100 Hummingbird Quotes to Inspire Joy and Happiness

These hummingbird quotes are more than just about facts and trivias.

They also tell us a lot more about what the hummingbird symbolizes and what they’re all about.

Be sure you don’t miss out on this collection that features our top quotes about this amazing bird.

Because we’re highlighting quotes that’ll tell you more about what their colorful appearance, size, and weight mean in a deeper sense.

Read the full list below.

And you make sure to check out these bird quotes and raven quotes too.

Best Hummingbird Quotes

1. “I’d like to be like a hummingbird. You see them every now and then. You don’t see them everywhere.” – Shailene Woodley

2. “May my faith always be at the end of the day like a hummingbird returning to its favorite flower.” – Sanober Khan

3. “Spread your wings, let your spirit soar.” – Anonymous

4. “Quick as a hummingbird, she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly—dipping into the flowers of my heart.” – James Oppenheim

5. “Hummingbird—with brave wings she flies.” – Anonymous

6. “The earth has music for those who listen.” – Anonymous

7. “As long as the hummingbird had not abandoned the land, somewhere there were still flowers, and they still go on.” – Leslie Marmon Silko

8. “When you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take in believing in miracles or you stand still the hummingbird.” – Henry Miller

9. “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.” – Rumi

Funny Hummingbird Quotes

10. “There is no easy way to bathe a hummingbird.” – Kehlog Albran

11. “He wasn’t that good looking, he had the social skills of a wet cat, and the patience of a caffeinated hummingbird.” – Karen Chance

12. “I’m more of a culture hummingbird.” – Jai Rodriguez

13. “I would say the hummingbird really deserves the royalties on some of my songs.” – Leonard Cohen

14. “I love devastating movies, documentaries, and hummingbirds—yes, in that order.” – Tig Notaro

15. “He has the attention span of a hummingbird.” – Christopher Moore

16. “Furious flutter awakened hummingbird heart, hello, hello, love.” – Meghan McCafferty

17. “Even a hummingbird couldn’t catch Tyler at work.” – Fight Club

18. “I had the metabolism of a hummingbird on crack.” – Ilona Andrews

19. “I’m going to get a job, I’m broke. Right now I couldn’t buy spats for a hummingbird.” – Robert Blake

Hummingbird Quotes That Inspire You to Do Your Best

20. “Across the downs a hummingbird came dipping through the bowers. He pivoted on emptiness to scrutinize the flowers.” – Nathalia Crane

21. “Try humming when you are alone. It’s like yoga—makes you stress free and gives you positive vibes.” – Anonymous

22. “A hummingbird flew up to me and just hovered there staring at me. It’s tiny heart was pattering like a machine gun, and I thought, what a thing to have to work that hard every day just to stay alive, to be constantly on the verge of death. And how satisfying every day must be that it survived.” – Anonymous

23. “After a few mouthfuls of moon-flavored air, even the stubbornly drowsy can find themselves wide-eyed. All the normal noises of life were gone, leaving behind the secretive sounds, the shy sounds, the whispers and conversations of moss disputing with grass over some soft piece of earth, or the hummingbird snoring.” – N.D. Wilson

24. “We’re constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed. But we should always feel like a hummingbird. I may feel insignificant, but I don’t want to be like the other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I’ll be a hummingbird, I’ll do the best I can.” – Wangari Maathai

25. “Obviously, he had this native intelligence—this sensitivity and this ability to move rapidly through a whole range of material. You could just feel him taking stuff in with that gadfly energy—that hummingbird energy—taking a little something from here, there and everywhere, taking a little something from everything.” – Peter Sellars

26. “There’s two types of birds. There’s vultures, and there’s hummingbirds. One lives off dead carcasses, rotting meat. The other lives off the beautiful, sweet, nectar in a particular flower, on a particular desert plant, in the same desert. They both find what they’re looking for.” – Brian Houston

27. “The rest, around 80% of people, are hummingbirds. Some hummingbirds are more larkish, some more owlish and some are in between.” – John Medina

