Could it be that wisdom appears on earth as a raven, drawn by the faint smell of carrion?
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 67, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "The Problem of Socrates," section 1 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
The raven is my talisman.... Death is my talisman, Mr. Chapman. The one indestructible force. The one certain thing in an uncertain universe. Death.
(David Boehm, and Louis Friedlander. Dr. Richard Vollin (Bela Lugosi), The Raven, near the beginning of the movie (1935).
Suggested by the Edgar Allan Poe story; the director is better known as Lew Landers.)
Asceticism is the right way of thinking for those who have to extirpate their sensual drives because they are ravening beasts of prey. But only for those!
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 234, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Dawn, "Fourth Book," aphorism 331, "Rights and Limits," (1881).)
In some of those dense fir and spruce woods there is hardly room for the smoke to go up. The trees are a standing night, and every fir and spruce which you fell is a plume plucked from night's raven wing.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 303, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore."
(Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. poet. The Raven (l. 44-47). . .
Complete Poems and Selected Essays [Edgar Allan Poe]. Richard Gray, ed. (1993) Everyman.)
Thriftless ambition, that will raven up
Thine own life's means!
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Ross, in Macbeth, act 2, sc. 4, l. 28-9.
Supposing Duncan's sons have killed their father, and hence their means of subsistence; "raven up" means devour greedily.)