Owl Quotes

Barn owl in yellow flowers

Owls have made a strong impression on writers and artists throughout the ages. Here are some noteworthy quotes about owls. And if you’d like to learn more about cultural depictions of owls, please visit UniGuide’s post on owl meanings and symbolism. Enjoy!

“An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.”
– Urjit Patel

“It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman, which gives the sternest good night.”
– William Shakespeare, Macbeth

“If we don’t preserve forest habitat for spotted owls, then soon we won’t have trees to refresh the air we breathe.”
– Sam Keen

“An owl sound wandered along the road with me. I didn’t hear it. I breathed it into my ears.”
– William Stafford

“The owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees the less it talks.”
–Nigerian Proverb

“Why should I copy this owl, this sea urchin? Why should I try to imitate nature? I might just as well try to trace a perfect circle.”
–Pablo Picasso

“Do you think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl?”
–Jonathan Swift

“Owls are known as lonely birds; but it is not known that they have the forest as their best friend.”
–Mehmet Murat Ildan

“In the enemy’s territory, be as silent as the owl’s wings; in friend’s territory, be as cheerful as the nightingale’s songs.”
– Mehmet Murat Ildan

“There was an old man with a beard, who said: ‘It is just as I feared! Two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren have all built their nests in my beard.”
– Edward Lear

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