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cloudsThis is a collection of butterfly quotes and phrases about butterflies or featuring butterfly imagery and symbols. We have collected a huge selection of quotes that you can browse through and enjoy. There are inspirational butterfly quotes, butterfly love quotes and also quotes about life featuring butterflies. I have personally found many of these quotes very useful in my life and I hope you do to. If you have a quote to contribute, please send it in. I would also love to hear from anyone who knows the authors of some of these, currently unauthored, quotes, thanks.

Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.
Love is like a butterfly, hold it too tight, it'll crush. Hold it too loose, it'll fly.


Author Unknown

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.

Author Unknown

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.

Author Unknown

"I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar."

Robert Wyatt

"I'll be floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee."

Muhammad Ali

"The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly."

Richard Bach

"Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves."

Drew Barrymore

"Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly."

Andre Gide

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Nathaniel Hawthorne

"His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly's wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred."

Ernest Hemingway

"And whether this happiness lasted a hundred seconds or ten minutes, it was so far removed from time that it resembled every other genuine happiness as completely as one fluttering blue lycaenid butterfly resembles another."

Herman Hesse

"I did a butterfly show in Berlin, and we had a guy who's an expert on butterflies; who bred them all and who looks after them all in the space."

Damien Hirst

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."

Rabindranath Tagore

"I like - it's not that I want to be someone different from me, but I suppose it partly is that. I love creating a character in a fantastical situation, like Dr. Frankenstein, like Leo Bloom, a little caterpillar who blossoms into a butterfly. I love that."

Gene Wilder

"Butterflies are self propelled flowers."

R.H. Heinlein

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly."

Richard Buckminster Fuller, An American engineer who authored over thirty books and became the second president of Mensa International, a society of people with high IQs.

"They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods."

Edith Wharton

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever."

Carl Sagan

"Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures."

Elizabeth Goudge

"Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him."

Rabindranath Tagore

"Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time."

Deborah Chaskin

"We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure."

Gerald Brenan

"Nerves and butterflies are fine - they're a physical sign that you're mentally ready and eager. You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that's the trick."

Steve Bul

"I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."

Chuang Tzu

"Women, don't get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you're twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor."

Billy Elmer

"This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still."

Joseph Conrad

"The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet."

Paul Erlich

"In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around:Ê a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar."

Anton Chekhov

"And the case of butterflies so rich it looks As if all summer settled there and died."

Philip Larkin

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

Maya Angelou

"Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time."

Deborah Chaskin

"I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man."

Chuang Tzu

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

Anonymous

"A woman is like a butterfly….
If you want her to stay near you, but fly as she should,
you must not brush the dust off her magical wings,
nor control her essence in your hand…
her beauty will be held only by a stillness and purity of heart."


Andrew Hawkes

"A handful of beautiful butterflies
Crushed in a wanting grasp
A handful fluttering in the air
Free to show their beauty and grace
Which is more beautiful?
Grasping to hold? …or to behold?"


Andrew Hawkes

"Butterflies so still behind a pane of glass
Exhibition of beauty or travesty
Though beauty is seen, beauty not felt
It is the pain behind glass I see."


Andrew Hawkes

"If you have the freedom to fly, why not take the scenic route!"

Claire Williams

"If you want to fly, you have to flap your own wings!"

Claire Williams

"Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him."

Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds



"Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There's no better way to fly."

Pat Monahan, Scott Michael Underwood, and James W. Stafford, "Get To Me"



"Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake - as almost all hats are."

Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron, You've Got Mail

"A million butterflies rose up from South America, All together, and flew in a gold storm toward Spain..."

Winfield Townley Scott, "Annual Legend"

"In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar."

Anton Chekhov

"Gray sail against the sky, Gray butterfly! Have you a dream for going. Or are you the blind wind's blowing?"

Dana Burnet, "A Sail at Twilight"

"The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older."

Li Po

"As for butterflies, I can hardly conceive of one's attending upon you; but to question the congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists."

Marianne Moore, "To a Steam Roller"

"We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are. We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them. It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it. Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times."

Friedrich Nietzsche

"We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure."

Gerald Brenan

"Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop."

Vita Sackville-West

"The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows."

P.G. Wodehouse

"Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly."

Andre Gide

"Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring."

Author Unknown

"And what's a butterfly? At best, He's but a caterpillar, at rest."

John Grey

"The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the value of a badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign."

Primo Levi, An Italian writer and chemist who wrote If This Is Man. The book was an account of his expieriences in the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

"I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free."

Charles Dickens, British novelist who wrote during the victorian period. He was born in 1812 and died in 1870. His most notable works include Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."

Hans Christian Anderson, a famous Danish author, most noted for his childrens fairy tales. He was born in 1805 and died in 1875.

"The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity."

George Carlin.

"Happiness does not light gently on my shoulder like a butterfly. She pounces on my lap, demanding that I scratch behind her ears."

Unknown Author.

"It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly's wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world."

Unknown Author.

"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being abutterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"

Unknown Author.

"Love is basically like leaches. They suck until they can't get enough of you. Until you find a catapillar that will turn into thebutterfly that you have wished for all of your life. Then they just spread their wings and fly away."

Unknown Author.

"She was the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting butterfly ever."

Mary Russell Mitford - An English writer born in 1787 and died in 1855.

"When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away."

Anna Pavlova - Russian dancer born in 1882 and died in 1931.

"Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen?"

Dante Alighieri - Italian poet and author, born in 1265 and died in 1321.

"I'd be a butterfly; living a rover, / Dying when fair things are fading away."

Thomas Haynes Bayly - English dramatist and songwriter, born in 1797 and died in 1839.

"Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger."

Sidonie Gabrielle

"Love is like butterfly, beautiful and delicate... If you truly care for it, you'll do whatever you can to make it happy, even if that means letting it go."

Scott Pemberton


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