Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are. ~Nikolaus Laszlo, Nora Ephron, and Delia Ephron, You’ve Got Mail
I saw a poet chase a butterfly in a meadow. He put his net on a bench where a boy sat reading a book. It’s a misfortune that it is usually the other way round. ~Karl Kraus
And what’s a butterfly? At best,
He’s but a caterpillar, at rest.
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~Richard Bach
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~Author UnknownnotMayaAngelou, mar2011email
Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. ~Author Unknown
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.
Nerves and butterflies are fine – they’re a physical sign that you’re mentally ready and eager. You have to get the butterflies to fly in formation, that’s the trick. ~Steve Bull, quoted in The Times, 9 Oct 1999; CDC
In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar. ~Anton Chekhov
The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun
The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet. ~Paul Erlich
The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
The green grass and the happy skies
court the fluttering butterflies. ~Terri Guillemets
As for butterflies, I can hardly conceive of one’s attending upon you; but to question the congruence of the complement is vain, if it exists. ~Marianne Moore, "To a Steam Roller"
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever. ~Carl Sagan
Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time. ~Deborah Chaskin
[N]ot quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures. ~Elizabeth Goudge
Do ye not comprehend that we are worms,
Born to bring forth the angelic butterfly
That flieth unto judgment without screen?
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the West garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. ~Charles Dickens
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, "New Spring"
Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from FrenchNA
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. ~Richard Buckminster Fuller
Women, don’t get a tattoo. That butterfly looks great on your breast when you’re twenty or thirty, but when you get to seventy, it stretches into a condor. ~Billy Elmer
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown