149 Beautiful Butterfly Quotes

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If ever a creature represented change, it’s the butterfly, and we could all learn a few lessons from this gentle, beautiful insect as it moves through the various stages of life. There’s something so magical about the way their colorful wings carry them weightlessly through the air, and that weightlessness can be looked upon as a wonderful metaphor for carrying – or not – the burdens we weigh ourselves down with.

The subject of poems and painting alike, this delicate creature has inspired many to create beautiful works of art, but the most beautiful of all is the work in progress that is us. Read through these beautiful butterfly quotes to see just how we can compare ourselves to this fragile yet incredibly strong insect, and what we can learn from its short, colorful life as it transforms from a plain caterpillar to a stunning mosaic of beauty.

Butterflies only live for an average of 4 weeks – some longer and some shorter – but they pack so much color and travel into their fleeting existence that they make every second count. Work your way through this list of butterfly quotes, and you will begin to see how you can metamorphosize yourself into whatever you want to be, without the weight of the expectations of others sitting heavily on your shoulders.

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Butterfly Quotes

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

“Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There’s no better way to fly.” – Train, “Get To Me”

The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley.

“The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley.” – K. D’Angelo

As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.

“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Story is a butterfly whose wings transport us to another world where we receive gifts that change who we are and who we want to be.

“Story is a butterfly whose wings transport us to another world where we receive gifts that change who we are and who we want to be.” – Harley King

If there is one creature that represents my essence, it’s butterflies.

“If there is one creature that represents my essence, it’s butterflies.” – Patricia Velasquez

…Nine butterflies appear within an hour, not on the wing but in the word, bringing a message of transformation and hope.

“…Nine butterflies appear within an hour, not on the wing but in the word, bringing a message of transformation and hope.” – Carol Lynn Pearson

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Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don’t (…) Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That’s me and my memories.

“Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don’t (…) Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That’s me and my memories.” – Douglas Coupland

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

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore

They can’t stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime. If only they knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways.

“They can’t stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime. If only they knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways.” – Dodinsky

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.” – LeeAnn Taylor

Let us find inner freedom in each lucky moment that we encounter, like a sun-basking butterfly that finds peace on a cherry blossom petal.

“Let us find inner freedom in each lucky moment that we encounter, like a sun-basking butterfly that finds peace on a cherry blossom petal.” – Erik Pevernagie

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.

“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

You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.

“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Trina Paulus

Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.

“Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.” – Unknown

Butterfly upon my hand, A voice of wonder within my mind, not my own but the butterfly’s.

“Butterfly upon my hand, A voice of wonder within my mind, not my own but the butterfly’s.” – Jazz Feylynn

Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.

“Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.” – Federico Garcia Lorca

Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.

“Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.” – George Sand

You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry.

“You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry.” – Melody Lee

Butterflies are nature’s angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.

“Butterflies are nature’s angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.” – Robyn Nola

I have grown up on a diet of sunrise picnics, learning the names of butterflies, planting trees.

“I have grown up on a diet of sunrise picnics, learning the names of butterflies, planting trees.” – Dia Marza

Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.

“Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.” – Naya Rivera

Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who’ve been in love with the wrong man too often.

“Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who’ve been in love with the wrong man too often.” – Alice Hoffman

We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning its life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly.

“We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning its life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly.” – Heather Wolf, Kipnuk the Talking Dog

My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly. ― Jean

“My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly. ― Jean” – Dominique Bauby

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

“The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.” – Paul Erlich

Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.

“Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.” – Author Unknown

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

“I’d be a butterfly; living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away.” – Thomas Haynes Bayly

If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.

“If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.” – Howard Schultz

Nature was one of the key forces that brought me back to God, for I wanted to know the Artist responsible for beauty such as I saw on grand scale in photos from space telescopes or on minute scale such as in the intricate designs on a butterfly wing.

“Nature was one of the key forces that brought me back to God, for I wanted to know the Artist responsible for beauty such as I saw on grand scale in photos from space telescopes or on minute scale such as in the intricate designs on a butterfly wing.” – Philip Yancey

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

“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

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

“Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen?” – Dante Alighieri

Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger.

“Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

A flower knows, when its butterfly will return, and if the moon walks out, the sky will understand; but now it hurts, to watch you leave so soon, when I don’t know, if you will ever come back.

“A flower knows, when its butterfly will return, and if the moon walks out, the sky will understand; but now it hurts, to watch you leave so soon, when I don’t know, if you will ever come back.” – Sanober Khan

Of all the butterflies that chose to stay, I’m in love with the one that got away.

“Of all the butterflies that chose to stay, I’m in love with the one that got away.” – Laura Miller

I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one – like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.