28. “There is a difference between our wisdom and nature’s simplicity that reflects the burden of a complex intelligence. A complex intelligence like ours is impotent compared to the intelligence of a monarch butterfly migrating from Canada to Mexico, or the intelligence of hummingbirds that have co-evolved with the flowers all along their migration route. That seems so simple; it just happens, it just unfolds.” – Alison Hawthorne Deming

29. “Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” – Soren Kierkegaard

Hummingbird Quotes to Brighten Your Day

30. “Hummingbird brings the gift of joy. Learn to laugh and be happy.” – Anonymous

31. “I hear like you see—like that hummingbird outside that window for instance.” – Ray Charles

32. “Gentle day’s flower—the hummingbird competes with the stillness of the air.” – Chogyam Trungpa

33. “Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.” – Amethyst Wyldfyre

34. “Coming eyeball to eyeball with a hummingbird on my terrace is as exciting to me as any celebrity I’ve met as a result of Downtown Abbey.” – Lesley Nicol

35. “My mother’s eyes were large and brown, like my son’s, but unlike Sam’s, they were always frantic, like a hummingbird who can’t quite find the flower but keeps jabbing around.” – Anne Lamott

36. “Hummingbird is the spirit of pure joy! She is the messenger of beauty and wonder, and she reminds us to taste the sweet nectar of life.” – Anonymous

37. “I always loved those little creatures, always feeling blessed when they appeared nearby. There’s a magical quality to them. I finally put one in a song.” – Leonard Cohen

38. “A day so happy. Fog lifted early. I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I know no one worth my envying him.” – Czesław Miłosz

39. “Hummingbird darts lightly through the world, spreading its message of joy and beauty, and teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of everyday existence.” – Anonymous

Hummingbird Quotes on Love and Life

40. “Hummingbirds that defend territories of many flowers remember which flowers they have recently emptied.” – Susan Healy

41. “May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face.” – Anonymous

42. “You are Mr. Owl. I am Ms. Hummingbird. We may have come from different species, but as long as you’re a bird, I’m a bird too.” – Glad Munaiseche

43. “My work is the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird—equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.” – Mary Oliver

44. “Time passes as fast as a hummingbird flutters.” – Anonymous

45. “You are so high in the tree. If you jump, you will live a full life while falling.You will get married to a hummingbird and raise beautiful part-hummingbirds. You will die of cancer in mid-air. I will not lie. It will be painful. You are a brave little boy or girl.” – Zachary Schomburg

46. “And in time, it will be as though men had never come to this perfect corner of the world-never called it paradise on earth, never despoiled it with their dream factories; and in the golden hush of the afternoon all that will be heard will be the fluttering of dragonflies, and the murmur of hummingbirds as they pass from bower to bower, looking for a place to sup sweetness.” – Clive Barker

47. “One day a hummingbird flew in. It fluttered against the window til I got it down where I could reach it with an open umbrella. When I had it in my hand, it was so small I couldn’t believe I had it, but I could feel the intense life—so intense and so tiny.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

48. “Charm is the enchanted dart, light and subtle as a hummingbird. But it is deceptive in one thing—like a sense of humor, if you think you’ve got it, you probably haven’t.” – Laurel Lea

49. “People of different types cannot be friends, so do birds.” – Anonymous

Inspiring Hummingbird Quotes

50. “Flutter like a hummingbird, dive like an eagle, ain’t no bird that’s my equal.” – Twilight Kathryn Lasky

51. “Fashion is so rich and it is an amazing occupation because we can draw on so many different sources of inspiration—just as a hummingbird feeds on a multitude of flowers.” – Dries Van Noten

52. “In Mexico, people wear hummingbird amulets around their necks to show they are searching for love. Here, people pretend that they aren’t searching.” – Francesca Lia Block

53. “I’d written a lot of songs with hummingbirds in them. None of them ever came to anything, but I did write a few lines last month. It went like this, ‘Listen to the hummingbird whose wings you cannot see. Listen to the hummingbird, don’t listen to me.’” – Leonard Cohen

