90 Crow Quotes Shedding Light On Omens and Change

If you want to know what it means to come across a crow, then you better check out this list of the top 90 crow quotes!

Typically symbolizing bad omens and changes, a lot of people think that it’s a bad thing to see a crow.

However, there’s so much more to this bird.

They are extremely intelligent, observant, and have amazing memory. You’ll surely learn more about them through this collection, so be sure you don’t miss out.

Read more through the collection below.

And don’t forget to check out these bird quotes and raven quotes too.

Best Crow Quotes

1. “If you have to eat crow, eat it while it’s young and tender.” – Thomas Jefferson

2. “And the crow once called the raven black.” – George R.R. Martin

3. “Crows will fight over a dead man’s flesh and kill each other for his eyes.” – George R.R. Martin

4. “A Crow is known wherever he is met by his beautiful white dress, and his tall and elegant figure; the greater part of the men being six feet high.” – George Catlin

5. “The wing of the falcon brings to the king; the wing of the crow brings him to the cemetery.” – Muhammad Iqbal

6. “If men had wings and bore black feathers, few of them would be clever enough to be crows.” – Henry Ward Beecher

7. “The crow bewails the sheep, and then eats it.” – George Herbert

8. “It is better to listen to a crow that lives in trees than to a learned man who lives only in ideas.” – Kate Horsley

9. “In many traditions, crows are messengers and close attention is paid to their actions.” – Robert Moss

Powerful Crow Quotes

10. “The crow commands, the captive must obey.” – George R.R. Martin

11. “If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.” – Horace

12. “The crow does not hide its prey, but calls for others to share it; so wealth will be with those of a like disposition.” – Thiruvalluvar

13. “The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow.” – William Blake

14. “Method is more important than strength when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed to have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

15. “How much can a crown be worth, when a crow can dine upon a king?” – George R. R. Martin

16. “Her voice was stark as a winter crow.” – John Sanford

17. “If a flock of crows is a murder, what should we call a group of dragons? A catastrophe of dragons.” – Robin Hobb

18. “Crows are more sincere than they look, you know.” – Aki

19. “Ruffian magpies and crows squabbled shrilly in the swaying tree by my window. Then, unbeknownst to me, a tiny starling with its astral plumage came closer still and made its resonant point with greater subtlety.” – Steward Stafford

Ominous and Dark Crow Quotes

20. “Maybe all crows were just creepy.” – Kami Garcia

21. “Don’t seem to be on the lookout for crows, else you’ll set other people watching.” – George Eliot

22. “Never a good sign, he thought, when the crows showed up.” – Justin Cronin

23. “Crows pick out the eyes of the dead when the dead have no longer need of them, but flatterers mark the soul of the living, and her eyes they blind.” – Epictetus

24. “The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens. There is no doubt of that, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for heaven simply means the impossibility of crows.” – Franz Kafka

25. “Crows are not always available to give warning.” – Carlos Castaneda

26. “What does evil look like to crows from up in the sky? They’re brave enough to play hide-and-seek with the dead.” – Leah Weiss

27. “Angels and crows passed each other—one leaving, the other coming.” – Jerry Spinelli

28. “It is better to fall among crows than flatterers, for those devour only the dead. These, the living.” – Antisthenes

29. “Crows are harbingers of death and omens, good and bad, according to Big Jim according to Google. Midnight-winged tricksters associated with mystery, the occult, the unknown.” – Kira Jane Buxton

30. “The looters come with the carrion crows after every battle.” – George R.R. Martin

31. “People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.” – James O’Barr

32. “But the ominous thing in the crow’s flight—the bare-faced, bandit thing, the tattered beggarly gipsy thing, the caressing and shaping yet slightly clumsy gesture of the down-stroke, as if the wings were both too heavy and too powerful, and the headlong sort of merriment, the macabre pantomime ghoulishness and the undertaker sleekness—you could go on for a very long time with phrases of that sort and still have completely missed your instant, glimpse knowledge of the world of the crow’s wingbeat.” – Ted Hughes

33. “You shouldn’t make friends with crows, They don’t have any manners.” – Leigh Bardugo

