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birds Quotes

53 of the best book quotes about birds
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“The ball flew at him and he was conscious of its bird-form and white flapping wings he heard a noise like the bang of a firecracker at his feet and Sam had the ball in his mitt. Unable to believe his ears he heard Mercy intone a reluctant strike.”
Bernard Malamud
author
The Natural
book
Roy Hobbs
The Whammer
Sam Simpson
Max Mercy
characters
birds
competition
baseball
batting
strikeout
firecrackers
carnivals
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“So like children, we begin again... to fall, patiently to trust our heaviness. Even a bird has to do that before he can fly.”
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“Then I will not repine Knowing that bird of mine Though flown shall in a distant tree Bright melody for me Return.”
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He learned to communicate with birds and discovered their conversation was fantastically boring. It was all to do with windspeed, wingspans, power-to-weight ratios and a fair bit about berries.
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“If birds can glide for long periods of time, then… why can’t I?”
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“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”
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“Excepting for that one walk when he left jail, when he was too much worried to notice anything, and for a few times that he had rested in the city parks in the winter time when he was out of work, he had literally never seen a tree! And now he felt like a bird lifted up and borne away upon a gale; he stopped and stared at each new sight of wonder—at a herd of cows, and a meadow full of daisies, at hedgerows set thick with June roses, at little birds singing in the trees.”
Jurgis Rudkus
character
birds
trees
awe
jail
concepts
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“Man, by reason of his greater intellect, can more reasonably hope to equal birds in knowledge than to equal nature in the perfection of her machinery.”
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“Our own growing belief that man might nevertheless learn to fly was based on the idea that while thousands of the most dissimilar body structures, such as insects, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals, were flying every day at pleasure, it was reasonable to suppose that man might also fly.”
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“Most birds were created to fly. Being grounded for them is a limitation within their ability to fly, not the other way around. You, on the other hand, were created to be loved. So for you to live as if you were unloved is a limitation, not the other way around.”
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“Our laughter kept the feathers in the air. I thought about birds. Could they fly if there wasn’t someone, somewhere, laughing?”
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“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.”
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“The same substance composes us--the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star--we are all one, all moving to the same end.”
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“The Great Birthday Bird! [...] This bird has a brain. He’s most beautifully brained with the brainiest bird-brain that’s ever been trained.”
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“Sudden and magnificent, the sun’s broad golden disc showed itself over the horizon facing them; and the first rays, shooting across the level water-meadows, took the animals full in the eyes and dazzled them. When they were able to look once more, the Vision had vanished, and the air was full of the carol of birds that hailed the dawn.”
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“Frightful fluffed her nubby feathers and shook. I picked her up in the cup of my hands and held her under my chin.”
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“Like two solitary birds flying the great prairies by celestial reckoning, all of these years and lifetimes we have been moving toward one another.”
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“Kivi’s flight moved in exact parallel. Once more it seemed as if his albatross were leading him onward, just as he had led the canoe out of the passage of Hikueru.”
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“Ani was eager to learn the voice of every bird that nested on the palace grounds, but the swan pond drew her return day after day. She loved to watch them swim so slowly that the water hardly rippled and watch every silent, mild movement shimmer into meaning. Soon her throat and tongue could make nearly all the sounds of the swans, and she trumpeted gleefully.”
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“Sweet wandering bird that singest on thy way, Or mournest yet the time for ever past, Watching night come and spring receding fast, Day’s bliss behind thee and the seasons gay,— If thou my griefs against thine own couldst weigh, Thou couldst not guess how long my sorrows last; Yet thou mightst hide thee from the wintry blast Within my breast, and thus my pains allay. Yet may not all thy woes be named with mine, Since she whom thou dost mourn may live, yet live, But death and heaven still hold my spirit’s bride; And all those long past days of sad decline With all the joys remembered years can give Still bid me ask ‘Sweet bird! with me abide!‘”
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“Do you know,” Peter asked, “why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.”
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″‘The Eagles! The Eagles!’ he shouted. ‘The Eagles are coming!‘”
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“I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me.”
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“The poor child felt like a little bird that is placed in a glittering cage.”
