41 Quotes About Wise Owls


Wisdom comes with time and experience. These quotes about wise owls demonstrate how being observant and patient can unlock many unseen things.

“A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance.”

“A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.”

“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows public opinion.”

“A wise old owl sat on an oak The more he saw the less he spoke The less he spoke the more he heard Why aren’t we like that wise old bird.”

“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.”

“At home, I love reaching out into that absolute silence, when you can hear the owl or the wind.”

“Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.”

“Being a nocturnal creature myself, I often find myself in dark alleys or strange places late at night. If there were werewolves around, I’d be likely to run into them, being the night owl that I am.”

“Do not trap yourself into an owl’s hooting sound/where sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound?”

“Do you think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl.”

“his tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.”

“I am a night owl. I always have been… and I’d like to think I always will be, although surely having children will put a stop to my nightly affairs with myself.”

“I think I’m a tiny bit like Harry ‘cos I’d like to have an owl. Yeah, that’s the tiny bit, actually.”

“If there are no nightingales, one must settle for owls.”

“I’m a bit of a night owl because that’s when I feel the most creative and alive.”

“I’m a night owl, and luckily my profession supports that. The best ideas come to me in the dead of night.”

“I’m an owl; I’m up. I probably go to sleep during the time when most people wake up. The first half of the day, you might not catch me.”

“In examinations, the foolish ask questions the wise cannot answer.”

“It is odd that we have so little relationship with nature, with the insects and the leaping frog and the owl that hoots among the hills calling for its mate. We never seem to have a feeling for all living things on the earth.”

“It’s the little details I love. How to fletch your arrows with owl feathers, because owls fly silently, so maybe your arrows will, too. How to carry fire in a piece of smouldering fungus wrapped in birchbark. These are the things which help a world come alive.”

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”

“My friends call me an owl. Apparently, it’s a combination of being wise and having big eyes.”

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.”

“Of all the things which wisdom provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.”

“Owls hoot in B flat, cuckoos in D, but the water-ousel sings in the voice of the stream. She builds her nest back of the waterfalls so the water is a lullaby to the little ones. Must be where they learn it.”

“Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. ”

“The crow wished everything was black, the owl, that everything was white.”

“The highest form of wisdom is kindness.”

“The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!”

“The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.”

“The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions.”

“The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry, Portends strange things, old women say; Stops every fool that passes by, And frights the school-boy from his play.”

“The wailing owl Screams solitary to the mournful moon.”

“We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.”

“What good is a place if it’s inhabited by owls. Better a straw hut inhabited by humans.”

“When an argument flares up, the wise man quenches it with silence.”

“When the owl sings, the night is silent.” -Charles de Leusse

“When the silent flamingo dances pink with desire, I’ll be there, sipping on owl stares and kitten curls.”

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.”

“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”

Sometimes the incentives and perks we work for can end up backfiring on us if we try to take a shortcut. Knowing your boundaries and limitations requires an act of wisdom.

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