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.

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Inspirational butterfly quotes

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

2.) 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 change: a call to grow.     
– Ana Claudia Antunes

3.) 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

4.) …a butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.
– Marlene Van Niekerk

5.) 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

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Butterfly quotes about life

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butterfly sayings about death

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

13.) But on paper, things can live forever. 
On paper, a butterfly 
never dies.
– Jacqueline Woodson

14.) Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. 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

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Butterfly quotes about love

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

16.) 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

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

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

19.) 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

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Butterfly sayings for her and him

20.) 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

21.) 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

22.) 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

23.) 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

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

25.) 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

26.) Ballet in the air…
Twin butterflies until, twice white
They Meet, they mate
– Bashō

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Butterfly quotes for mom and Mother’s Day

27.) 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

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

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

30.) 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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31.) The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
– George Carlin

32.) Butterflies are self propelled flowers.
– Robert A. Heinlein

33.) 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

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

35.) 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

36.) We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.
– LeeAnn Taylor

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

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

39.) 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

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

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

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Butterfly quotes about change

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

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

44.) 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.”
– Dodinsky

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

46.) 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

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

48.) 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

49.) 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


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