brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytimePhoto Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

Welcome to our collection of beautiful butterfly quotes for you to ponder and share. Enjoy, and wishing you a perfect day!

quote by Mario Quintana: Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come. with background image: butterfly perched on petaled flower
Background Photo: Ray Hennessy

Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.

--Mario Quintana
quote by Ana Gerhard: Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic. with background image: butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Background Photo: Pırıl Osmanoğlu

Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic.

--Ana Gerhard
quote by Kjell Bloch Sandved: Nature's message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies. with background image: tiger swallowtail butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Joshua J. Cotten

Nature's message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.

--Kjell Bloch Sandved
quote by Patrick Monahan: Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There's no better way to fly. with background image: brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Background Photo: Aaron Burden

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

--Patrick Monahan

quote by Claire Williams: If you have the freedom to fly, why not take the scenic route! with background image: brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Sagar Kulkarni

If you have the freedom to fly, why not take the scenic route!

--Claire Williams
quote by Juliette Adam: Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Death is the opening of a more subtle life. In the flower, it sets free the perfume; in the chrysalis, the butterfly; in man, the soul.

--Juliette Adam
quote by Tricia Stirling: The struggle to leave the cocoon is what strengthens the butterfly's wings so she can fly. I am about to become something beautiful. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

The struggle to leave the cocoon is what strengthens the butterfly's wings so she can fly. I am about to become something beautiful.

--Tricia Stirling

quote by R. H. Peat: Beauty is where the beheld butterfly 
disappears from sight. with background image: butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Background Photo: Pırıl Osmanoğlu

Beauty is where the beheld butterfly
disappears from sight.

--R.H. Peat

quote by Deborah Chaskin: Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time. with background image: brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Background Photo: J. Balla Photography

Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.

--Deborah Chaskin

quote by Cooper Edens: If you have butterflies in your stomach ask them into your heart. with background image: butterfly on leaf
Background Photo: Ana Martinuzzi

If you have butterflies in your stomach ask them into your heart.

--Cooper Edens
quote by Stephanie Pace Marshall: Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.

--Stephanie Pace Marshall
quote by Annette Thomas: Just when the caterpillar thought I am incapable of moving, it became a butterfly. with background image: yellow butterfly on pink flowers
Background Photo: Dulcey Lima

Just when the caterpillar thought I am incapable of moving, it became a butterfly.

--Annette Thomas
quote by Srinidhi. R: God begins to paint the clouds in the eastern sky when the mountains butterflies come flying home. with background image: black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Joshua J. Cotten

God begins to paint the clouds in the eastern sky when the mountains butterflies come flying home.

--Srinidhi.R
quote by Amy Lowell: Oh! To be a butterfly Still, upon a flower, Winking with its painted wings, Happy in the hour. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

Oh! To be a butterfly Still, upon a flower, Winking with its painted wings, Happy in the hour.

--Amy Lowell
quote by Andre Gide: A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. with background image: brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Background Photo: J. Balla Photography

A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

--Andre Gide
quote by Anne Lamott: Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Anne Lamott: Butterflies were wind energy made visible. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Butterflies were wind energy made visible.

--Anne Lamott
quote by Annie Besant: Nature is always lavish of her gifts even to the most insignificant forms. The butterflies and moths are richly dowered in this respect. with background image: photo of author Annie Besant with quote

Nature is always lavish of her gifts even to the most insignificant forms. The butterflies and moths are richly dowered in this respect.

--Annie Besant
quote by Anonymous: My thoughts are like butterflies. They are beautiful, but they fly away. with background image: blue butterfly sticker lot
Background Photo: __ drz __

My thoughts are like butterflies. They are beautiful, but they fly away.

--Anonymous
quote by Anonymous: Just when the butterfly thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. with background image: brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Sagar Kulkarni

Just when the butterfly thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

--Anonymous
quote by Dante Alighieri: Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen? with background image: brown butterfly
Background Photo: Chan Nyein

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

--Dante Alighieri
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: When I see a dancing butterfly, 
When I see a half blooming flower,
Their eager wish to make this world happy,
My mind dances with joy,
My soul emerges in happiness. with background image: photo of author Debasish Mridha, MD with quote

When I see a dancing butterfly,
When I see a half blooming flower,
Their eager wish to make this world happy,
My mind dances with joy,
My soul emerges in happiness.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Debasish Mridha, MD: A butterfly is a flying flower with dancing heart. with background image: red and multicolored butterfly perch on yellow petaled flower
Background Photo: Krzysztof Niewolny

A butterfly is a flying flower with dancing heart.

