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Quotes of the Day for 16 March 2003 – Birds

On the day in 1934 the US adopted the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, commonly known as the Duck Stamp Act. Hunters are required to buy a stamp before bagging migratory birds like ducks and geese, with he proceeds earmarked for habitat preservation. The stamps themselves are so beautifully done that many non-hunters buy and display them as art. We won't be hunting them, but here are a few quotes on Birds.

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The quotes:

It is the beautiful bird that gets caged.
     - Chinese proverb

The birds I heard today, which, fortunately, did not come within the scope of my science, sang as freshly as if it had been the first morning of creation.
     - Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
     - Maya Angelou

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
     - Robert Lynd

No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
     - William Blake, 1757 - 1827

Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.
     - Dorothy Parker, 1893 - 1967


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