Owl Quotes, Sayings, Captions

These owl quotes cover a wide range of topics, including inspirational, funny, and wise owl sayings.

Teachers will find these owl quotations useful for teaching purposes and for posting inspiring messages to the walls of their classrooms.

The best owl quotes and sayings

Owls traditionally represent wisdom, stealth, and patience. Many of these quotes explore the symbolism of the owl and our admiration of its unique traits.

Inspirational owl quotes

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

2.) Advice from an owl: stay focused, be “whoo” you are, trust in a wise friend, live off the land, glide through the dark times, be observant, life’s a hoot!
Ilan Shamir

3.) When the owl sings, the night is silent.
(Quand le hibou chante, La nuit est silence.)
Charles de Leusse

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

5.) An owl is mostly air.
Ursula K. Le Guin

6.) That little owl with a call as steady as my heartbeat was telling anyone who would listen, ‘I am here.’ We were listening. We’re listening still.
Heather Durham

Owl Quotes, Sayings, Captions

7.) I am brother to dragons, and companion to owls. My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.
Alan Moore

8.) The wailing owl screams solitary to the mournful moon.
David Mallet

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

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

Funny owl sayings

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

12.) A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
Ernest Hemingway

13.) Getting up too early is a vice habitual in horned owls, stars, geese, and freight trains. Some hunters acquire it from geese and some coffee pots from hunters.
Aldo Leopold

14.) They’re doing everything they can to tighten security at the White House. Today, on the roof of the White House, they added one of those fake owls.
David Letterman

15.) I am both a night owl and an early bird. So I am wise and I have worms.
Michael Scott (from The Office)

16.) You know what I hate the most? People that imitate owls.
Emo Philips

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

18.) We were restless for ages… After a while, I heard an owl hooting and calmed myself by thinking of it flying over the dark fields and then I remembered it would be pouncing on mice. I love owls, but I wish God had made them vegetarian.
Dodie Smith

19.) The owl, that bird of onomatopoetic name, is a repetitious question wrapped in feathery insulation, especially for Winter delivery.
Hal Borland

20.) The truth is, we (women) live like bats, or owls, labor like beasts, and die like worms.
Margaret Cavendish

21.) The thing about owls is that they do sort of have this facial disc, which is unlike any other bird. They kind of have a face, more than like a dog or a giraffe. They have this weird, alien face that you can actually make expressive.
Zack Snyder

22.) There’s always a hidden owl in “knowledge.”
E.I. Jane

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Wisdom quotes

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

24.) The owl is nocturnal with keen senses of sight and sound. It sees through the shadows of the night and hears the sounds in the silence; the illusion of the darkness. This teaches us to see past our own illusions and trust our intuition and perceptive senses.
Anonymous

25.) Sometimes an owl is just an owl.
Mark Frost

26.) Words should wander and meander. They should fly like owls and flicker like bats and slip like cats. They should murmur and scream and dance and sing.
David Almond

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

28.) What good is a place if it’s inhabited by owls? Better a straw hut inhabited by humans.
Filipino Proverb

29.) The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions into two classes openly bad and secretly bad.
Henry Ward Beecher

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More owl quotes about wisdom

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

31.) Light itself is a great corrective. A thousand wrongs and abuses that are grown in darkness disappear, like owls and bats, before the light of day.
James A. Garfield

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

33.) If you are unwilling to defend your right to your own lives, then you are merely like mice trying to argue with owls. You think their ways are wrong. They think you are dinner.
Terry Goodkind

34.) We learned to be patient observers like the owl. We learned cleverness from the crow, and courage from the jay, who will attack an owl ten times its size to drive it off its territory. But above all of them ranked the chickadee because of its indomitable spirit.
Tom Brown, Jr.

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

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Wise owl quotes

36.) The owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees, the less it talks.
African Proverb

37.) The owls are not what they seem.
Alexis Novak

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

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

Night owl sayings

40.) Opportunities are like night owls. They like to streak naked and howl at the moon. A lot of success in life comes down to luck. So, put yourself in a position to get lucky. Because you know what happens if you don’t go out? Nothing.
Ari Gold

41.) People say the darkness is where secrets are best hidden. Nighttime brings clarity and focus to owls, even if the aperture of this vision comes with a stigma.
Kimberly Morgan

42.) Women have in their natures something akin to owls and fireflies. While men grow stupid and sleepy towards evening, they become brighter and more open-eyed and show a propensity to flit and sparkle under the light of chandeliers.
Abba Louisa Goold Woolson

43.) 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

44.) Beware The Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.
Scott Snyder

45.) The screech-owl, with ill-boding cry, Portends strange things, old women say; Stops every fool that passes by, And frights the school-boy from his play.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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Owl quotes in books and literature

46.) The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.
William Blake

47.) The large white owl that with eye is blind, that hath sate for years in the old tree hollow, is carried away in a gust of wind.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

48.) I was born a jackdaw why should I try to be an owl.
Ogden Nash

49.) You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may became from different species but as long as you’re a bird, I’m a bird too.
Glad Munaiseche

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

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

From Poetry

52.) 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

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

54.) Have you ever
Stared into the owl’s eyes? They blink slow, then burn:
Burn gold in the dark inner core of the snow-shrouded cedar.
Robert Penn Warren

55.) There was a wise old owl who sat in a tree
The less he spoke the more he heard
The more he heard the less he spoke
Why can’t we be like that wise old owl in the tree?
Speech must die to serve that which is spoken.
Paul Ricoeur

56.) St. Agnes’ Eve Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold.
John Keats

57.) Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast, Is that portentous phrase, ‘I told you so.’
Lord Byron

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Owl quotes for the classroom