“I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one – like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.” – Gillian Flynn

Soar up high with the beauty and grace of a butterfly.

“Soar up high with the beauty and grace of a butterfly.” – Unknown

Doing voiceovers is so great because even though many people would think it’s just your voice, you really do use all your physicality. I’ve done everything from playing a butterfly to Alice in Wonderland when she’s 10 feet tall, so it allows you to be an actor and build new characters.

“Doing voiceovers is so great because even though many people would think it’s just your voice, you really do use all your physicality. I’ve done everything from playing a butterfly to Alice in Wonderland when she’s 10 feet tall, so it allows you to be an actor and build new characters.” – Ashley Bell

What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?

“What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?” – Roy Rogers

When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies.

“When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies.” – Kelseyleigh Reber

I welcome all butterflies into my heart because that feeling is a constant reminder of how alive and full of love I truly am.

“I welcome all butterflies into my heart because that feeling is a constant reminder of how alive and full of love I truly am.” – Karen A. Baquiran

Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home.

“Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home.” – Emme Rollins

You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.

“You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” – Rupi Kaur

Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you CAN fly.

“Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you CAN fly.” – Zeenat Aman

We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can’t see the stars at night.

“We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can’t see the stars at night.” – Thomas Berry

The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.

“The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.” – Matshona Dhliwayo

The power of Butterfly must be, the Aptitude to fly, meadows of majesty concedes, and easy sweeps of sky.

“The power of Butterfly must be, the Aptitude to fly, meadows of majesty concedes, and easy sweeps of sky.” – Emily Dickinson

Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness.

“Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness.” – John Muir

Since when does the butterfly ask about the caterpillar?

“Since when does the butterfly ask about the caterpillar?” – Cornelia Funke

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

“We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” – Carl Sagan

When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.

“When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.” – Dean Jackson

Just when the caterpillar thought I am incapable of moving, it became a butterfly.

“Just when the caterpillar thought I am incapable of moving, it became a butterfly.” – Annette Thomas

The possibilities for immortality are endless. Here you sit reading these words, a butterfly resting on a flower!

“The possibilities for immortality are endless. Here you sit reading these words, a butterfly resting on a flower!” – Frederick Lenz

It’s the butterflies in our bellies, and the lightening in our eyes that tells me this all makes so much fucking sense.

“It’s the butterflies in our bellies, and the lightening in our eyes that tells me this all makes so much fucking sense.” – LeAnne Mechelle

I don’t really go out partying, but I’m definitely a social butterfly.

“I don’t really go out partying, but I’m definitely a social butterfly.” – Eliza Doolittle

Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average lifespan is a mere five to fourteen days.

“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average lifespan is a mere five to fourteen days.” – Ellen DeGeneres

When I was a cute little caterpillar, you loved me. So I became a butterfly so you would never leave.

“When I was a cute little caterpillar, you loved me. So I became a butterfly so you would never leave.” – Crystal Woods

Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn’t look anything like a butterfly.

“Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn’t look anything like a butterfly.” – Lynn Margulis

Beauty is where the beheld butterfly disappears from sight.

“Beauty is where the beheld butterfly disappears from sight.” – R.H. Peat

Failure is like a caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly.

“Failure is like a caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly.” – Peta Kelly

When I was 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.

“When I was 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

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

“Just living is not enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul.

“Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul.” – K. D’Angelo

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

“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” – George Carlin

The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth.

“The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth.” – Eileen Granfors

Butterflies are the most beautiful creatures ever. They should call them beautiflies, don’t you think?

“Butterflies are the most beautiful creatures ever. They should call them beautiflies, don’t you think?” – Richelle E. Goodrich

And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.

“And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

You can only chase a butterfly for so long.

“You can only chase a butterfly for so long.” – Jane Yolen

Life without pain is a life spent in a cocoon. You gotta break the cocoon to experience your beauty.

“Life without pain is a life spent in a cocoon. You gotta break the cocoon to experience your beauty.” – Shubhi

Butterflies are nature’s tragic heroes. They live most of their lives being completely ordinary. And then, one day, the unexpected happens. They burst from their cocoons in a blaze of colors and become utterly extraordinary. It is the shortest phase of their lives, but it holds the greatest importance. It shows us how empowering change can be.

“Butterflies are nature’s tragic heroes. They live most of their lives being completely ordinary. And then, one day, the unexpected happens. They burst from their cocoons in a blaze of colors and become utterly extraordinary. It is the shortest phase of their lives, but it holds the greatest importance. It shows us how empowering change can be.” – Kelseyleigh Reber

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

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

Take time to be a butterfly.

“Take time to be a butterfly.” – Gillian Duce, The Winning Game (Magic and Mayhem #2)

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

“A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” – André Gide

For when ideas flutter in haze, we collaborate without notice and collect them as butterflies only to set them free into the world.

