

“It’s probable that in the artistic hierarchy birds are the greatest musicians existing on our planet.” – Olivier Messiaen

“Birds are not free since Men have invented cages.” – Mehmet Murat İldan

“A bird in hand is a certainty. But a bird in the bush may sing.” – Bret Harte

Trees sheds their leaves and grow their roots, Birds don't fear the sky; they grow their wings, Flowers don’t fear the night though they live for a day! Grow your strengths not your fears!

Feeding Birds Quotes

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“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” – Hal Borland

“Wherever there are birds, there is hope.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

“When you go through something, like, you learn to appreciate little things – the birds, trees, flowers.” – Grizz Chapman

“Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams.” – Haruki Murakami

“Tomorrow, the birds will sing. Be brave. Face life.” – Charlie Chaplin

“The structure of a play is always the story of how the birds came home to roost.” – Arthur Miller

“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“The human bird shall take his first flight, filling the world with amazement, all writings with his fame, and bringing eternal glory to the nest whence he sprang.” – Leonardo da Vinci

“Until you spread your wings; you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Soft feathers cannot make a cruel bird kind.” – Munia Khan

“Small birds throw seeds out of the feeder; large birds pick them up off the ground, but the squirrels try to muscle in.” – Lilian Jackson Braun

“Sad birds still sing.”

“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.”

“I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” – Claude Monet

“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“Imagine, for example, birds. When they look out at the world, they have a sense that they are alive. If they are in pain, they can do something about it. If they have hunger or thirst, they can satisfy that. It’s this basic feeling that there is life ticking away inside of you.” – Antonio Damasio

“I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” – J.M. Barrie

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” – William Shakespeare

“If you want to see birds, you must have birds in your heart.” – John Burroughs

“One reason that birds matter – ought to matter – is that they are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding. They’re the most vivid and widespread representatives of the Earth as it was before people arrived on it.” – Jonathan Franzen

“The stork is voiceless because there is really nothing to say.” – Will Cuppy

“The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.” – Carly Simon

“I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.” – James Allen

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

“The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.” – Victor Hugo

“The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.” – Aesop

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


Save Birds Quotes

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“You’ll have a lot more respect for a bird after you try making a nest.” – Cynthia Lewis

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life.” – Rumi

“This is wonderful, wonderful! Be the bird. You are the bird. Sacrifice yourself to abandoned family values….” – Laurie Halse Anderson

“There’s a lot of us out here that are birds, man. We all need to just fly.” – Travis Scott

“You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.” – William Henry Hudson

“When the Sun of compassion arises darkness evaporates and the singing birds come from nowhere.” – Amit Ray

“You must have the bird in your heart before you can find it in the bush.” – John Burroughs

“Not every hen lay eggs. Not every hen that lays eggs gets them hatched. Not everyone born with greatness becomes as such. Go, hatch your eggs.” – Israelmore Ayivor

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

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

“Man is a bird without wings and a bird is a man without sorrow.” – Louis de Bernieres

“If God had intended us to fly, he’d have never given us railways.” – Michael Flanders

“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” – Victor Hugo

“Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind – listen to the birds. And don’t hate nobody.” – Eubie Blake

“Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.” – Roger Tory Peterson

“A bird is joy incarnate.” – Myrtle Reed

“Here every bird and fish knew its course. Every tree had its own place upon this earth. Only man had lost his way.” – Margaret Craven

“I’m like a bird, I only fly away. I don’t know where my soul is. I don’t know where my home is.” – Nelly Furtado

“Life without dreams is like a bird with a broken wing — it can’t fly.” – Dan Pena

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

“Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“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?” – Sir David Attenborough

“I work as often as I want and yet I’m free as a bird.” – Ethel Merman

“I wish we had all been birds instead.”

“Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come.” – Lois Lowry

“Just as the bird needs wings to fly, a leader needs useful information to flow. Leaders learn.” – Israelmore Ayivor

“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” – Muhammad Ali

“My kids always joked that I spent more time cooking the birds’ food than I have cooking for them. And it’s probably true.” – Roz Chast

“My heart is like a singing bird.” – Christina Rossetti

“A forest bird never wants a cage.” – Henrik Ibsen


Early Birds Quotes

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“While it is true that the early bird gets the worm, it is also true that the early worm gets eaten.”

