Swan Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old swan quotes, swan sayings, and swan proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

swans ... always look as though they'd just been reading their own fan-mail. Jan Struther
When turkeys mate they think of swans. Johnny Carson
Swans live wherever there is water, and leave the place where water dries up; let not a man act so - and comes and goes as he pleases. Chanakya
Swans sing before they die - 'twere no bad thing should certain persons die before they sing. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Swan flocks of lilies shoreward lying, In sweetness, not in music, dying. John Greenleaf Whittier
The swan murmurs sweet strains with a flattering tongue, itself the singer of its own dirge. Martial
Even if you enter the dirty water, stay neat like a white swan! Mehmet Murat ildan
There's a double beauty whenever a swan Swims on a lake with her double thereon. Thomas Hood
Those who awaken never rest in one place. Like swans, they rise and leave the lake. On the air they rise and fly an invisible course. Their food is knowledge. They live on emptiness. They have seen how to break free. Who can follow them? Gautama Buddha
The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood. Heinrich Heine
It is best to live with honor for just a day than with dishonor for many decades; better a short lived celestial swan than a century-lived crow. Sathya Sai Baba
If you're looking for monogamy, you'd better marry a swan. Nora Ephron
The swan who goes on living in its parents' tree will die; this is why those who are beautiful and talented bear the burden of finding their own way in the world. Arthur Golden
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg. Hans Christian Andersen
His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan. To be born in a duck's nest, in a farmyard, is of no consequence to a bird, if it is hatched from a swan's egg. Hans Christian Andersen
And swans seem whiter if swart crowes be by. Guillaume De Salluste Du Bartas
Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures. With really ugly temperaments. Michael Gira
Swans in the winter air A white perfection have W. H. Auden
No amount of observations of white swans can allow the inference that all swans are white, but the observation of a single black swan is sufficient to refute that conclusion. David Hume
But calm, white calm, was born into a swan. Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth