There are joys which long to be

There are joys which long to be ours.  God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Happier of happy though i be like

Happier of happy though I be, like them I cannot take possession of the sky, mount with a thoughtless impulse, and wheel there, one of a mighty multitude whose way and motion is a harmony and dance magnificent.  ~William Wordsworth

When nature made the blue bird she wished

When nature made the blue-bird she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth, so she gave him the color of the one on his back and the hue of the other on his breast.  ~John BurroughsQSO

There is nothing in which the birds

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.  ~Robert Lynd, The Blue Lion and Other Essays

Have you ever observed a humming bird moving

Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers – a living prismatic gem…. it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.  ~W.H. Hudson, Green MansionsVS

I once had a sparrow alight upon

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Use what talent you possess the woods

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.  ~Author unknown, quoted in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, September 1874, commonly misattributed to Henry Van Dyke and Henry David Thoreaualso sometimes misquoted as Use the talents you possess – for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best. walden.org/Library/Quotations/The_Henry_D._Thoreau_Mis-Quotation_Page

We like to praise birds for flying

We like to praise birds for flying.  But how much of it is actually flying, and how much of it is just sort of coasting from the previous flap?  ~Jack Handey, Deeper Thoughts: All New, All Crispy