Birds Proverbs

Sayings about Birds

People live like birds in the woods: When the time comes, each must take flight.~ Chinese Proverb

God gives all birds their food but does not drop it into their nests.~ Danish Proverbs

The falcon does not struggle when he is caught. ~ Moroccan Proverb

Even an eagle will not fly higher than the sun.~ Russian Proverb

You can best shoot an eagle with an arrow made from its own feathers.~ Russian Proverb

Censure pardons the ravens but rebukes the doves. ~ Latin Proverbs

Two sparrows on the same ear of corn are not long friends. ~ French Proverb

The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride. ~ Traditional Proverb

Turkeys, parrots, and hares don’t know what gratitude is. ~ Indian Proverbs

Birds align with grain, but not with the stick. ~ Omani Proverb

Who cares if a crow is male or female? ~ Japanese Proverb

The crow went traveling abroad and came back just as black. ~ English Proverb

The early bird gets the worm.~ American Proverb

Eagles do not breed doves.~ German Proverbs

In a broken nest there are few whole eggs.~ Chinese Proverb

The crow that mimics a cormorant gets drowned. ~ Japanese Proverb

Singing birds don’t build nests.~ Cameroonian Proverb

Birds of a feather flock together.~ Traditional Proverbs

The crow pecks at the ox to clean it — not to feed from it. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

The sparrow says: “I have not eaten… so the parrot will not eat either.” ~ African Proverb

The sparrow flying behind the hawk thinks the hawk is fleeing. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Only heaven can see the back of a sparrow. ~ Bantu Proverb

The crow may be caged, but its thoughts are in the cornfield. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

The crow does not roost with the phoenix. ~ Chinese Proverb

No need to teach an eagle to fly.~ Greek Proverb

The eagle was killed by an arrow made from its own feathers.~ Armenian Proverb

The wagtail hops and flaps its wings, but the male dove feeds and coos. ~ Maltese Proverb

A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing. ~ Saudi Arabian Proverb

A crow will never be a dove. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

If there are no nightingales one must settle for owls. ~ Danish Proverb

Frequent washing makes not the crow whiter. ~ Danish Proverb

A flying crow always catches something. ~ Dutch Proverb

The eagle does not feed on flies.~ Turkish Proverbs

He who has no falcon must hunt with an owl. ~ Danish Proverb

It’s not the fault of the parrot, but of the one who teaches him to talk. ~ Guatemalan Proverb

If the cat had wings all sparrows would die. ~ Danish Proverb

He who is frightened of a sparrow will never sow barley. ~ Russian Proverb

A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can’t catch it. ~ Russian Proverb

Slowly but surely, the bird builds its nest.~ Dutch Proverbs

The eagle does not wage war against frogs.~ Italian Proverbs

The feathers of a dead eagle would cover you all over.~ Gabonese Proverb

A chattering bird builds no nest.~ Cameroonian Proverb

When a dove begins to fly with crows, its feathers remain white but its heart grows black. ~ German Proverb

A crow will never be a falcon. ~ Ukranian Proverb

If you have money, men think you are wise, handsome, and able to sing like a bird.~ Jewish Proverb

A wise falcon hides his talons.~ Traditional Proverb

Don’t let the falcon loose until you see the hare. ~ Chinese Proverb

The raven sees its chickens as falcons.~ Turkish Proverb

The old age of an eagle is better than the youth of a sparrow.~ Greek Proverb

Better a dove on the plate than a woodgrouse in the mating place. ~ Russian Proverb

By going and coming, a bird weaves its nest.~ Ghanaian Proverb

A dove has no place amongst the crows. ~ Greek Proverb

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.~ Chinese Proverb

The hunter who is tracking an elephant does not stop to throw stones at birds.~ African Proverb

Even the mightiest eagle comes down to the treetops to rest.~ Ugandan Proverb

Quotations about Birds

Never look for the birds of this year in the nests of the last.~ Miguel De Cervantes

Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.~ Ken Blanchard

A powerful combination to ensure success is having the vision of an eagle and the heart of a lion.~ Robert G. Allen

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.~ Maya Angelou

Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.~ Henry Ward Beecher

The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

The falcon and the dove sit there together, and th’ one of them doth prune the other’s feather. ~ Michael Drayton

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

I’ve always believed the greater danger is not aiming too high, but too low, settling for a bogey rather than shooting for an eagle.~ Peter Scott

The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing if the crow brings him to the cemetery. ~ Muhammad Iqbal

Whether you wind up with a nest egg or a goose egg depends on the kind of chick you married. ~ Wall Street Journal

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fool that I was, upon my eagle’s wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.~ John Dryden

And from Humming-Bird to Eagle, the daily existence of every bird is a remote and bewitching mystery. ~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson

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

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.~ Henry Hudson

You know, I’m an eagle, flying around in the mountains.~ Link Wray

A forest bird never wants a cage.~ Henrik Ibsen

The bird, a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship.~ William Blake

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.~ William Blake

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.~ Carl Sandburg

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? ~ Rose F. Kennedy

She was not quite what you would call refined. She was not quite what you would call unrefined. She was the kind of person that keeps a parrot. ~ Mark Twain

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber. ~ Winston Churchill

Teach a parrot the terms “supply and demand” and you’ve got an economist. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Much talking is the cause of danger. Silence is the means of avoiding misfortune. The talkative parrot is shut up in a cage. Other birds, without speech, fly freely about. ~ Saskya Pandita

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip. ~ Will Rogers

I’m a parrot. I can pick up an accent and just do it. ~ Brion James

Essentially, a parrot is a monkey with wings. ~ Joseph Garner

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem…. it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description. ~ W.H. Hudson

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. ~ Sun Tzu

It happens as one sees in cages: the birds who are outside despair of ever getting in, and those within are equally desirous of getting out. ~ Michel Eyqem De Montagne

You can put wings on a pig, but you don’t make it an eagle.~ William J. Clinton

We like to praise birds for flying. But how much of it is actually flying, and how much of it is just sort of coasting from the previous flap? ~ Jack Handey

If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.~ Nikita Khrushchev

Birds have bills too, and they keep on singing.~ Author Unknown

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs. ~ Joseph Addison

Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.~ Elizabeth Bowen

God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. ~ Jacques Deval

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