--Debasish Mridha, MD
quote by Deborah Harkness: If the butterfly wings its way to the sweet light that attracts it, it's only because it doesn't know that the fire can consume it. with background image: photo of author Deborah Harkness with quote

If the butterfly wings its way to the sweet light that attracts it, it's only because it doesn't know that the fire can consume it.

--Deborah Harkness

quote by Drew Barrymore: I've always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it's never too late to transform ourselves. with background image: black and white papilio butterfly
Background Photo: Boris Smokrovic

I've always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it's never too late to transform ourselves.

--Drew Barrymore
quote by Drew Barrymore: Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves. with background image: photo of author Drew Barrymore with quote

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

--Drew Barrymore
quote by Edith Wharton: They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. with background image: butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Background Photo: Boris Smokrovic

They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.

--Edith Wharton
quote by George Sand: Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile. with background image: butterfly perched on flower
Background Photo: Daniel Klein

Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.

--George Sand
quote by Gerald Brenan: We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure. with background image: black and white butterfly in close up photography
Background Photo: Erik Mclean

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

--Gerald Brenan
quote by Guillermo del Toro: The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on. with background image: brown butterfly
Background Photo: Chan Nyein

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

--Guillermo del Toro
quote by Heinrich Heine: The sun's sweet ray is hovering discovered. with background image: yellow and black butterfly perched on green leaf in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Aslam Baig

The sun's sweet ray is hovering discovered.

--Heinrich Heine
quote by Jane Yolen: You can only chase a butterfly for so long. with background image: butterfly on leaf
Background Photo: Ana Martinuzzi

You can only chase a butterfly for so long.

--Jane Yolen

quote by Joe Hill: Her sanity was a fragile thing, a butterfly cupped in her hands, that she carried with her everywhere, afraid of what would happen if she let it go-or got careless and crushed it. with background image: photo of author Joe Hill with quote

Her sanity was a fragile thing, a butterfly cupped in her hands, that she carried with her everywhere, afraid of what would happen if she let it go-or got careless and crushed it.

--Joe Hill
quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin: Without adversity, the butterfly would never have the strength to achieve its destiny. It would never develop the strength to become something extraordinary. with background image: photo of author Joseph B. Wirthlin with quote

Without adversity, the butterfly would never have the strength to achieve its destiny. It would never develop the strength to become something extraordinary.

--Joseph B. Wirthlin
quote by Joseph B. Wirthlin: As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people. with background image: butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Background Photo: Pırıl Osmanoğlu

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

--Joseph B. Wirthlin
quote by Joseph Conrad: 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. with background image: photo of author Joseph Conrad with quote

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
quote by M. F. Moonzajer: Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved.

--M.F. Moonzajer
quote by Mandy Hale: A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone. with background image: butterfly perched on flower
Background Photo: Daniel Klein

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

--Mandy Hale
quote by Matshona Dhliwayo: The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly. with background image: butterfly in light
Background Photo: Jack Chen

The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.

--Matshona Dhliwayo
quote by Melody Lee: You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry. with background image: shallow focus photography of yellow and black butterfly
Background Photo: Aaron Burden

You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry.

--Melody Lee
quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Happiness is like a butterfly. with background image: brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime
Background Photo: Nupo Deyon Daniel

Happiness is like a butterfly.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

Longer Version:

Happiness is like a butterfly -- the more you chase, the more subtle, but if you stop moving and quietly wait for it to land on you.


quote by Philip Pullman: Read like a butterfly, write like a bee. with background image: selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers
Background Photo: Tom Elegeert

Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.

--Philip Pullman
quote by Philip Pullman: Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever. with background image: woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Background Photo: Olia Nayda

Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever.

