It is impossible to imagine anything so lovely as these little Humming Birds, their variety and the extraordinary brilliancy of their colours.
Queen Victoria, 1851
They poise themselves in the air, we hear not the humming of the wings, but we can almost fancy there is a voice in that beauty
As our bodies are mostly made of water, I’d rather be hungry than thirsty. And as love is mostly made up of sugar water, I’d rather be a hummingbird caged in your heart.
I have wasted my life with mineralogy, which has led to nothing. Had I devoted myself to birds, their life and plumage, I might have produced something myself worth doing. If I could only have seen a humming-bird fly, it would have been an epoch in my life.