54. “Dancing is such a despised and dishonored trade that if you tell a doctor or a lawyer you do choreography he’ll look at you as if you were a hummingbird. Dancers don’t get invited to visit people. It is assumed a boy dancer will run off with the spoons and a girl with the head of the house.” – Agnes de Mille

55. “You are life passing through your body, passing through your mind, passing through your soul. Once you find that out, not with logic, not with the intellect, but because you can feel that life, you find out that you are the force that makes the flowers open and close, that makes the hummingbird fly from flower to flower.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz

56. “Your outer beauty doesn’t really matter; the only beauty that matters is the beauty of your soul.” – Anonymous

57. “Some of our memories are like hummingbirds—light and indistinctive.” – Anonymous

58. “It’s who you are. You’re like a hummingbird, defying reality, a beautiful mystery, spreading your sweetness to all the needy flowers. Well, I’m no pretty garden blossom and I don’t need your brand of sugar.” – Karin Kallmaker

59. “Calliope feathers on the wings of my hopes and my dreams, to some day fly high in the lavender sky. A warm wind caresses my face, and my heart overflows with grace. The dawn breaks to herald a dazzling new day, as I hover, zip, zoom the hummingbird way.” – Sherri Lynea Gerek

Also read: Lavender Quotes

Deep and Philosophical Hummingbird Quotes

60. “The daily hummingbird assaults existence with improbability.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

61. “Hummingbirds have forgotten the words.” – Graffiti at Adelaide

62. “Some of my old memories feel trapped in amber in my brain, lucid and burning, while others are like the wing beat of a hummingbird, an intangible, ephemeral blur.” – Mira Bartok

63. “Hummingbird stays for a fractional sharp sweetness, and’s gone, can’t take more than that.” – Denise Levertov

64. “Most elegantly finished in all parts, the hummingbird is a miniature work of our Great Parent, who seems to have formed it the smallest, and at the same time the most beautiful of the winged species.” – J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur

65. “My mind—I know, I can prove—hovers on hummingbird wings. It hovers and it churns. And when it’s operating at full thrust, the churning does not stop. The machines do not rest, the systems rarely cool. And while I can forget anything of any importance—this is why people tell me secrets—my mind has an uncanny knack for organization when it comes to pain. Nothing tormenting is ever lost, never even diminished in color or intensity or quality of sound.” – Dave Eggers

66. “Wings are of many kinds. Butterfly’s wings, vulture’s wings, eagle-wings, spread wings of white swans, dragonfly’s serene wings, wings of albatross, lovely wings of hummingbirds, tiny wings of a fly, or a bumble-bee-wings; and when they fly, they fly their best according to their ability of flying. We should not underestimate the size of those heavenly wings.” – Munia Khan

67. “A route of evanescence with a revolving wheel; a resonance of emerald, a rush of cochineal; and every blossom on the bush adjusts its tumbled head. The mail from Tunis, probably an easy morning’s ride.”– Emily Dickinson

68. “It’s a great skill we all should learn—to believe in miracles in our life.” – Anonymous

69. “There are some things in our lives that make our hearts tremble and shiver.” – Anonymous

Beautiful Hummingbird Quotes

70. “If I were a flower, the hummingbird would be my favorite bee; and if I were blind, the light of darkness I’d love to see.” – Munia Khan

71. “Some people never find the right kind of love. You know, the kind that steals your breath away, like diving into snow melt. The kind that jolts your heart, sets it beating apace, an anxious hiccuping of hummingbird wings.” – Ellen Hopkins

72. “You tormented a hummingbird of love between your teeth.” – Federico García Lorca

73. “Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” – Alice Walker

74. “A flash of harmless lightning, a mist of rainbow dyes, the burnished sunbeams brightening from flower to flower he flies.” – John B. Tabb

75. “A rhododendron bud lavender-tipped. Soon, a glory of blooms to clash with the cardinals and gladden the hummingbirds!” – Dave Beard

76. “And the hummingbird that hung like a jewel up among the tilted honeysuckle horns. They mesmerized and swung in the palpitating air, drowsed with odors strange and rare. And with whispered laughter, slipped away and let him hanging there.” – James Whitcomb Riley

