Best Butterfly Quotes, Inspiring Sayings

These butterfly quotes from famous authors, philosophers, and poets offer words of hope and inspiration—whether you are seeking inner change or to transform your community.

The sentiments expressed in these words show that positive change can be achieved, just as the caterpillar transitions into a beautiful butterfly.


    Inspirational butterfly quotes

    Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly.
    Barbara Haines Howett

    Keep up your faith to go high and fly, even after so many pains and sorrow. You can turn from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Life gives you a second chance: a call to grow.
    Ana Claudia Antunes

    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.
    Friedrich Nietzsche

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

    Butterflies 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

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

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

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    Butterfly quotes about life

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

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

    A power of Butterfly must be
    The Aptitude to fly
    Meadows of Majesty concedes
    And easy Sweeps of Sky
    Emily Dickinson

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

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

    I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
    Charles Dickens

    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

    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

    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

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    Butterfly sayings about new life

    Nothing ever really goes away, it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.
    Sarah Ockler

    A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, ‘wakes up to reality’ to realize, that truth is not always bitter after all!
    Manali Oak

    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

    The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and — as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis — emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness.
    Annie Besant

    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

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    Butterfly quotes about love

    She is like a butterfly,
    Beautiful to look at
    But hard to catch.
    Nikki Rowe

    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

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

    How to Write a Poem
    Catch the air
    around the butterfly.
    Katerina Stoykova Klemer

    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

    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

    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

    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

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    Butterfly sayings for her and him

    Love is like a 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

    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.
    Alice Hoffman

    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

    A fallen blossom
    returning to the bough, I thought —
    But no, a butterfly.
    Arakida Moritake

    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

    Ballet in the air…
    Twin butterflies until, twice white
    They Meet, they mate

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    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

    Butterflies are God’s confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love.
    K. D’Angelo

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

    Happiness is like a butterfly, the more you chase it, the more it will evade you, but if you notice the other things around you, it will gently come and sit on your shoulder.
    Henry David Thoreau

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

    Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.
    Robert A. Heinlein

    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.
    Trina Paulus

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

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

    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

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    Butterfly quotes for kids

    We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.
    LeeAnn Taylor

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

    If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies.
    Wendy Mass

    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

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

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

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

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

    Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
    Necole Stephens

    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

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    Butterfly quotes about change

    Change can be beautiful; butterflies are the greatest proof of this.
    Matshona Dhliwayo

    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

    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 knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways.”

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

    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

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


    Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next.
    Louie Schwartzberg

    Forgetting… is a beautiful thing. When you forget, you remake yourself… For a caterpillar to become a butterfly, it must forget it was a caterpillar at all. Then it will be as if the caterpillar never was & there was only ever a butterfly.
    Robert Jackson Bennett

    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.

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

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

    Famous butterfly quotes

    Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
    Muhammad Ali

    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

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

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

    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

    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

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

    Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
    Andre Gide

    Famous butterfly song lyrics

    You’re a butterfly
    And butterflies are free to fly
    Fly away
    High away
    Bye bye
    Elton John, “Someone Saved My Life Tonight”

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    By Greg Johnson | Published 6/1/2020