Butterfly Quotes

The transformative power of butterflies has inspired many quotes. This page provides a sampling from authors, philosophers, scientists, and lovers of butterflies. Enjoy!

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

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

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

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

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
And find your shoulder to light on,
To bring you luck, happiness and riches
Today, tomorrow and beyond.
-Irish Blessing

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
-R.H. Heinlein

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
-R.H. Heinlein

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

The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
-Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun

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

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

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

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

Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn't mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.
-Lisa Genova, Still Alice

He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.
-Gemma Malley, The Declaration

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.
-Patch Adams

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, Dear Rockstar

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

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

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

Nature's message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.
-Kjell B. Sandved

I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.
-William Stafford