--Philip Pullman



quote by Anna Pavlova: 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. with background image: photo of author Anna Pavlova with quote

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
quote by Tom Robbins: The only authority I respect is the one that causes butterflies to fly south in fall and north in springtime. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

The only authority I respect is the one that causes butterflies to fly south in fall and north in springtime.

--Tom Robbins
quote by Clarissa Pinkola Estes: I learned about the sacred art of self decoration with the monarch butterflies perched atop my head, lightning bugs as my night jewelry, and emerald-green frogs as bracelets. with background image: photo of author Clarissa Pinkola Estes with quote

I learned about the sacred art of self decoration with the monarch butterflies perched atop my head, lightning bugs as my night jewelry, and emerald-green frogs as bracelets.

--Clarissa Pinkola Estes
quote by Stacey D'Erasmo: Music is quicksilver, gossamer; careers are measured in butterfly lifetimes. with background image: selective focus photography of butterfly on orange petaled flower
Background Photo: Yuichi Kageyama

Music is quicksilver, gossamer; careers are measured in butterfly lifetimes.

--Stacey D'Erasmo
quote by Thomas Haynes Bayly: I'd be a butterfly; living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away. with background image: shallow focus orange and black butterfly
Background Photo: Sean Stratton

I'd be a butterfly; living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away.

--Thomas Haynes Bayly
quote by Elizabeth Goudge: Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures. with background image: black and white papilio butterfly
Background Photo: Boris Smokrovic

Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.

--Elizabeth Goudge
quote by Alma Gluck: Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. with background image: blue and black butterfly in close up photography
Background Photo: AARN GIRI

Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.

--Alma Gluck

quote by Cornelia Funke: Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.

--Cornelia Funke
quote by Geraldine Brooks: She was like a butterfly, full of color and vibrancy when she chose to open her wings, yet hardly visible when she closed them. with background image: photo of author Geraldine Brooks with quote

She was like a butterfly, full of color and vibrancy when she chose to open her wings, yet hardly visible when she closed them.

--Geraldine Brooks

quote by Jacqueline Woodson: But on paper, things can live forever. 
On paper, a butterfly 
never dies. with background image: Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
Background Photo: Justin DoCanto

But on paper, things can live forever.
On paper, a butterfly
never dies.

--Jacqueline Woodson
quote by Louie Schwartzberg: The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It's very heavenly. with background image: blue butterfly sticker lot
Background Photo: __ drz __

The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It's very heavenly.

--Louie Schwartzberg
quote by Louie Schwartzberg: 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. with background image: solid background
Background Photo: Annie Spratt

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
quote by Lynn Margulis: Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn't look anything like a butterfly. with background image: black and white papilio butterfly
Background Photo: Boris Smokrovic

Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn't look anything like a butterfly.

--Lynn Margulis

quote by Laura Miller: Of all the butterflies that chose to stay, 
I'm in love with the one that got away. with background image: blue butterfly sticker lot
Background Photo: __ drz __

Of all the butterflies that chose to stay,
I'm in love with the one that got away.

--Laura Miller
quote by Max Muller: Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust? with background image: selective focus of butterfly on flower
Background Photo: Michele Bergami

Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust?

--Max Muller

quote by Patrick Rothfuss: A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all. with background image: Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
Background Photo: Justin DoCanto

A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all.

--Patrick Rothfuss
quote by Philip Larkin: And the case of butterflies so rich it looks As if all summer settled there and died. with background image: black and white papilio butterfly
Background Photo: Boris Smokrovic

And the case of butterflies so rich it looks As if all summer settled there and died.

--Philip Larkin
quote by Patricia Velasquez: If there is one creature that represents my essence, it's butterflies. with background image: black and white butterfly on pink flower
Background Photo: Joshua J. Cotten

If there is one creature that represents my essence, it's butterflies.

--Patricia Velasquez
quote by R. Buckminster Fuller: There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. with background image: yellow butterfly on pink flowers
Background Photo: Dulcey Lima

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

--R. Buckminster Fuller
quote by Roy Rogers: What's a butterfly garden without butterflies? with background image: butterfly on leaf
Background Photo: Ana Martinuzzi

What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?