34. ​​“It is not enough to say the crow flies purposefully, or heavily, or rowingly, or whatever. There are no words to capture the infinite depth of crowiness in the crow’s flight.” – Ted Hughes

Crow Quotes That Are Full of Insight and Wisdom

35. “We heap up around us things that we do not need as the crow makes piles of glittering pebbles.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder

36. “Crows are incredibly smart. They can be taught five things on the drop.” – Robbie Coltraine

37. “If you only have brains on your head, you would be as good a man as any of them, and a better man than some of them. Brains are the only things worth having in this world, no matter whether one is a crow or a man.” – L. Frank Baum

38. “When a crow says an intelligent thing, chickens may laugh at it. This is the laughing of the sand castles at the powerful waves!” – Mehmet Murat İldan

39. “The world is a nest of crows; some caw in praise, some caw in derision. But men should be above the reach of praise and blame.” – Sathya Sai Baba

40. “A crow, who had flown away with a cheese from a dairy window, sat perched on a tree looking down at a great big frog in a pool underneath him.” – William Makepeace Thackeray

41. “A group of men in evening clothes looks like a flock of crows and is just about as inspiring.” – Mark Twain

42. “Intellectual is a parrot; wise man is a crow. One is repetitive; the other is creative!” – Mehmet Murat İldan

43. “Our minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.” – Thomas Merton

44. “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.

Great Crow Quotes

45. “Each man is good in His sight. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows.” – Sitting Bull

46. “Leigh stands there, not so much a figure to scare crows as to beckon doves.” – Paul Russell

47. “At the chirp of a chipmunk she whirled around, listened keenly to the caws of crows—a language before words were, when communication was simple and clear.” – Delia Owens

48. “Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together.” – John Webster

49. “He was like a c*ck who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.” – George Eliot

50. “But I couldn’t escape who I was or what I’d done—no matter how fast or far I ran. The crows were just a reminder of that. They wanted back in. My past wasn’t done with me. Not yet.” – A.R. Kahler

51. “There is a bird who, by his coat, and by the hoarseness of his note, might be supposed a crow.” – William Cowper

52. “She understood how much louder a c*ck can crow in his own farmyard than elsewhere.” – Anthony Trollope

53. “A fairly good crow or a raven can lay pretty nearly as good an egg.” – Henrik Ibsen

54. “It is only natural, of course, that each man should think his own opinions best—the old crow loves his fledglings, and the ape his cubs.” – Thomas More

Deep and Poetic Crow Quotes

55. “Honestly, all crows are not ravens.” – Munia Khan

56. “The crow wished everything was black; the owl, that everything was white.” – William Blake

57. “I will make thee think thy swan a crow.” – William Shakespeare

58. “The black crow thinketh her own birds white.” – Gavin Douglas

59. “‘Fly away,’ sang a little lark to the crow, ‘There is no home for you among the broken promises and empty hearts. We drew the life we never mourned, away with fading dark. Your wings are fashioned from the cold, mindless lies of feathers tarred with pitch!’” – Phen Weston

60. “One of the most challenging ways is to slow down enough to relax our heart and feel what is nearest. It could be the sun reflecting off of broken glass in an alley. It could be the shine on a crow. It could be snow on a lamp post.” – Mark Nepo

61. “Even the blackest of them all, the crow, renders good service as your man-at-arms—crushing the beetle in his coat of mail, and crying havoc on the slug and snail.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

62. “On a bare branch a crow is perched—autumn evening.” – Bashō

63. “The thing about butterflies, Mr. Crow, is that they need to be admired from afar.” – A. Zavarelli

64. “Fly, you crows. My father was not a spectacle. He was the greatest man I ever knew. He was my everything.” – Stacey Lee

Crow Quotes That Tell You More About Their Characteristics

65. “Crows squawked raucously in the trees. It sounded like they were tearing something apart, something they didn’t even want, just for the fun of destroying it.” – Janet Fitch

66. “I saw a crow building a nest. I was watching him very carefully. I was kind of stalking him and he was aware of it. And you know what they do when they become aware of someone stalking them when they build a nest, which is a very vulnerable place to be? They build a decoy nest. It’s just for you.” – Tom Waits

