Beauty, vibrant colors and ceaseless action… well, that’s what you see when you spot a butterfly. However, if you look beyond this external charm, you will also see hope, celebration and transformation and that’s what these fluttering beauties symbolize.
The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower a tethered butterfly.
– Ponce Denis
A butterfly’s grace has inspired artists to paint… the shutterbugs to capture its vibrant colors… and nature enthusiasts are simply delighted to have them around. Another form of art that’s inspired the butterfly way is writing… and here we have plenty of quotes that narrate the butterfly story.
Butterfly has always been my muse in photography, it also happens to be my first macro subject that marked the beginning of my journey into the miniature world of macrobugs. So, here, I’ve composed and compiled some beautiful butterfly quotes that will serve as an inspiration to all of us in more than one way.
Inspirational Butterfly Quotes
✿ A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment, its glory and beauty belong to our world… but then it flies again, and though we wish it could have stayed… we feel lucky to have seen it.
✿ I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. ~ Chuang Tzu
✿ 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
✿ 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
✿ You’ve gotta be a caterpillar before you are a butterfly. Problem is, most people aren’t willing to be a caterpillar.
✿ Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes. ~ Anonymous
✿ To me books on butterflies or baseball are more legitimate in terms of thinking about business strategy issues. ~ Tom Peters
✿ Butterflies are graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable. Butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
✿ Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine. Air and angels…
✿ What would a butterfly quote, on looking in the mirror? It would say, “the adventure was worth it!” ~ Manali Oak
✿ “They say, “Only in dreams men are truly free, What does a butterfly dream about? – It’s already free!” ~ Scholasticus K
✿ Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation. ~ Stephanie Marshall
✿ Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better. ~Movie, A Bug’s Life.
✿ When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and despair and cannot find your way out of the darkness, remember that this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
✿ To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree – after a year and a thousand miles. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie
✿ We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~Maya Angelou
✿ “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” ~ Hans Christian Anderson
✿ I’d be a butterfly born in a bower, where roses and lilies and violets meet.
✿ Butterflies… flowers that fly and all but sing. ~ Robert Frost
✿ 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
Famous Caterpillar Quotes
✿ Don’t quit before the miracle happens.
✿ Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar. ~Bradley Millar
✿ A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, ‘wakes up to reality’ to realize, that truth is not always bitter after all! ~ Manali Oak
✿ “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. Orange Butterfly “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” ~ Trina Paulus
✿ The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. ~ George Carlin
✿ A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. ~ Andre Gide
✿ Miracles come in all shapes and sizes and happen to those who believe.
✿ There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly. ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller
✿ We crush the caterpillars then complain there are no butterflies.
✿ A butterfly says, “The caterpillar-me is history, my metamorphosis, a mystery, and today… today is a present, my struggle gifted me.” ~ Manali Oak
✿ “Although trapped in a cocoon, I told myself, “No cocooning now; it’s time to get out into the open. And I broke out of my small world to enter into the bigger one… phew… I found, the world’s a bigger cocoon. ~ Manali Oak
✿ A great beginning is sometimes at the point of what you thought would be the end of everything. ~ Dodinsky
✿ Butterflies are caterpillars that fight back and come off with ‘flying colors’.
✿ A butterfly is a miracle, a divine creation that fleets, propelling the caterpillar within, an array of predators it cheats!
✿ A caterpillar is a butterfly in disguise!
✿ God bestowed upon nature a beautiful bounty of butterflies only to complete his picture-perfect scape.
A butterfly’s journey where it transforms from a tiny egg to a voracious caterpillar, from pupa to an adult full-grown butterfly is simply awe-inspiring. For me, witnessing and studying these stages in the lifespan of a butterfly has been a magical experience. It’s surprising how this delicate transition survives the odds of nature. I am sure these butterfly quotes have helped you explore a new dimension of these celestial ‘colored petals’!