Not quite birds as they were not

[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

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

With the rose butterflys deep in love

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

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

Women dont get a tattoo that butterfly

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

May the wings of butterfly kiss sun

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

Once i read a story about butterfly

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 butterfly in

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

We delight in the beauty of butterfly

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.  ~Author UnknownnotMayaAngelou, mar2011email

Nerves and butterflies are fine theyre

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

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 tulip and the butterfly appear in

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.
~Isaac WattsOPV

As for butterflies i can hardly conceive

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"