82 Owl Quotes and Sayings on Bringing Wisdom

Owls are one of the most common bird species found worldwide, thanks to their unusual look and enigmatic appeal.

These intriguing species, known for their round faces, huge eyes and nocturnal behaviors, live in a wide range of settings, from deep woods to broad plains and from polar tundra to deserts.

This vast range, which includes all continents except Antarctica, demonstrates their flexibility and durability.


Over 200 species of owls are known to exist, with each varied in size, color and habitat preference.

They not only help to preserve ecological balance by regulating rodent populations, but they also have a particular position in numerous civilizations and mythology, representing wisdom, mystery and change.

Top 10 Owl Quotes


Thou ominous and fearful owl of death. ~ William Shakespeare.


You can’t hoot with the owls and then soar with the eagles. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey.


An owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees, the less it talks. ~ Christie Watson.


I had a dream that we purchased an owl that sat there in silence and never did scowl. ~ Unknown.


No owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp, and no traitor of treason. ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.


The night to the owl and morn to the lark less welcome. ~ William Shakespeare.


The owls are gathering; find out why soon. ~ J. K. Rowling.


I’m a night owl; I could work until 6 in the morning without even thinking about it. ~ Julie Plec.


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


Why can’t we be like that wise old owl in the tree? Speech must die to serve that which is spoken. ~ Paul Ricoeur.

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Wise Owl Quotes

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? ~ Unknown.


The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees. ~ Theodore Roosevelt.

In their previous lives, poets were bats, and thinkers were owls. ~ Michael Bassey Johnson.

I generally stay with a chapter until I am satisfied, do very little rewriting, and if a scene is going well, I’ve been known to keep night owl hours. ~ Sharon Kay Penman.


Alone and warming his five wits, the white owl in the belfry sits. ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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. ~ Jeremih.


I’m not very keen for doves or hawks. I think we need more owls. ~ George Aiken.

Some men pray only when the world is dark, as owls hoot at night. ~ Austin O’Malley.


The crow wished everything was black; the owl, that everything was white. ~ William Blake.

Rabbit and owl are aging bachelors whose respective megalomania and fussiness are tempered only by their mutual friendship, of which the less said, the better. ~ Frederick C. Crews.

Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes. ~ Patrick Rothfuss.


Do you think I was born in a wood to be afraid of an owl? ~ Jonathan Swift.

It was great to see the owls. They’re wild things, of course – killers, savages. They’re wonderful. ~ David Almond.


I’m the worst night owl, because I’m a self-loathing night owl who thinks, ‘No, I should be getting up early.’ It feels unproductive. I must get over that. ~ Ronny Chieng.

I used to think I was a night owl. I realized I’m not, because I have energy at night, but I’m not as focused and productive when I try to get things done. ~ Caroline Ghosn.


Wisdom of owls is akin to sages, books, and knowledge reduces the brawl and adds to ages. ~ Unknown.

I’ve always been a night owl. ~ Blake Lively.

Only the worm of conscience consorts with the owl. Sinners and evil spirits shun the light. ~ Friedrich Schiller.

Best Owl Quotes


Observe and reflect, and become a little wiser every day. ~ Unknown.

Owl looked at him, and wondered whether to push him off the tree; but, feeling that he could always do it afterwards, he tried once more to find out what they were talking about. ~ A. A. Milne.

I’m a bit of a night owl because that’s when I feel the most creative and alive. ~ Christina Aguilera.

Don’t count your owls before they are delivered. ~ J. K. Rowling.


If we cannot sing of faith and triumph, we will sing our despair. We will be that kind of bird. There are day owls, and there are night owls, and each is beautiful and even musical while about its business. ~ Henry David Thoreau.

Owls are known as lonely birds; but it is not known that they have the forest as their best friend! ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.


Advice from an owl – stay focused, be who you are, trust in a wise friend, live off the land, glide through the dark times, be observant, because life’s a hoot! ~ Ilan Shamir.

The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders at our quaint spirits. ~ William Shakespeare.


I write in the mornings or afternoons ~ I’m not a night owl and can write for only four or five hours maximum. ~ Sarah Hall.

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


There’s always a hidden owl in knowledge. ~ E.I. Jane.

If there are no nightingales, one must settle for owls. ~ Danish Proverb.

I love filming at night. I’m like a night owl. ~ Noah Schnapp.


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. ~ Dean Ambrose.

Famous Owl Quotes

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


I’m a bit of a night owl, I’m always visiting the gym throughout the night. ~ Jimi Manuwa.

You don’t need anything but hope. The kind of hope that flies on silent wings under a shining owl moon. ~ Jane Yolen.

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


Those who drink whiskey with the owls at night, cannot soar with the eagles the next day. ~ Brian D. Ratty.

‘Owl,’ said Rabbit shortly, ‘you and I have brains. The others have fluff. If there is any thinking to be done in this Forest – and when I say thinking, I mean thinking – you and I must do it.’ ~ A.A. Milne.


The owl – that bird of onomatopoeic name – is a repetitious question wrapped in feathery insulation especially for Winter delivery. ~ Hal Borland.

Have you ever stared into the owl’s eyes? They blink slowly, then burn: burn gold in the dark inner core of the snow-shrouded cedar. ~ Robert Penn Warren.


Owl hasn’t exactly got brain, but he knows things. ~ A. A. Milne.

The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious! ~ Mehmet Murat İldan.

Do not trap yourself into an owl’s hooting sound where sad nights linger through the blackness of a hound. ~ Munia Khan.


Owl is the grand and rather clever old man of the forest. He can also spell Tuesday. ~ A. A. Milne.

A wise, old owl sat in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we be like that wise old bird? ~ Edward Hersey Richards.

People say the darkness is where secrets are best hidden. Night time brings clarity and focus to owls – even if the aperture of this vision comes with a stigma. ~ Kimberly Morgan.


The bat that flits at close of eve has left the brain that won’t believe. The owl that calls upon the night speaks the unbeliever’s fright. ~ William Blake.

My friends call me an owl. Apparently, it’s a combination of being wise and having big eyes. ~ Romy Madley Croft.


The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five pound note. ~ Edward Lear.

Perhaps he does not want to be friends with you until he knows what you are like. With owls, it is never easy-come-easy-go. ~ T.H. White.

The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk. ~ Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.


The owl by day, if he arises, is mocked and wondered at. ~ William Shakespeare.

The ignorant hath an Eagles wings, and an Owls eyes. ~ George Herbert.

I had a dream we purchased an owl that sat there in silence and never did scowl. ~ Unknown.


I have learned that one of the most important rules in politics is poise – which means looking like an owl after you have behaved like a jackass. ~ Ronald Reagan.

The owls are not what they seem. ~ Alexis Novak.


The owl goes not into the nest of the lark. ~ Victor Hugo.

An owl is mostly air. ~ Ursula K. Le Guin.

Must-Read Owl Quotes

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.


Wisdom of Owl Is akin to Sages, books and knowledge reduce the brawl and add to ages. ~ Unknown.

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 İldan.

The large, white owl whose eye is blind, that hath sat for years in the old tree hollow, is carried away in a gust of wind. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride. ~ Proverb.


When the owl sings, the night is silent. ~ Charles de Leusse.

She wants to be flowers, but you make her owls. You must not complain, then, if she goes hunting. ~ Alan Garner.


Being human is exhausting, so be an owl. ~ Unknown.

I like to think of myself as a wise owl that learns from the mistakes of people who listened to my advice. ~ Unknown.

Learn how an owl fly silently by watching the below video.

So these were the 82 quotes about Owls.

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