- "I pray to the birds because I believe they will carry the message of my heart upward. I pray to them because I believe in their existence, the way their songs begin and end each day--the invocations and benedictions of Earth. I pray to the birds because they remind me of what I love rather than what I fear. And at the end of my prayers, they teach me how to listen."
— Terry Tempest Williams in Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
- "Thank G—, there are more bird lovers than Nascar fans. Birders are instinctively reverential and thankful for all the multicolored angels that appear out of the void — free, no hidden charges. Birders know how to wait, be silent and adore — essential spiritual disciplines."
— Sam Keen in an interview about Sightings by Frederic Brussat
- "May my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living."
— e e cummings quoted in Little Bird by Germano Zullo
- "Once again this spring, the seventy-seventh of her life, my mother put out lint from her clothes dryer for the birds to use in building their nests. "I know how hard it is to make a home from scratch," she says. "I've done it often enough myself."
— Scott Russell Sanders in Writing from the Center
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