Heidi
book
birds
concept
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“While I agree that I’ve never seen a kiwi bird fly, I disagree with the statement that they can’t fly. How do we know? Couldn’t it just be that they choose not to? You’ll never see me running, but there’s a good chance I could.”
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“Once I thought they sang because everything was right with the world... I now know I was wrong. They sing because they’re feeble-minded.”
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“There was only the enormous, empty prairie, with grasses blowing in waves of light and shadow across it, and the great blue sky above it, and birds flying up from it and singing with joy because the sun was rising. And on the whole enormous prairie there was no sign that any other human being had ever been there.”
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″‘I never heard a mockingbird sing so early,’ said Ma, and Pa answered, softly, ‘He is telling us good-by.‘”
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“You can smell it, too. Death. Dying. Decay. The sky is falling, the sky is dying, the sky is dead.”
Malorie
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death
birds
dying
decay
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“Only a box of birds, Malorie thinks. Yet, it does feel like progress.”
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“One should be light like a bird and not like a feather.”
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“I have inherited this burden of superstition and nonsense. I govern innumerable men but must acknowledge that I am governed by birds and thunderclaps”
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“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I see a red bird looking at me. ”
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“No self-respecting cat ever slept with a flock of birds,” she scolded. “Or ate worms, or flew, or did his laundry in Mrs. Doohiggy’s birdbath.”
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“Together we would walk along the cliff looking at the sea, and though the white men’s ship did not return that spring, it was a happy time. The air smelled of flowers and birds sang everywhere.”
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″ ‘Who are you?’ I whispered. He shrugged again. ‘Something,’ he said. ‘Something like you, something like a beast, something like a bird, something like an angel.’ He laughed. ‘Something like that.’ ”
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″ ‘If you are a gardener and find me,’ said the little bunny, ‘I will be a bird and fly away from you.’ ”
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″ ‘If you become a bird and fly away from me,’ said his mother, ‘I will be a tree that you come home to.’ ”
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″‘This is interesting-very interesting-something quite new. Give me the Bird’s A.B.C first-slowly now.’ So that was the way the Doctor came to know that animals had a language of their own and could talk to one another.”
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“Through the charred forest, over hot ash, runs Dog, with a bird clamped in his big, gentle mouth.”
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“I got word of a bird that does something that’s almost unheard of! It’s hard to believe but this bird called the Pelf lays eggs that are three times as big as herself! How that Pelf ever learned such a difficult trick I never found out. But I found that egg quick. And I managed to get it down out of the nest and home to the kitchen along with the rest.”
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“And some fellows in Zummz who I happened to know just happened to capture a thousand or so, and they wrapped up their eggs and they mailed them by air Marked Special Delivery, Handle with Care.”
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“In the meanwhile, of course, I was keeping real busy collecting the eggs of the three-eyelashed Tizzy. They’re quite hard to reach, so I rode on the top of a Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka Schnoop.”
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“And I captured the egg of a Grickily Gractus who lays’em high in a prickily cactus.”
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“Who could know that a baby bird was about to fall from its nest? Max knew, Max saw it from his open window. This bird was not ready to fly.”
Max
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Max
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“The baby bird fell. Max flew to save it. Max flew the baby bird back to its nest.”
Max
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Max
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“The trees filled with birds which flew still nearer the star.”
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“Some wrens had made a nest inside a flowerpot. It looked very cosy. ‘I should sleep in one of those!’ said Kipper. But Kipper would not fit inside a flowerpot.”
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“The garden always made Mog very excited. She smelled all the smells. She chased the birds. She climbed the trees. She ran round and round with a big fluffed-up tail. And then she forgot the cat flap”
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“Mog was very sleepy. She found a nice warm, soft place and went to sleep. She had a lovely dream. Mog dreamed that she had wings. She could fly everywhere. She could fly faster than the birds, even quite big birds...Suddenly she woke up.”
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“He has green parakeets who pick holes in his suit...”
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″ And even when he climbed to the top of the tallest tree. Wilbur climbed to the top of the tallest tree to hide. He looked ridiculous and he knew it. Even the birds laughed at him.”
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“As the wedding party moved through the forest, brightly plumed birds darted about in the cool green shadows beneath the trees. Though anxious about her sister, Nyasha was soon filled with excitement about all there was to see.”

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