The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.— Eric Berne
Special Sparrow quotations
Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate
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.
Mr. David Stockman has said that supply-side economics was merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy — what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.
The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.
When sparrows build and the leaves break forth My old sorrow wakes and cries.
I am only a sparrow amongst a great flock of sparrows.
There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
The bluebird enjoys the preeminence of being the first bit of color that cheers our northern landscape. The other birds that arrive about the same time--the sparrow, the robin, the phoebe-bird--are clad in neutral tints, gray, brown, or russet; but the bluebird brings one of the primary hues and the divinest of them all.
When I think of my past life, and the bitter trials I have endured, I can scarcely believe I live, and yet I do; and, with the help of Him who notes the sparrow’s fall, I mean to fight for my down-trodden race while life lasts.
The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard, who sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But if by 'God,' one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe, then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally unsatisfying... it does not make much sense to pray to the law of gravity.
Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.
A dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest.
When the sparrow sings its final refrain, the hush is felt nowhere more deeply than in the heart of man.
Tell me not of joy: there's none Now my little sparrow's gone;
He, just as you, Would toy and woo, He would chirp and flatter me, He would hang the wing awhile, Till at length he saw me smile, Lord! how sullen he would be!
The League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.
One, I have a wonderful publisher, Black Sparrow Press;
as long as they exist, they will keep me in print. And they claim they sell very respectable numbers of my books, so I guess, and it's true, every place I go, my books are in libraries and on bookshelves.
Some say that we shall never know, and that to the gods we are like the flies that the boys kill on a summer's day, and some say, to the contrary, that the very sparrows do not lose a feather that has not been brushed away by the finger of God.
When I have been unhappy, I have heard an opera.
.. and it seemed the shrieking of winds; when I am happy, a sparrow's chirp is delicious to me. But it is not the chirp that makes me happy, but I that make it sweet.
Can a sparrow know how a stork feels?
Better a sparrow, living or dead, than no birdsong at all.
There was no one color that could paint Lena Duchannes.
She was a red sweater and a blue sky, a gray wind and a silver sparrow, a black curl escaping from behind her ear.
Look at the sparrows; they do not know what they will do in the next moment. Let us literally live from moment to moment.
All the sparrows on the rooftops are crying about the fact that the most imperialist nation that is supporting the colonial regime in the colonies is the United States of America.
I've got billions of sparrows to worry about as well as everything else'.
So there's the whole idea that whatever it is that you believe, it can never be valid unless you have some consensus reality demonstration.
The sparrows are preparing for winter, each one dressed in a plain brown coat and singing a cheerful song.
Cosmic upheaval is not so moving as a little child pondering the death of a sparrow in the corner of a barn.
If you are a sparrow, don't attack the eagle;
be wise! If you are an eagle, don't attack the sparrow; be just!
I saw a robin redbreast in Central Park today, but it turned out to be a sparrow with an exit wound.
The winter is kind and leaves red berries on the boughs for hungry sparrows.
I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children.
To the seeing eye life is mostly Sparrows.
The sparrow flies south for the winter.
Cast fear forever from your heart. God's love protects the sparrow: surely He is near His children who rely on His faithfulness!
Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him