„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, livro Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

Games People Play: the Psychology of Human Relations (1964)

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„Fair friend, in singing I call you:
Sleep no longer, for I hear the bird sing
Who goes seeking day through the wood
And I fear that the jealous one will attack you,
And soon it will be dawn!“

—  Giraut de Bornelh French writer 1138 - 1220

Bel companho, en chantan vos apel!
No dormatz plus, qu'eu auch chantar l'auzel
Que vai queren lo jorn per lo boschatge
Et ai paor que.l gilos vos assatge
Et ades sera l'alba.
"Reis glorios", line 11; translation from Gale Sigal Erotic Dawn-Songs of the Middle Ages (1996) p. 148.
Original: (ca) Bel companho, en chantan vos apel!<br/>No dormatz plus, qu'eu auch chantar l'auzel<br/>Que vai queren lo jorn per lo boschatge<br/>Et ai paor que.l gilos vos assatge<br/>Et ades sera l'alba.

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„Jay-bird don't rob his own nes.“

—  Joel Chandler Harris Journalist, children's writer 1848 - 1908

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„A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer, he sings because he has a song“

—  Joan Walsh Anglund, A Cup of Sun: A Book of Poems

A Cup of Sun (1967)
The quote has been misattributed to Maya Angelou at times, including on U.S. postage.
Fonte: A Cup of Sun: A Book of Poems

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„When we hear [the crane’s] call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men.“

—  Aldo Leopold, livro A Sand County Almanac

“Wisconsin: Marshland Elegy”, p. 96.
A Sand County Almanac, 1949, "Wisconsin: Marshland Elegy," "Wisconsin: The Sand Counties" "Wisconsin: On a Monument to the Pigeon," and "Wisconsin: Flambeau"

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„In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.“

—  George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824

Stanzas to Augusta (1816), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

The Oven Bird (1916)
Contexto: There is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.

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„I sing as the bird sings
That lives in the boughs.“

—  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832

Ich singe, wie der Vogel singt
Der in den Zweigen wohnet.
Bk. II, Ch. 11
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„It is a little dark still, but there are warnings of the day and somewhere out of the darkness a bird is singing to the Dawn.“

—  Paul Laurence Dunbar American author 1872 - 1906

Representative American Negroes, an essay from The Negro Problem, a collection of essays written in 1903 by leading African Americans.

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„Though I know something about British birds I should have been lost and confused among American birds, of which unhappily I know little or nothing. Colonel Roosevelt not only knew more about American birds than I did about British birds, but he knew about British birds also. What he had lacked was an opportunity of hearing their songs, and you cannot get a knowledge of the songs of birds in any other way than by listening to them.
We began our walk, and when a song was heard I told him the name of the bird. I noticed that as soon as I mentioned the name it was unnecessary to tell him more. He knew what the bird was like. It was not necessary for him to see it. He knew the kind of bird it was, its habits and appearance. He just wanted to complete his knowledge by hearing the song. He had, too, a very trained ear for bird songs, which cannot be acquired without having spent much time in listening to them. How he had found time in that busy life to acquire this knowledge so thoroughly it is almost impossible to imagine, but there the knowledge and training undoubtedly were. He had one of the most perfectly trained ears for bird songs that I have ever known, so that if three or four birds were singing together he would pick out their songs, distinguish each, and ask to be told each separate name; and when farther on we heard any bird for a second time, he would remember the song from the first telling and be able to name the bird himself.“

—  Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933

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„Even if Subbalakshmi merely recited the words of her songs without singing them, he would prefer to hear them than anybody else.“

—  M. S. Subbulakshmi singer,Carnatic vocalist 1916 - 2004

Mahatma Gandhi quoted here.[Johri, Meera, Greatness of Spirit: Profiles of Indian Magsaysay Award Winners, http://books.google.com/books?id=j1iegDJAYakC&pg=PA55, 2010, Rajpal & Sons, 978-81-7028-858-9, 58]
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„Birds of prey don’t sing.“

—  James Richardson American poet 1950

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