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The transformative power of butterflies has inspired many quotes. This page provides a sampling from authors, philosophers, scientists, and lovers of butterflies. Enjoy! For more inspiration, check out our butterfly inspirational stories from visitors >

Just like the butterfly,
I too will awaken in my own time.
Butterflies are nature's angels.
They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.
-Robyn Nola
The butterfly said to the sun,"They can't stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime.
If only they know they can do it at any time and in countless ways."
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.
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How does one become a butterfly?
You have to want to learn to fly so much that you
Are willing to give up being a caterpillar.
Let go of the past
Trust the future
Embrace change
Come out of the cocoon
Unfurl your wings
Dare to get off the ground
Ride the breezes
Savor the flowers
Put on your brightest colors
Let your beauty show.
Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.
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.
-J. Richard Lessor
When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and you cannot find your way out of darkness...
Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
-Necole Stephens
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
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-Exupery, The Little Prince
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
Nature's message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.
-Kjell B. Sandved
Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.
-Stephanie Marshall
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
Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine.
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
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
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