“For when ideas flutter in haze, we collaborate without notice and collect them as butterflies only to set them free into the world.” – Shawn Lukas

Just living isn’t enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.

“Just living isn’t enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Anderson

Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.

“Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.” – Unknown

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

“Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There’s no better way to fly.” – Patrick Monahan

The butterfly does not count the months of its life but rather it counts the moments and yet all the time it has is still enough.

“The butterfly does not count the months of its life but rather it counts the moments and yet all the time it has is still enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore

​When I was a girl, I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched.

“​When I was a girl, I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched.” – ​Carin, Patch Adams

Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.

“Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.” – Kjell B. Sandved

The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly.

“The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly.” – Ponce Denis

Somebody like Bowie was so interesting because when you got him off stage, he was like a businessman. But on stage, he was just dazzling. It was like watching butterflies grow.

“Somebody like Bowie was so interesting because when you got him off stage, he was like a businessman. But on stage, he was just dazzling. It was like watching butterflies grow.” – D.A. Pennebaker

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 a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?

“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 a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?” – Chuang Tzu

Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.

“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Butterflies love to be out in the sunshine, just like people. You can look for them on warm, bright sunny days.

“Butterflies love to be out in the sunshine, just like people. You can look for them on warm, bright sunny days.” – John Woodward

With the rose the butterfly’s deep in love, A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold, The sun’s sweet ray is hovering found.

“With the rose the butterfly’s deep in love, A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold, The sun’s sweet ray is hovering found.” – Heinrich Heine

I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.” – John Keats

Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season.

“Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season.” – Philip Pullman

It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.

“It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That again is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.” – Ram Dass

A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed.

“A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed.” – Lisa Kleypas

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

“Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.” – Vladimir Nabokov

He was comparing you to the butterflies that you both adore and cherish, and he said you were special for the same reasons: you were rare, exotic and entirely you. He said you’re beautiful exactly the way are now.

“He was comparing you to the butterflies that you both adore and cherish, and he said you were special for the same reasons: you were rare, exotic and entirely you. He said you’re beautiful exactly the way are now.” – Cecelia Ahern

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.

“Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” – R.H. Heinlein

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

“They seemed to suddenly come upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in a winter wood.” – Edith Wharton

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.

“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.” – Author Unknown

Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.

“Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.” – Mario Quintana

Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine.

“Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine.” – Unknown

The butterflies…What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss.

“The butterflies…What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss.” – Phil Robinson

A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.

“A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” – Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.

“Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.” – Cornelia Funke

Americans consider the butterfly a symbol of good fortune and some tribes believe they bring the blessing of sleep and peaceful dreams.

“Americans consider the butterfly a symbol of good fortune and some tribes believe they bring the blessing of sleep and peaceful dreams.” – Tom Frost

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.

“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

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau

Thou cannot harm a butterfly, without troubling a star.

“Thou cannot harm a butterfly, without troubling a star.” – Madeleine L’Engle

Oh, gross. Your stomach is full of butterfly barf!

“Oh, gross. Your stomach is full of butterfly barf!” – Laini Taylor

The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It’s very heavenly.

“The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It’s very heavenly.” – Louie Schwatzberg

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. – Antoine de Saint

“Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. – Antoine de Saint” – Exupery

Self-realization is a strange term. You don’t actually realize yourself. If anything, you go away. The caterpillar enters the cocoon of meditation: A butterfly emerges, metamorphosis.

“Self-realization is a strange term. You don’t actually realize yourself. If anything, you go away. The caterpillar enters the cocoon of meditation: A butterfly emerges, metamorphosis.” – Frederick Lindemann

Alongside the practical thought something else struggled and, like an escaped butterfly, took wing: the assurance of something wonderful awaiting her. Just around the corner.

“Alongside the practical thought something else struggled and, like an escaped butterfly, took wing: the assurance of something wonderful awaiting her. Just around the corner.” – Norah Lofts

The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. It seems we too must go through such a time, when life as we have known it is over- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. And though we must make the journey alone, and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough we will become a butterfly, soon enough we will taste the rapture of being alive.

“The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. It seems we too must go through such a time, when life as we have known it is over- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. And though we must make the journey alone, and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough we will become a butterfly, soon enough we will taste the rapture of being alive.” – Elizabeth Lesser

Catching butterflies won’t give you a taste of freedom but the knowledge that weights are not carried in wings.

“Catching butterflies won’t give you a taste of freedom but the knowledge that weights are not carried in wings.” – Goitsemang Mvula

The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.

“The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.” – Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebru

Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing, said the Butterfly.

“Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing, said the Butterfly.” – Sabrina Newby

This flesh in which we live is nothing more than a cocoon, and only when we step out of it do we truly begin to live.

“This flesh in which we live is nothing more than a cocoon, and only when we step out of it do we truly begin to live.” – Nancy Stephan

A butterfly is a miracle, a divine creation that fleets, propelling the caterpillar within, an array of predators it cheats.

“A butterfly is a miracle, a divine creation that fleets, propelling the caterpillar within, an array of predators it cheats.” – Unknown

When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.

“When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.” – Wilma Rudolph

It is all too common for caterpillars to become butterflies and then to maintain that in their youth they had been little butterflies. Maturation makes us all.

“It is all too common for caterpillars to become butterflies and then to maintain that in their youth they had been little butterflies. Maturation makes us all.” – George Vaillant

When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly.

“When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.

“Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” – Jeffrey Glassberg

She is like a butterfly; beautiful to look at but hard to catch.

“She is like a butterfly; beautiful to look at but hard to catch.” – Nikki Rowe

Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved.

“Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved.” – M.F. Moonzajer

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

“Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.” – Deborah Chaskin

The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.

“The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.” – Janet Dickens

Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better.

“Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better.” – Unknown

Butterflies used to reproduce on the native plants that grew in our yards before the plants were bulldozed and replaced with lawn. To have butterflies in our future, we need to replace those lost host plants, no if’s, and’s or but’s. If we do not, butterfly populations will continue to decline with every new house that is built.

“Butterflies used to reproduce on the native plants that grew in our yards before the plants were bulldozed and replaced with lawn. To have butterflies in our future, we need to replace those lost host plants, no if’s, and’s or but’s. If we do not, butterfly populations will continue to decline with every new house that is built.” – Douglas Tallamy

If you smile when you see a butterfly, you have happiness in your soul.

“If you smile when you see a butterfly, you have happiness in your soul.” – Diana Cooper

Butterflies are not called butterflies overnight. They have to undergo tons of changes in order to acquire that name.

“Butterflies are not called butterflies overnight. They have to undergo tons of changes in order to acquire that name.” – Michael Bassey Johnson

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” – Richard Bach

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” – Muhammad Ali

Just because [butterflies’] lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic… See, they have a beautiful life.

“Just because [butterflies’] lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic… See, they have a beautiful life.” – Lisa Genova

The term ‘breakout’ always makes me think of an inmate or some butterfly emerging out of a cocoon.

“The term ‘breakout’ always makes me think of an inmate or some butterfly emerging out of a cocoon.” – Tessa Thompson

Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic.

“Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic.” – Ana Gerhard

A caterpillar is a butterfly in disguise.

“A caterpillar is a butterfly in disguise.” – Unknown

In mythology throughout the world, the butterfly represents the soul and its journey in this life and the next.

“In mythology throughout the world, the butterfly represents the soul and its journey in this life and the next.” – Tom Frost

The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on.

“The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on.” – Guillermo del Toro

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly off into the future.

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly off into the future.” – Eric Carle

A butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.

“A butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.” – Marlene Van Niekerk

Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.

“Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.” – Stephanie Marshall

Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight.

“Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight.” – Gloria B. Schlaepfer

I am a believer of the butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos.

“I am a believer of the butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos.” – Amit Ray

Without butterflies, the world would soon have few flowers. There is enough room in the sky for all flyers.

“Without butterflies, the world would soon have few flowers. There is enough room in the sky for all flyers.” – Trina Paulus

Butterflies…flowers that fly and all but sing.

“Butterflies…flowers that fly and all but sing.” – Robert Frost

His Nana’s prayers were moving toward his mother like little butterflies of thoughts wrapped in the most beautiful colors. Each prayer looked like a mini-rainbow.

“His Nana’s prayers were moving toward his mother like little butterflies of thoughts wrapped in the most beautiful colors. Each prayer looked like a mini-rainbow.” – H. L. Balcomb

When, within our souls and psyches we are made aware of a safe but insistent drum beat, repeated like butterfly wings in motion, we sense the message…that our inner self has begun its search for freedom.

“When, within our souls and psyches we are made aware of a safe but insistent drum beat, repeated like butterfly wings in motion, we sense the message…that our inner self has begun its search for freedom.” – Mary Meeker

Be like a butterfly and a flower—beautiful and sought after, yet unassuming and gentle.

“Be like a butterfly and a flower—beautiful and sought after, yet unassuming and gentle.” – Jarod Kintz

Caterpillars can fly, if they just lighten up.

“Caterpillars can fly, if they just lighten up.” – Scott J. Simmerman Ph.D.

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.

“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.” – Zhuangzi

A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all.

“A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all.” – Patrick Rothfuss

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” – R.H. Heinlein

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