Swan Quotations and Quotes J – S plus the Trumpeter Swan
Presented by Twinty Karat
Trumpeter swans are generally found in temperate environments, rarely occurring in the tropics. Several species are migratory, either wholly or partly so. Trumpeter Swans are almost entirely migratory.
Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although small numbers of aquatic animals may be eaten. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants.
Swans form monogamous pair bonds that last for many years, and in some cases these can last for life. The Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator is the largest North American swan. It was hunted almost to extinction but has since recovered.
Just because swans mate for life, I don’t think its that big a deal. First of all, if you’re a swan, you’re probably not going to find a swan that looks much better than the one you’ve got, so why not mate for life?
– Jack Handy
Let beeves and home-bred kine partake The sweets of Burn-mill meadow; The swan on still St Mary’s Lake Float double, swan and shadow! We will not see them; will not go, To-day, nor yet to-morrow; Enough if in our hearts we know There’s such a place asYarrow. BeYarrow stream unseen, unknown; It must, or we shall rue it: We have a vision of our own, Ah! why should we undo it? The treasured dreams of times long past, We’ll keep them, winsome Marrow! For when we’re there, although ’tis fair, ‘Twill be another Yarrow!
– William Wordsworth
Let music sound while he doth make his choice;
Then if he lose he makes a swanlike end, Fading in music.
– William Shakespeare
Let the long contention cease!
Geese are swans, and swans are geese.
– Matthew Arnold
Like some full-breasted swan That, fluting a wild carol ere her death, Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood With swarthy webs.
[Most weeks of most years, the Swans are half-famous and half-anonymous in Sydney, and it suits them. This week, they were suddenly exposed.] I’m sick of seeing my face in the papers and on TV, … After all, I didn’t murder anyone.
– Barry Hall
My soul is an enchanted boat, Which, like a sleeping swan, doth float Upon the silver waves of thy sweet singing.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
Now wakes the hour
Now sleeps the swan
Behold the dream
The dream is gone
– Pink Floyd
People expect the clergy to have the grace of a swan, the friendliness of a sparrow, the strength of an eagle and the night hours of an owl – and some people expect such a bird to live on the food of a canary.
– Edward Jeffrey
Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep, Where nothing save the waves and I May hear our mutual murmurs sweep; There, swan-like, let me sing and die.
– Lord Byron
Prays Nanak, please hear my prayer, You are the pool, and You are the soul-swan. You are the lotus flower of the day and You are the water-lily of the night. You Yourself behold them, and blossom forth in bliss.
– Sri Guru Granth Sahib
Reydell and Swan Lake look like they haven’t fared so well. They haven’t gotten any rain down there.”
– Steve Bays
Some full-breasted swan That, fluting a wild carol ere her death, Ruffles her pure cold plume, and takes the flood With swarthy webs.
– Lord Alfred Tennyson
Sometimes I feel my arm is like a swan’s neck – so weak.
– Maria Sharapova
Swans sing before they die; ’tweren’t a bad thing – Should certain persons die before they sing
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Sweet Swan of Avon! What a sight it were To see thee in our waters yet appear, And make those flights upon the banks of Thames That so did take Eliza, and our James!
– Ben Jonson