67. “‘As the crow flies’—a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line.” – William Henry Maule

68. “To shoot at crows is powder flung away.” – John Gay

69. “The law is a gun, which if it misses a pigeon always kills a crow; if it does not strike the guilty, it hits someone else. As every crime creates a law, so in turn, every law creates a crime.” – Edward Bulwer-Lytton

70. “‘Crows don’t take from you,’ Dean said. ‘They give your soul wings.’” – Caitlin Kittredge

71. “Geese are white, crows are black. No argument will change this.” – Laozi

72. “A crow can recall every route it has ever taken, and Cadin had been this way before. Crows are messengers, spies, guides, companions, harbingers of luck, deliverers of trinkets and treasures, tireless in all ways, more loyal than any other man or beast.” – Alice Hoffman

73. “Eagles do not live alongside with crows. Neither they fly in flocks, nor live in muds.” – Mladen Đorđević

74. “If you want to fly with the eagles, you can’t hang out with the crows.” – Brock Lesnar

Crow Quotes That Will Make You Think

75. “I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases.” – Harry S. Truman

76. “If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn’t seek to show that no crows are, it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.” – William James

77. “Nothing is unreal as long as you can imagine like a crow.” – Munia Khan

78. “And although I have seen nothing but black crows in my life, it doesn’t mean that there’s no such thing as a white crow. Both for a philosopher and for a scientist, it can be important not to reject the possibility of finding a white crow. You might almost say that hunting for ‘the white crow’ is science’s principal task.” – Jostein Gaarder

79. “The crow cawed again overhead, and a strong sea wind came in and burst through the trees, making the green pine needles shake themselves all over the place. That sound always gave me goosebumps—the good kind. It was the sound an orphan governess hears in a book, before a mad woman sets the bed curtains on fire.” – April Genevieve Tucholke

80. “A ghost bird might be a hawk in one place, a crow in another, depending on the context.” – Jeff Vander Meer

81. “A crow enters the team of pigeons or a pigeon to the crows team, in this regard, to look at and think differently about them is the semi-discrimination, but doing any practice differently between them is full discrimination.” – Ehsan Sehgal

82. “Men, though they know full well how much women are worth and how great the benefits we bring them, nonetheless seek to destroy us out of envy for our merits. It’s just like the crow, when it produces white nestlings—it is so stricken by envy, knowing how black it is itself, that it kills its own offspring out of pique.” – Moderata Fonte

83. “Black doves and white crows flew to her, for she was mother to the outcasts.” – Samantha Shannon

84. “Of all the birds, they are the ones who mind their being armless most—witness how, when they walk, their heads jerk back and forth like rifle bolts.” – Lucia Perillo

More Interesting Quotes About the Crow

85. “If a crow speaks to the fox, he speaks to him from the top of the tree.” – Charles de Leusse

86. “He was like a crow picking up waste from dustbins, rendered useless by progress.” – Vineet Raj Kapoor

87. “November; crows are approaching—wounded leaves fall to the ground.” – Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

88. “Perfect devices—doctors, ghosts, and crows. We can do things other characters can’t, like eat sorrow, un-birth secrets and have theatrical battles with language and God.” – Max Porter

89. “If you don’t hear the crows of the roosters in the mornings, you are one cursed city fellow!” – Mehmet Murat İldan

90. “Crows tumble like socks in a drier.” – David Mitchell

Did These Quotes About the Crow Teach You to Be Ready for Any Changes That Might Come?

Crows have a distinct sound, and with dark-as-night feathers, it’s usually easy to know if you’ve come across them. Though they typically denote negative things—as what many pieces of literature and shows depict, they’re actually symbols of transformation and change.

This is mainly attributed to their sharp and insightful foresight. It’s so easy to fall into a routine, and crows are a reminder that our lives and our fates are so complex, it’s beyond our understanding. We shouldn’t expect to live each day in a routine. Instead, we should be ready for change and transformation—both the good and the bad.

What else did the crow teach you? Which of the quotes we’ve listed above are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment down below.

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