58.) The owl is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps. They can see in the dark. I find that so interesting, to be mired in reality when the rest of the world is dreaming. What does he see and what does he know that the rest of the world is missing?
M.J. Rose

59.) There was an old man with a beard, who said: ‘It is just as I feared! Two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren have all built their nests in my beard.
Edward Lear

60.) ‘Everything you say,’ Geno said rather irritably, ‘contradicts itself.’ ‘Of course, it does,’ the screech owl rejoined obscurely. ‘Otherwise, how would anyone ever keep to the middle of the road?’
Felix Salten

61.) To be honest, owls aren’t the brightest of birds, amazing as they are; parrots and crows are much smarter. It’s all in the eyes: those magnificent piercing optics are what make all owls look like they are deep in concentrated scrutiny and steeped in long-lost knowledge.
Matt Sewell

62.) Animals like crows, owls, or black cats are not ominous at all; it is the men’s superstitious mind which is the inauspicious one!
Mehmet Murat ildan

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

For teachers

64.) The inauspiciousness of the owl is nothing but the inauspiciousness of the man who thinks that owl is inauspicious!
Mehmet Murat ildan

65.) The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.
Proverb

66.) The Wise Owl—A wise owl lived in an oak. The more he saw, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?
Edward Hershey Richards

67.) 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

68.) No owl is afraid of the night, no snake of the swamp and no traitor of the treason.
Unknown

69.) If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Roald Dahl

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Owl quotations for graduation

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

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

72.) Being human is exhausting. So be an owl.
Unknown

73.) An owl is traditionally a symbol of wisdom, so we are neither doves nor hawks but owls, and we are vigilant when others are resting.
Urjit Patel

74.) Grow Old Along With Me, The Best Is Yet to Be.
Robert Browning

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Owl sayings for the nursery

75.) 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?
Nursery rhyme

76.) The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five-pound note. The Owl looked up to the Stars above And sang to a small guitar, ‘O lovely Pussy O Pussy, my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are You are What a beautiful Pussy you are.
Edward Lear

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

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

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

Shakespeare’s owl sayings

80.) A falcon, tow’ring in her pride of place, Was by a mousing owl hawk’d at and kill’d.
William Shakespeare

81.) The clamorous owl that nightly hoots and wonders At our quaint spirits.
William Shakespeare

82.) Thou ominous and fearful owl of death.
William Shakespeare

83.) Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In a cowslip’s bell I lie; There I couch when owls do cry.
William Shakespeare

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

85.) The owl, night’s herald, shrieks “tis very late!”
The sheep are gone to fold, birds to their nest,
And coal-black clouds that shadow heaven’s light
Do summon us to part and bid goodnight.
William Shakespeare

86.) Hark! Peace!
It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the sternest good night.
William Shakespeare

87.) The screech-owl, screeching loud,
Puts the wretch that lies in woe
In remembrance of a shroud.
William Shakespeare

88.) The owl by day,
If he arise, is mocked and wondered at.
William Shakespeare

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Harry Potter owl quotes

89.) Don’t, Ginny, we’ll send you loads of owls. We’ll send you a Hogwarts toilet seat. George! Only joking, Mum.
J. K. Rowling

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

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

92.) He looked closely at the owl for a moment, then, to Harry and Hermione’s great surprise, he held him out for Crookshanks to sniff. ‘What d’you reckon?’ Ron asked the cat. ‘Definitely an owl?’ Crookshanks purred. “That’s good enough for me,” said Ron happily. “He’s mine.”
J. K. Rowling

Winnie the Pooh owl quotes

93.) Owl hasn’t exactly got Brain, but he Knows Things.
A. A. Milne

94.) He respects Owl, because you can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell it right.
A. A. Milne

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

96.) “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

97.) For some time now Pooh had been saying “Yes” and “No” in turn, with his eyes shut, to all that Owl was saying, and having said “Yes, yes” last time, he said, “No, not at all” now, without really knowing what Owl was talking about.
A.A. Milne

98.) So Owl wrote…and this is what he wrote:
HIPY PAPY BTHETHDTH THUTHDA BTHUTHDY
Pooh looked on admiringly.
“I’m just saying ‘A Happy Birthday’,” said Owl carelessly.
“It’s a nice long one,” said Pooh, very much impressed by it.
A.A. Milne

99.) Pooh had wandered into the Hundred Acre Wood and was standing in front of what had once been Owl’s house. It didn’t look at all like a house now, it looked like a tree that had been blown down; and as soon as a house looks like that, it is time you tried to find another one.
A.A. Milne

Bonus: Bible owl sayings and verses

• I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
Psalm 102:6

• But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and the stones of emptiness.
Isaiah 34:11

• There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow: there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate.
Isaiah 34:15

• The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest.
Isaiah 34:14

Owl Captions for Instagram

  • I’m a night owl.
  • I don’t give a hoot.
  • How many licks?
  • knOWLedge is power.
  • Nerdy birdy.
  • Owl night long.
  • Grow wise, little owl.
  • Up owl night.
  • O.W.L. one wonderful lad!
  • I’m a night person.
  • My patronus is an owl.
  • Don’t be a dirty bird.
  • Hoot – there it is!
  • Whooo cares.
  • Give a hoot. Don’t pollute.
  • Be brave, wild, and free.
  • Owls rule.
  • Whooo do you love?
  • Owl I do is win.
  • I’ve got irritable owl syndrome.
  • Owl always love you.
  • Add some magic to your life.
  • Word to the wise.
  • I’m a wise guy.
  • Owl wisdom.
  • Dare to be wise.
  • Whooo me?
  • Wise old owl.
  • Young but wise.

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