• "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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