„There is a legend about a bird that sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth.“
„More than anything the French have a profound knowledge of the ways of life. They possess a tolerance and an acceptance of the way things are. Problems are faced with intelligence, patience, and a sense of humanity. I have more respect for them than any other nationality on the face of the earth.“
— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980
— Keshia Chante Canadian actor and musician 1988
Inside Entertainment (2008)
„I walk where once the grass was green
And mourn the lark that sings no more
What bird could sing whose eyes have seen
Broken blossoms on the field of war?“
— Tom Springfield English musician, songwriter and record producer 1934
Song Broken Blossoms.
„Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated.“
— Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice
„The Admiral says that he never beheld so fair a thing: trees all along the river, beautiful and green, and different from ours, with flowers and fruits each according to their kind, many birds and little birds which sing very sweetly.“
— Cristoforo Colombo Explorer, navigator, and colonizer 1451 - 1506
28 October 1492
„To strut about in the E-kur is a glory for Bird, as its singing is sweet. … It shall utter its cries in the temple of the great gods. The Anuna gods rejoice at its voice. It is suitable for banquets in the great dining hall of the gods.“
In Debate between Bird and Fish (mid to late ). http://etcsl.orinst.ox.ac.uk/section5/tr535.htm
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Bk. II, Ch. 11
„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
Context: 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.