Friday, February 04, 2011


There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out-carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and god in his heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain….or so says the legend.”
- The Thorn Birds


  1. I have read this before and quite like this quote! Are you reading the book?

  2. so says the legend? have to read it...

  3. reading it, the book is called the thorn birds