Better a debauched canary than a pious wolf.

— Anton Chekhov

Vibrant Canary quotations

Souls of poets dead and gone, What Elysium have ye known, Happy field or mossy cavern, Choicer than the Mermaid Tavern? Have ye tippled drink more fine Than mine host's Canary wine?

Like the canary in the coal mine, the climate changes already evident in the Arctic are a call to action.

Israel is the canary in the mine. What happens to Israel will eventually happen to America itself.

The smell of that buttered toast simply spoke to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cozy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one's ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender; of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.

The canary is like a man's soul. It sees bars around it, but instead of despairing, it sings.

My father once nearly came to blows with a female dinner guest about whether a particular patch of embroidery was fuchsia or magenta. But the infinite gradations of color in a fine sunset - from salmon to canary to midnight blue - left him wordless.

Women and gay people are the litmus test of whether a society is democratic and respecting human rights. We are the canaries in the mine.

Being in love, you know... it's not like having a canary, in a cage. When you lose one sweetheart, you can't just go out and get another to replace her.

Perhaps poetry will be the canary in the mine-shaft warning us of what's to come.

You should see what she’s wearing, Callie.

It’s velvet. Canary yellow velvet. Turban to match. She looks like a furry banana.

places to hunt places to hide are getting harder to find, and pet canaries and goldfish too, did you notice that?

Social media is the ultimate canary in the coal mine

A caged canary is secure; but it is not free. It is easier for free men to resist terrorism from afar than tyranny from within.

Surfers are the canaries down the mine.

Those of us who surf spend more time than anyone soaking in whatever the sea has become. We're suspended in consequences, you might say.

A tom cat hijacked a plane, stuck a pistol into the pilot's ribs and demanded: 'Take me to the canaries'.

The canary bird in the coal mine theory of the arts: artists should be treasured as alarm systems.

You can't soar like an eagle and crap like a canary.

A caged canary is safe but not free.

You are not called to be a canary in a cage.

You are called to be an eagle, and to fly sun to sun, over continents.

My father used to run auctions. He's now a singer in the Canary Islands.

Chestnut brown canary, ruby throated sparrow, sing a song, don't be long, thrill me to the marrow.

Because of her, he had learned to look for the birds - the darting flight of wild canaries (yellow sun on yellow wings), the chesty preening of redbirds and bluebirds, the blackbird with the red-tipped wings like startling epaulets.

Musicians and journalists are the canaries in the coalmine, but, eventually, as computers get more and more powerful, it will kill off all middle-class professions.

Cruelty is a mystery, and the waste of pain.

But if we describe a word to compass these things, a world that is a long, brute game, then we bump against another mystery: the inrush of power and delight, the canary that sings on the skull.

Why employ intelligent and highly paid ambassadors and then go and do their work for them? You don't buy a canary and sing yourself.

She was wearing a canary-yellow two-piece bathing suit, one piece of which she would not actually be needing for another nine or ten years.

Will urban sprawl spread so far that most people lose all touch with nature? Will the day come when the only bird a typical American child ever sees is a canary in a pet shop window? When the only wild animal he knows is a rat-glimpsed on a night drive through some city slum? When the only tree he touches is the cleverly fabricated plastic evergreen that shades his gifts on Christmas morning?

You know it's time to start using mouthwash when your dentist leaves the room and sends in a canary.

Long after her death I felt her thoughts floating through mine.

Long before we met we had had the same dreams. We compared notes. We found strange affinities. The same June of the same year (1919) a stray canary had fluttered into her house and mine, in two widely separated countries. Oh, Lolita, had you love me thus!

You could say sorry, suggested Harry bluntly.

What, and get attacked by another flock of canaries? muttered Ron. What did you have to imitate her for? She laughed at my mustache! So did I, it was the stupidest thing I've ever seen.

Just then Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.

The Water Canary [is] a fast, cheap device that answers an important question: Is this water contaminated?

That's what the cat said to the canary when he swallowed him - 'You'll be all right.'

We're performing several shows in the Canary Islands.