--Roy Rogers
quote by Robert Graves: The butterfly, a cabbage-white, (His honest idiocy of flight) Will never now, it is too late, Master the art of flying straight. with background image: photo of author Robert Graves with quote

The butterfly, a cabbage-white, (His honest idiocy of flight) Will never now, it is too late, Master the art of flying straight.

--Robert Graves
quote by Ruth Brown: Life is like a butterfly. You can chase, or you can let it come to you. with background image: black and white butterfly on pink flower
Background Photo: Joshua J. Cotten

Life is like a butterfly. You can chase, or you can let it come to you.

--Ruth Brown
quote by Tracy Morgan: And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I'm a beautiful, black butterfly. with background image: butterfly perched on flower
Background Photo: Daniel Klein

And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I'm a beautiful, black butterfly.

--Tracy Morgan
quote by W. H. Davies: Pleasure's a Moth, that sleeps by day And dances by false glare at night; But Joy's a Butterfly, that loves To spread its wings in Nature's light. with background image: photo of author W. H. Davies with quote

Pleasure's a Moth, that sleeps by day And dances by false glare at night; But Joy's a Butterfly, that loves To spread its wings in Nature's light.

--W. H. Davies
quote by William Moulton Marston: Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold.

--William Moulton Marston

quote by William Stafford: 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. with background image: pink and teal striped textile
Background Photo: Gradienta

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
quote by Isaac Watts: 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. with background image: photo of author Isaac Watts with quote

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 Watts
quote by Toni Sorenson: Love is like a butterfly--chase it and it will fly away. Be still and be you and it will come and rest upon your skin where it feels safe and welcome. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Love is like a butterfly--chase it and it will fly away. Be still and be you and it will come and rest upon your skin where it feels safe and welcome.

--Toni Sorenson
quote by Zhuang Zhou: In a dream I saw myself as a great and colorful butterfly; now I am not sure if I am Chuang-Tsu dreaming I was a butterfly, or I am a butterfly dreaming I am Chuang-Tsu. with background image: photo of author Zhuang Zhou with quote

In a dream I saw myself as a great and colorful butterfly; now I am not sure if I am Chuang-Tsu dreaming I was a butterfly, or I am a butterfly dreaming I am Chuang-Tsu.

--Zhuang Zhou
quote by Lil B: I mean, everything that is upon this earth, even from a worm or a caterpillar that blossoms into a butterfly, you know, these things are just amazing. with background image: photo of author Lil B with quote

I mean, everything that is upon this earth, even from a worm or a caterpillar that blossoms into a butterfly, you know, these things are just amazing.

--Lil B

quote by Eileen Granfors: The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth. with background image: brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo
Background Photo: Dan Freeman

The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth.

--Eileen Granfors
quote by Li Bai: The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older. with background image: blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Background Photo: Erik Karits

The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older.

--Li Bai
quote by Wendy Mass: If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies. with background image: selective focus of butterfly on flower
Background Photo: Michele Bergami

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

--Wendy Mass
quote by Ruskin Bond: And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful. with background image: five assorted butterflies
Background Photo: Evie S.

And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.

--Ruskin Bond

quote by Gillian Duce: Take time to be a butterfly. with background image: brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime
Background Photo: Nupo Deyon Daniel

Take time to be a butterfly.

--Gillian Duce
quote by Thomas Berry: We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can't see the stars at night. with background image: yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime
Background Photo: Todd Trapani

We lose our souls if we lose the experience of the forest, the butterflies, the song of the birds, if we can't see the stars at night.

--Thomas Berry


quote by Jomny Sun: Sometimes a caterpillar will wait too long and die in its cocoon before ever becoming a buterfly. with background image: butterfly perched on flower
Background Photo: Daniel Klein

Sometimes a caterpillar will wait too long and die in its cocoon before ever becoming a buterfly.

--Jomny Sun

quote by Owl City: Whenever we leave the ground
And take to the sky
I'll smile as I'm gazing down
Cause I've always wonder why we won't need feathers to fly. with background image: white text on rocky beach background

Whenever we leave the ground
And take to the sky
I'll smile as I'm gazing down
Cause I've always wonder why we won't need feathers to fly.

--Owl City
brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime

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