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!

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

--Mario Quintana

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

--Ana Gerhard

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

--Kjell Bloch Sandved

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

--Patrick Monahan

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.

--Miklos Laszlo

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

--Claire Williams

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

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

How wonderful it must be, I thought, to be able to just spread your wings whenever you like without someone following you around trying to swat you out of the sky.

--Gina Holmes

Beauty is where the beheld butterfly
disappears from sight.

--R.H. Peat

Don't be so stuck in a situation or feeling that when the tide turns you can't see the transformation or manifestation. The caterpillar eventually turns into a butterfly. You will need to determine which perspective you will see.

--Laticia Dezell

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

--Deborah Chaskin

They open their wings, flash patterns and color, fly from flower to flower. I, with the dark brittles and many feet of the former form, inch along the ground.
Sometimes all I want is two armfuls of air, a fistful of sky.

--Nina Kiriki Hoffman

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

--Cooper Edens

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

--Stephanie Pace Marshall

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

--Annette Thomas

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


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

--Amy Lowell

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

--Andre Gide

Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.

--Anne Lamott

Butterflies were wind energy made visible.

--Anne Lamott

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

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


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


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

--Dante Alighieri

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

A butterfly is a flying flower with dancing heart.

--Debasish Mridha, MD

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

Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don't ... Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That's me and my memories.

--Douglas Coupland

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

--Drew Barrymore

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

--Drew Barrymore

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

--Edith Wharton

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

--George Sand

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

--Gerald Brenan

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

--Guillermo del Toro

The sun's sweet ray is hovering discovered.

--Heinrich Heine

You can only chase a butterfly for so long.

--Jane Yolen

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

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

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

--Joseph B. Wirthlin

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

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

--M.F. Moonzajer

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

--Mandy Hale

The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.

--Matshona Dhliwayo

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

--Melody Lee

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.

Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.

--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.

--Philip Pullman

Stothard learned the art of combining colors by closely studying butterflies wings; he would often say that no one knew what he owed to these tiny insects. A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.

--Samuel Smiles

Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.


I watch her with loving sadness as she dulls her shine to please others. Will this butterfly ever soar? Will she continue to pretend she can't fly? Her greatest life awaits this decision.

--Steve Maraboli

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

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

--Tom Robbins

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 Estés

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

--Stacey D'Erasmo

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

--Thomas Haynes Bayly

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

--Elizabeth Goudge

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

--Alma Gluck

Time can play all sorts of tricks on you. In the blink of an eye, babies appear in carriages, coffins disappear into the ground, wars are won and lost, and children transform, like butterflies, into adults.

--Brian Selznick

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

--Cornelia Funke

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

A withered maple leaf has left its branch and is falling to the ground; its movements resemble those of a butterfly in flight. Isn't it strange? The saddest and deadest of things is yet so like the gayest and most vital of creatures?

--Ivan Turgenev

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

--Jacqueline Woodson

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

--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.

--Louie Schwartzberg

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

--Lynn Margulis

It was a completely new feeling for me -- like someone had just released a million, tiny butterflies loose in my stomach, and they were feverishly flying up into my head and making me lose my mind.

--Laura Miller

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

--Laura Miller

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

--Max Muller

When, within our souls and psyches we are made aware of a safe but insistent drum beat, repeated like butterfly wings in motion, we sense the message...that our inner self has begun its search for freedom.

--Mary Meeker

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

--Patrick Rothfuss

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

--Philip Larkin

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

--Patricia Velasquez

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

--R. Buckminster Fuller

What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?

--Roy Rogers

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

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

--Ruth Brown

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

--Tracy Morgan

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

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

--William Moulton Marston

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

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

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

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

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

I've always preferred moths to butterflies. They aren't flashy or cocky; they mind their own business and just try to blend in with their surroundings and live their lives. They don't want to be seen, and that's something I can relate to.

--Kayla Krantz

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

--Eileen Granfors

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

--Li Bai

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

--Wendy Mass

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

--Ruskin Bond

Art is like a butterfly fluttering in a meadow. Analysis of art is like a butterfly on a pin. Each has its value, but we must always be aware of the difference, and what is gained or lost.

--Walter Darby Bannard

Take time to be a butterfly.

--Gillian Duce

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

To her, it was like asking a butterfly what it remembered about being a caterpillar. She could fly now and nothing could touch her when she left the cocoon of her body behind at night.

--Thomm Quackenbush

And just when the darkness
became too much to bear
and the struggle too hard,
the light broke through
and the caterpillar emerged
a butterfly
delicate but unbroken,
wild and gentle,
finally free to spread its lovely wings
and fly away on the wind.

--L.R. Knost

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

--Jomny Sun

I am free to be me!
The caterpillar loved her time surrounded by the comfort of her cocoon ...then one day she had a thought maybe it was time for a new adventure!

--Positively Sherry

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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