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40 Crow Quotes About The Misunderstood Corvids

Crows have always been cloaked in a veil of mystery, with their sharp intelligence and the dark symbolism they carry sparking intrigue. These birds not only display impressive problem-solving skills but also hold a significant place in folklore and literature. Explore our collection of crow quotes to explore the world of corvids through the words of authors, public figures, and more.

Crow Quotes About The Bird In The Wild

Crows are a common sight with their sleek black feathers and unmistakable caw standing out. These birds thrive in various habitats, from woodlands to urban areas, showcasing their adaptability. Renowned for their intelligence, crows can solve complex problems2 and even copy animal sounds and human speech1.

Let's take a glimpse into the lives of these avians through the quotes below. Afterward, visit our article on crow facts for more information, and check out this video of an intelligent crow using multiple tools in the correct order.

"It is not enough to say the crow flies purposefully, or heavily, or rowingly, or whatever. There are no words to capture the infinite depth of crowiness in the crow's flight." -Ted Hughes #trvst #quotes #bethechange #collectiveaction #crow
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"It is not enough to say the crow flies purposefully, or heavily, or rowingly, or whatever. There are no words to capture the infinite depth of crowiness in the crow's flight."

- Ted Hughes

"I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It's just for you." -Tom Waits #trvst #quotes #beinspired #gogreen #crow
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"I saw a crow building a nest, I was watching him very carefully, I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It's just for you."

- Tom Waits

"Crows squawked raucously in the trees. It sounded like they were tearing something apart, something they didn't even want, just for the fun of destroying it." -Janet Fitch #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #collectiveaction #crow #trees
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"Crows squawked raucously in the trees. It sounded like they were tearing something apart, something they didn't even want, just for the fun of destroying it."

- Janet Fitch

"‘As the crow flies,' a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line." -William Henry Maule #trvst #quotes #gogreen #impact #crow
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"‘As the crow flies,' a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line."

- William Henry Maule

"On a bare branch a crow is perched—autumn evening." -Bashō #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialimpact #crow
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"On a bare branch a crow is perched—autumn evening."

- Bashō

"A crow, who had flown away with a cheese from a dairy window, sat perched on a tree looking down at a great big frog in a pool underneath him." -William Makepeace Thackeray #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #gogreen #crow #tree
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"A crow, who had flown away with a cheese from a dairy window, sat perched on a tree looking down at a great big frog in a pool underneath him."

- William Makepeace Thackeray

Quotes About Crows As Messengers Of Death

Across cultures, crows are often seen as harbingers of death, stirring a mix of fear and awe. For example, in Native American folklore, these black birds are the messengers between the worlds of the living and the dead. The corvid is also associated with the Greek god of prophecy, Apollo.

Here are a few quotes talking about their association with death.

"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right." -James O'Barr #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #bethechange #crow
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"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right."

- James O'Barr

"In many traditions, crows are messengers and close attention is paid to their actions." -Robert Moss #trvst #quotes #socialchange #takeaction #crow
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"In many traditions, crows are messengers and close attention is paid to their actions."

- Robert Moss

"Never a good sign, he thought, when the crows showed up." -Justin Cronin #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #crow
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"Never a good sign, he thought, when the crows showed up."

- Justin Cronin

"The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing of the crow brings him to the cemetery." -Muhammad Iqbal #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #bethechange #crow
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"The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing of the crow brings him to the cemetery."

- Muhammad Iqbal

"Angels and crows passed each other, one leaving, the other coming." -Jerry Spinelli #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #crow
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"Angels and crows passed each other, one leaving, the other coming."

- Jerry Spinelli

"‘Crows don't take from you,' Dean said. ‘They give your soul wings.'" -Caitlin Kittredge #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #collectiveaction #crow
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"‘Crows don't take from you,' Dean said. ‘They give your soul wings.'"