“The early bird gets the worm but the late bird doesn’t even get the late worm.” – Charles M. Schulz

“The early bird catches the worm.” – William Camden

“I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” – J.M. Barrie

“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 Calderon de la Barca

“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.” – Bernard Meltzer

“The songs of the morning birds reverberate the glory of the eternal life.” – Amit Ray

“No bird can fly without opening its wings.”

“Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.” – Miguel de Cervantes

“My writing often contains souvenirs of the day — a song I heard, a bird I saw — which I then put into the novel.” – Amy Tan

“The more I work with birds, the more I believe in the undreamt, the things we are not given to know.” – Julie Zickefoose

“I sometimes think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The presence of a single bird can change everything for one who appreciates them.” – Julie Zickefoose

“Birds are an ecological litmus paper.” – Roger Tory Peterson

“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” – Victor Hugo

“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

“A Fly can’t bird, but a bird can fly.” – A. A. Milne

“The parrot holds its food for prim consumption as daintily as any debutante, [with] a predilection for pot roast, hashed-brown potatoes, duck skin, butter, hoisin sauce, sesame seed oil, bananas and human thumb.” – Alexander Theroux

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” – Aesop

“It is beautiful to discover our wings and learn how to fly; flight is a beautiful process. But then to rest on the wings of God as He flies: this is divine.” – C. JoyBell C

“I am a cage, in search of a bird.” – Franz Kafka

“A beautiful day with the buoyancy of a bird.” – Truman Capote

“…I keep looking for one more teacher, only to find that fish learn from the water and birds learn from the sky.” – Mark Nepo

“Heavenly bodies are nests of invisible birds.” – Dejan Stojanovic

Birds born in cages think Flying is an illness.

Birds Chirping Quotes

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“We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry.” – John Webster

“The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror.” – Joyce Meyer

“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.” – Henry David Thoreau

“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.” – Charles Lindbergh

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

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

“I’m a big fan of parrots – I think they’re fascinating creatures. Many of them live for longer than us humans and it’s interesting to me the way they learn to mimic human voices even though they don’t really comprehend what they’re saying.” – Derren Brown

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

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

“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

“Be not like the bird that sees the seed, but not the trap.” – Judah ben Saul ibn Tibbon

“I think people who don’t believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn’t make?” – Little Richard

“Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her; still, she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.” – Victor Hugo

“All birds find shelter during a rain, but the eagle avoids the rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference.”

“A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers.” – Suzy Kassem

“I like the idea of taking off like a bird.” – Florence Welch

“The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body.” – Carol P. Christ

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” – Henry Van Dyke

“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 sing.” – Eric Berne

“Your dreams are what define your individuality. They have the power to give you wings and make you fly high.” – P. V. Sindhu

“When I lament and darken over my diminishments, I accomplish nothing. It’s better to sit at the window all day, pleased to watch birds, barns, and flowers.” – Donald Hall

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – J. M. Barrie

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

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Sweet bird, that shun the noise of folly, most musical, most melancholy!” – John Milton

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

“Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Birds sing even after the storm.”

“Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecotes.” – Henry David Thoreau

I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.

Birds Freedom Quotes

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

“The freedom of birds is an insult to me.” – Cormac McCarthy

“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.” – Maya Angelou

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply that they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.” – J.M. Barrie

“People are interested in birds only in as much as they exhibit human behavior – greed and stupidity and anger – and by doing so, they free us from the unique sorrow of being human.” – Douglas Coupland

“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.” – Robert Henri

“Opportunity is a bird that never perches.” – Claude Maxwell MacDonald

“The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.” – Gilbert White

“Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.” – Ivan Pavlov

“A smart city means a city, where humans, trees, birds and other animals can grow with all their glories, imperfections, freedom and creativity.” – Amit Ray

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

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.” – E. E. Cummings

“I’m youth, I’m joy, I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.” – James M. Barrie

“One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.” – Salvador Dali

“I don’t ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. There they are, and they are beautiful.” – Pete Hamill

“I caught a glimpse of happiness, and saw it was a bird on a branch, fixing to take wing.” – Richard Peck

“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.”

“A bird never wants a cage.”

“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

“Birds teach a great life lesson. All you have to do is listen to their song.”

No bird can fly without opening its wings, and no one can love without exposing their hearts.

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