„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, Games People Play: the Psychology of Human Relations (1964)
Eric Berne1
1910 - 1970

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„A nightingale dies for shame if another bird sings better.“

—  Robert Burton English scholar 1577 - 1640
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„Adieu, Francoise, it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky.“

—  Jacques Brel Belgian singer-songwriter 1929 - 1978
Context: p> Adieu, Francoise, my trusted wife; Without you I'd have had a lonely life. You cheated lots of times but then, I forgave you in the end Though your lover was my friend.Adieu, Francoise, it's hard to die When all the birds are singing in the sky. Now that spring is in the air With your lovers ev'rywhere, Just be careful; I'll be there.</p Seasons in the Sun" (1961), as translated by Rod McKuen from Brel's song "Le Moribond" ·  McKuen performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY__eaedtOA ·  Beach Boys performance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzjIra9pheU <p>Goodbye, Michelle, my little one; You gave me love and helped me find the sun, And every time that I was down You would always come around And get my feet back on the ground.</p><p>Goodbye, Michelle, it's hard to die When all the birds are singing in the sky; Now that the spring is in the air, With the flowers everywhere, I wish that we could both be there!</p> As adapted in the Terry Jacks version (1974)


„Birds of prey don’t sing.“

—  James Richardson American poet 1950
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„A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014
Although it appears on U.S. postage featuring Angelou, this is actually a variant quote from the work of poet Joan Walsh Anglund.

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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
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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
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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
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