- Caitlin Kittredge

Quotes About The Dark Energy Around Crows

The crow's diet, which can include carrion, reinforces their negative image. However, these birds are opportunistic feeders, consuming seeds, insects, small mammals, and fruits, emphasizing their ecological importance. Additionally, their black plumage added to their reputation. Interestingly, when you look at them closely, their feathers are iridescent.

The following crow quotes depict more of the bird's image, but let's always appreciate their purpose in nature by continuously learning about them.

"A ghost bird might be a hawk in one place, a crow in another, depending on the context." -Jeff Vander Meer #trvst #quotes #takeaction #planetearthfirst #crow #bird
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"A ghost bird might be a hawk in one place, a crow in another, depending on the context."

- Jeff Vander Meer

"The crow cawed again overhead, and a strong sea wind came in and burst through the trees, making the green pine needles shake themselves all over the place. That sound always gave me goose bumps, the good kind. It was the sound an orphan governess hears in a book, before a mad woman sets the bed curtains on fire." -April Genevieve Tucholke #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialchange #crow #wind #trees
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"The crow cawed again overhead, and a strong sea wind came in and burst through the trees, making the green pine needles shake themselves all over the place. That sound always gave me goose bumps, the good kind. It was the sound an orphan governess hears in a book, before a mad woman sets the bed curtains on fire."

- April Genevieve Tucholke

"Crows will fight over a dead man's flesh and kill each other for his eyes." -George R. R. Martin #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #crow
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"Crows will fight over a dead man's flesh and kill each other for his eyes."

- George R. R. Martin

"Crows pick out the eyes of the dead when the dead have no longer need of them, but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind." -Epictetus #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #crow
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"Crows pick out the eyes of the dead when the dead have no longer need of them, but flatterers mar the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind."

- Epictetus

"The crow bewails the sheep and then eats it." -George Herbert #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialchange #crow
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"The crow bewails the sheep and then eats it."

- George Herbert

Quotes About White Crows

The following quotes discuss white versions of the bird, which is a rarity in nature. Their unusual coloration due to genetic mutation sets them apart, often stirring curiosity. White crows symbolize life, honesty, and purity, unlike their black counterparts. 

The birds do not need to be entirely white. There are actually types of crows, like the pied crow and the white-necked crow with white patches.

"In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient." -William James #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialimpact #crow
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"In order to disprove the assertion that all crows are black, one white crow is sufficient."

- William James

"The black crow thinketh her own bird's white." -Gavin Douglas #trvst #quotes #bethechange #bethechange #crow #birds
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"The black crow thinketh her own bird's white."

- Gavin Douglas

"Black doves and white crows flew to her, for she was mother to the outcasts." -Samantha Shannon #trvst #quotes #takeaction #socialimpact #crow
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"Black doves and white crows flew to her, for she was mother to the outcasts."

- Samantha Shannon

"A Crow is known wherever he is met by his beautiful white dress, and his tall and elegant figure; the greater part of the men being six feet high." -George Catlin #trvst #quotes #takeaction #changetheworld #crow
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"A Crow is known wherever he is met by his beautiful white dress, and his tall and elegant figure; the greater part of the men being six feet high."

- George Catlin

Notable Crow Quotes From Literature

Literature is full of crow characters and symbolism, which hold significant meaning. In his storytelling, Franz Kafka used them to evoke a sense of foreboding. Meanwhile, George R. R. Martin's vast world of Westeros assigns crows as watchers, embodying wisdom and guardianship at The Wall. 

Check more portrayals through the quotes below.

"‘Fly away,' sang a little lark to the crow, ‘There is no home for you among the broken promises and empty hearts. We drew the life we never mourned, away with fading dark. Your wings are fashioned from the cold, mindless lies of feathers tarred with pitch!'" -Phen Weston #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #gogreen #crow #life
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"‘Fly away,' sang a little lark to the crow, ‘There is no home for you among the broken promises and empty hearts. We drew the life we never mourned, away with fading dark. Your wings are fashioned from the cold, mindless lies of feathers tarred with pitch!'"

