Butterfly Quotations

I noticed that a lot of people visit the site looking for butterfly quotations, so thought I would collect a few together here… enjoy!

The flower invites the butterfly with no-mind;
The butterfly visits the flower with no-mind.
~ Ryokan

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
~ R. Buckminster Fuller

“Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly. I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself, but I did not know that I was Tzu. Suddenly I awoke, and there was I, visibly Tzu. I do not know whether it was Tzu dreaming that he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming that he was Tzu. Between Tzu and the butterfly there must be some distinction. [But one may be the other.] This is called the transformation of things.”
~ Chuang Tzu

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

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
the master calls a butterfly.
~ Richard Bach

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

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
~Trina Paulus

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

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

More Quotations:
Allspirit Quotations Index

Leave a Reply