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- It is better to fall in with crows than with flatterers; for in the one case you are devoured when dead, in the other case while alive.
- Crows are the central bird in many mythologies. The crow is at every extreme, lives on every piece of land on earth, the most intelligent bird.
- 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, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), The Poet's Tale, Birds of Killingworth, Stanza 19.
- "As the crow flies"—a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line.
- William Henry Maule, J., Stokes v. Grissell (1854), 23 L. J. Rep. Part 7 (N. S.), Com. PL 144.
- So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows.
- Light thickens; and the crow
Makes wing to the rooky wood.
- The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark
When neither is attended.
- As the many-winter'd crow that leads the clanging rookery home.
- To shoot at crows is powder flung away.
- John Gay, Epistle IV, Last line; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152.
- Only last night he felt deadly sick, and, after a great deal of pain, two black crows flew out of his mouth and took wing from the room.
- Gesta Romanorum, Tale XLV; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 152.