- Phen Weston

"The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white." -William Blake #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #takeaction #crow
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"The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white."

- William Blake

"The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means the impossibility of crows." -Franz Kafka #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #collectiveaction #crow
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"The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means the impossibility of crows."

- Franz Kafka

"We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles." -Laura Ingalls Wilder #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #impact #crow
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"We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles."

- Laura Ingalls Wilder

"If you only have brains on your head, you would be as good a man as any of them, and a better man than some of them. Brains are the only things worth having in this world, no matter whether one is a crow or a man." -L. Frank Baum #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #changetheworld #crow #world
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"If you only have brains on your head, you would be as good a man as any of them, and a better man than some of them. Brains are the only things worth having in this world, no matter whether one is a crow or a man."

- L. Frank Baum

"The crow commands, the captive must obey." -George R. R. Martin #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #crow
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"The crow commands, the captive must obey."

- George R. R. Martin

"And the crow once called the raven black." -George R. R. Martin #trvst #quotes #takeaction #ecoconscious #crow
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"And the crow once called the raven black."

- George R. R. Martin

"Her voice was stark as a winter crow." -John Sandford #trvst #quotes #socialchange #bethechange #crow
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"Her voice was stark as a winter crow."

- John Sandford

"I will make thee think thy swan a crow." -William Shakespeare #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #collectiveaction #crow
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"I will make thee think thy swan a crow."

- William Shakespeare

"If a crow speaks to the fox , he speaks to him from the top of the tree." -Charles de Leusse #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #bethechange #crow #tree
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"If a crow speaks to the fox , he speaks to him from the top of the tree."

- Charles de Leusse

More Crow Quotes About Their Symbolism

Crows carry diverse symbolism, which is carried into our daily conversations. Thomas Jefferson's quote, "If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender," metaphorically suggests addressing one's mistakes early on when they're more manageable.

Decipher more metaphorical statements through the final set of quotes below.

"If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender." -Thomas Jefferson #trvst #quotes #socialchange #socialimpact #crow #young
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"If you have to eat crow, eat it while it's young and tender."

- Thomas Jefferson

"Crows tumble like socks in a drier." -David Mitchell #trvst #quotes #impact #ecoconscious #crow
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"Crows tumble like socks in a drier."

- David Mitchell

"It is only natural, of course, that each man should think his own opinions best—the old crow loves his fledglings, and the ape his cubs." -Thomas More #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #planetearthfirst #crow #natural
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"It is only natural, of course, that each man should think his own opinions best—the old crow loves his fledglings, and the ape his cubs."

- Thomas More

"It is better to fall among crows than flatterers, for those devour only the dead. These the living." -Antisthenes #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #socialimpact #crow
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"It is better to fall among crows than flatterers, for those devour only the dead. These the living."

- Antisthenes

"If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows." -Henry Ward Beecher #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #gogreen #crow
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"If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows."

- Henry Ward Beecher

"Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them." -Thomas Merton #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #crow
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"Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them."

- Thomas Merton

"He was like a crow picking up waste from dustbins, rendered useless by progress." -Vineet Raj Kapoor #trvst #quotes #bethechange #impact #crow
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"He was like a crow picking up waste from dustbins, rendered useless by progress."

- Vineet Raj Kapoor

"Even the blackest of them all, the crow, renders good service as your man-at-arms, crushing the beetle in his coat of mail. And crying havoc on the slug and snail." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #crow
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"Even the blackest of them all, the crow, renders good service as your man-at-arms, crushing the beetle in his coat of mail. And crying havoc on the slug and snail."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"When a crow says an intelligent thing, chickens may laugh at it. This is the laughing of the sand castles at the powerful waves!" -Mehmet Murat ildan #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #impact #crow #laughing
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"When a crow says an intelligent thing, chickens may laugh at it. This is the laughing of the sand castles at the powerful waves!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

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