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Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber; for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. X, v. 20)

Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies.
      - Edmund Burke

Birds of a feather will gather together.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. I, memb. 1, subsect. 2)

A light broke in upon my soul--
  It was the carol of a bird;
    It ceased--and then it came again
      The sweetest song ear ever heard.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Over increasingly large areas of the United States, spring now comes unheralded by the return of the birds, and the early mornings are strangely silent where once they were filled with the beauty of bird song.
      - Rachel L. Carson, The Silent Spring

The little birds have God for their caterer.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

You must not think, sir, to catch old birds with chaff.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, ch. IV)

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. LXXIV)

Thou little bird, thou dweller by the sea,
  Why takest thou its melancholy voice,
    And with that boding cry
      Along the waves dost thou fly?
        Oh! rather, bird, with me
          Through this fair land rejoice!
      - Richard Henry Dana, Sr.,
        The Little Beach Bird

Dame Nature's minstrels.
      - Bishop Gavin Douglas, Morning in May

Fowls, by winter forced, forsake the floods, and wing their hasty flight to happier lands.
      - John Dryden

Was never secret history but birds tell it in the bowers.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

To warm their little loves the birds complain.
      - Thomas Gray,
        Sonnet on the Death of Richard West

Fish got to swim and birds got to fly
  I got to love one man till I die,
    Can't help lovin' dat man of mine.
      - Oscar Hammerstein II,
        Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine,
        a song in the play "Showboat"

The nightingale has a lyre of gold,
  The lark's is a clarion call,
    And the blackbird plays but a boxwood flute,
      But I love him best of all.
        For his song is all the joy of life,
          And we in the mad spring weather,
            We two have listened till he sang
              Our hearts and lips together.
      - William Ernest Henley, Echoes

A feather in hand is better then a bird in the ayre.
  [A feather in hand is better than a bird in the air.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

When the swallows homeward fly,
  When the roses scattered lie,
    When from neither hill or dale,
      Chants the silvery nightingale:
        In these works my bleeding heart
          Would to thee its brief impart;
            When I thus thy image lose
              Can I, ah! can I, e'er know repose?
      - Karl Herrlossohn,
        When the Swallows Homeward Fly

Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

I was always a lover of soft-winged things.
      - Victor Hugo, I Was Always a Lover

Each bird must sing with his own throat.
      - Henrik Ibsen

Sir, we are a nest of singing birds.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

A rare bird upon the earth, and exceedingly like a black swan.
  [Lat., Rara avis in terris, nigroque simillima cygno.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VI, 165)

Carols of gladness ring from every tree.
      - Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (Mrs. Butler)

Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
      - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (ch. 10)

Do you ne'er think what wondrous beings these?
  Do you ne'er think who made them, and who taught
    The dialect they speak, where melodies
      Alone are the interpreters of thought?
        Whose household words are songs in many keys,
          Sweeter than instrument of man e'er caught!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Tales of a Wayside Inn--The Poet's Tale--The Birds of Killingworth

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