Peacock Quotes & Sayings

“How come it can’t fly no better than a chicken?’ Milkman asked.

Too much tail. All that jewelry weighs it down. Like vanity. Can’t nobody fly with all that [stuff]. Wanna fly, you got to give up the [stuff] that weighs you down.’

The peacock jumped onto the hood of the Buick and once more spread its tail, sending the flashy Buick into oblivion.” – Toni Morrison

“We ask ourselves all kinds of questions, such as why does a peacock have such beautiful feathers, and we may answer that he needs the feathers to impress a female peacock, but then we ask ourselves, and why is there a peacock? And then we ask, why is there anything living? And then we ask, why is there anything at all? And if you tell some advocate of scientism that the answer is a secret, he will go white hot and write a book. But it is a secret. And the experience of living with the secret and thinking about it is in itself a kind of faith.” – Vaclav Havel
“The Italians are fond of red clothes, peacock plumes, and embroidery; and I remember one rainy morning in the city of Palermo, the street was ablaze with scarlet umbrellas.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Men’s clothes are becoming kind of mod. They’re becoming more colorful and more flamboyant, and the male peacock is beginning to show his true plumage.” – Liberace
“Ruin, weariness, death, perpetually death, stand grimly to confront the other presence of Elizabethan drama which is life: life compact of frigates, fir trees and ivory, of dolphins and the juice of July flowers, of the milk of unicorns and panthers’ breath, of ropes of pearl, brains of peacocks and Cretan wine.” – Virginia Woolf
“An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: look at the peacock; it’s beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth… Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them.” – Pope Francis
If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“People are crying up the rich and variegated plumage of the peacock, and he is himself blushing at the sight of his ugly feet.” – Saadi
“To Paradise, the Arabs say, Satan could never find the way until the peacock led him in.” – Charles Godfrey Leland
“She is a peacock in everything but beauty.” – Oscar Wilde
“Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.” – Van Wyck Brooks
“There are eight different breeds of peacock. I have them all.” – Bidzina Ivanishvili
“At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.” – Baltasar Gracian
“Turkeys are peacocks that have really let themselves go.” – Kristen Schaal

If you hold this
Dazzling emerald
Up to the sky,
It will shine a billion
Beautiful miracles
Painted from the tears
Of the Most High.
Plucked from the lush gardens
Of a yellowish-green paradise,
Look inside this hypnotic gem
And a kaleidoscope of
Sights and colors
Will tease and seduce
Your eyes and mind.

Tell me, sir.
Have you ever heard
A peacock sing?
Hold your ear
To this mystical stone
And you will hear
Sacred hymns flowing
To the vibrations
Of the perfumed
– Suzy Kassem

“Be like a peacock and dance with all of your beauty.” – Debasish Mridha
“It was strapless, the bodice peacock-blue and edged in gold, full skirted at the front and gathered into an elaborate, foaming bustle of satin and peacock feathers at the back. I insisted that every inch of bare skin was powdered with gold: my shoulders, décolletage, and the lower part of my face. The golden mask would cover my eye, and my lips were painted with more gold. I carried a golden fan that, when it was opened, revealed hundreds of eyes and looked exactly like a peacock’s tail.” – Rhiannon Hart
“The sparrow is sorry for the peacock at the burden of its tail.” – Amitendranath Tagore
“I shall always remember how the peacocks’ tails shimmered when the moon rose amongst the tall trees, and on the shady bank the emerging mermaids gleamed fresh and silvery amongst the rocks…” – Hermann Hesse
“Fancy feathers make peacocks, but you pluck them and see what’s left.” – Catherine Cookson
“Losing from Champion is not that much

As Winning from Champion is,
– Fahad Rashiq

“The pride of the peacock is the glory of God. The lust of the goat is the bounty of God. The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God. The nakedness of woman is the work of God.” – William Blake
“I do not believe that any peacock envies another peacock his tail, because every peacock is persuaded that his own tail is the finest in the world. The consequence of this is that peacocks are peaceable birds.” – John Ruskin
“And that’s how the Peacock saved the Chameleon.” – Ally Carter
“Peacocks have the bright feathers. Fish have the long tails. Women have the mall.” – Janette Rallison
“British men are peacocks. You see a lot more style on the streets here than you see anywhere else, on every level.” – Tom Ford
“Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you.” – Herman Melville

Peacock Proverbs

“Sparrows who emulate peacocks are likely to break a thigh.” – Burmese Proverb
“Peacock, look at your legs.” – German Proverb
“What the peacock has too little on his head, he has too much on his tail.” – German Proverb
“No peacock envies another peacock his tail.” – Latin Proverb
“Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.” – Arab Proverb
“Brighter than a peacock.” – Arabic Proverb
“The bachelor is a peacock, the engaged man a lion, and the married man a jackass.” – German Proverb
“The tulip is, among flowers, what the peacock is among birds. A tulip lacks scent, a peacock has an unpleasant voice. The one takes pride in its garb, the other in its tail.” – French Proverb
“The peacock hath fair feathers, but a foul voice.” – Chinese Proverb

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