77. “You were like the hummingbird to me, and I am rather inclined to feel that you and I know the best part of one another without spending much time together. It is not that I fear the knowing. It is that I am at this moment willing to let you be what you are to me—it is beautiful and pure and very intensely alive.” – Georgia O’Keeffe

78. “We have to learn to be attentive and conscious throughout all our life.” – Anonymous

79. “Everything is beautiful when it all goes most naturally.” – Anonymous

Hummingbird Quotes That Will Surely Interest You

80. “She spoke quickly, her tongue feeling like a hummingbird’s wing; she was so afraid of boring him if she took too long.” – Shannon Hale

81. “Hummingbird shows us how to revisit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our life differently.” – Constance Barrett Sohodski

82. “Hummingbirds are so light and fast that they can compete with the air.” – Anonymous

83. “The hummingbird realized that this was a psychological tightrope that he had to navigate carefully, so he did it sideways because this was the only way he could move when perched.” – J.S. Mason

84. “The butterfly has something in common with a hummingbird.” – Anonymous

85. “Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.” – Constance Barrett Sohodski

86. “When observing wildlife, you’ll find perfect teachers to learn to appreciate every moment of your life.” – Anonymous

87. “Pray to have the same strength and power as that little creature does.” – Anonymous

88. “They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator.” – David Attenborough

89. “He was becoming unstuck, he was sure of that. His bones were no longer wrapped in flesh but in clouds of dust, in hummingbirds, dragonflies, and luminous moths, but so perfect was his equilibrium that he felt no fear. He was vast, he was many, he was dynamic, he was eternal.” – Tom Robbins

More Hummingbird Quotes

90. “Hummingbird was by far and away our worst result.” – Glenn Munsie

91. “If fat geese were selling for 10 cents a pound, I couldn’t buy a hummingbird.” – Anonymous

92. “By the way, did you fellows know that a hummingbird weighs as much as a quarter? Do you think a hummingbird also weighs the same as two dimes and a nickel? But then she asked a question of her own: ‘How do they weigh a hummingbird?’” – Calvin Trillin

93. “They just fly so fast.” – Anonymous

94. “Jewelled coryphee with quivering wings like shielding gauze outspread.” – Ednah Proctor Clarke Hayes

95. “I like snakes. I like hummingbirds. There’s nothing on earth I don’t like. Frogs. Salamanders. The bunnies, the giraffes, the hippopotamuses.” – Ted Turner

96. “There’s as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail.” – Morris Sheppard

97. “Have you ever observed a hummingbird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers? A living prismatic gem that changes its colour with every change of position—its exquisite form, its changeful splendour, its swift motions and intervals of arial suspension, it is a creature of such fairy-like loveliness as to mock all description.” – William Henry Hudson

98. “Why do we study insects? Because, together with man, hummingbirds, and the bristlecone pine, they are among the great achievements of organic evolution.” – Edward O. Wilson

99. “I often get letters from people who say I never give credit to the Almighty power that created nature. I reply, ‘Well, it’s funny that the people, when they say that this is evidence of the Almighty, always quote beautiful things— orchids, and hummingbirds, and butterflies, and roses.’” – Sir David Attenborough

100. “The hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. It will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.” – Ted Andrews

Did These Hummingbird Quotes Motivate You to Not Let Perceived Limitations Hold You Back?

Hummingbirds are considered to be the smallest migrating bird in the world. They’re lightweight and they don’t have a sense of smell. You may think that these characteristics limit the hummingbird to reach their full potential and to reach new heights.

However, they are actually extremely aggressive when it comes to protecting their territory, and they are very efficient and have good memories. They don’t let their perceived limitations hold them back.

The same is true with us—yes, we all have weaknesses, but that doesn’t mean we’re weak and can’t achieve great things. We should just learn to improve on our weaknesses and know how to capitalize on your strengths.

What have you learned from hummingbirds? Are you curious to see one in real life? Let us know what you think of today’s collection by commenting down below.

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