— Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
„My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit.“
— Christina Rossetti English poet 1830 - 1894
A Birthday http://www.poetry-online.org/rossetti_christina_a_birthday.htm, st. 1 (1861).
— Lois Lowry, Taking Care of Terrific
— Philip K. Dick, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
— Robert Burton English scholar 1577 - 1640
Section 2, member 3, subsection 6.
„And you can cage the songbird,
But you can't make her sing.
And you can trap the free bird,
But you'll have to clip her wings.
`Cause she'll soar like a hawk when she flies,
But she'll dive like an eagle when she dies.“
— Elton John English rock singer-songwriter, composer and pianist 1947
Cage the Songbird, written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, and Davey Johnstone
— 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)
— 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.
„O, what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has wither'd from the lake,
And no birds sing.“
— John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821
— 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.
„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.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832
Bk. II, Ch. 11