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

Beautiful Butterfly Quotes

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

Quote: The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. by author Rabindranath Tagore overlaid on photo of purple and white butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Sian Cooper

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.


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. by author Isaac Watts overlaid on photo of bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

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.


Quote: 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. by author Thomas Berry overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower field under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: 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.


Quote: We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. by author LeeAnn Taylor overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.


Quote: We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies. by author John Marsden overlaid on photo of brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies.


Quote: Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. by author Vladimir Nabokov overlaid on photo of five assorted butterflies
Photo Credit: Evie S.

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.


Quote: Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of man in red shirt sitting on white suv during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexandre Barbosa

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.


Quote: Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come. by author Mario Quintana overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on petaled flower
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

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


Quote: Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic. by author Ana Gerhard overlaid on photo of butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Photo Credit: Pa±ra±l Osmanoalu

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


Quote: Nature's message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies. by author Kjell Bloch Sandved overlaid on photo of tiger swallowtail butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

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


Quote: Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There's no better way to fly. by author Patrick Monahan overlaid on photo of brown and white butterfly on purple petaled flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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


Quote: 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. by author Miklos Laszlo overlaid on photo of Miklos Laszlo quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: If you have the freedom to fly, why not take the scenic route! by author Claire Williams overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

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


Quote: 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. by author Juliette Adam overlaid on photo of Juliette Adam quote; white text on black 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.


Quote: The struggle to leave the cocoon is what strengthens the butterfly's wings so she can fly. I am about to become something beautiful. by author Tricia Stirling overlaid on photo of Tricia Stirling quote; white text on black 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.


Quote: 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. by author Gina Holmes overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on pink flower
Photo Credit: Nandhu Kumar

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.


Quote: Beauty is where the beheld butterfly 
disappears from sight. by author R. H. Peat overlaid on photo of butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Photo Credit: Pa±ra±l Osmanoalu

Beauty is where the beheld butterfly
disappears from sight.


Quote: 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. by author Laticia Dezell overlaid on photo of Laticia Dezell quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time. by author Deborah Chaskin overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

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


Quote: 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. by author Nina Kiriki Hoffman overlaid on photo of Nina Kiriki Hoffman quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: If you have butterflies in your stomach ask them into your heart. by author Cooper Edens overlaid on photo of butterfly on leaf
Photo Credit: Ana Martinuzzi

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


Quote: Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies. It creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation. by author Stephanie Pace Marshall overlaid on photo of Stephanie Pace Marshall quote; white text on black background

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


Quote: Just when the caterpillar thought I am incapable of moving, it became a butterfly. by author Annette Thomas overlaid on photo of yellow butterfly on pink flowers
Photo Credit: Dulcey Lima

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


Quote: God begins to paint the clouds in the eastern sky when the mountains butterflies come flying home. by author Srinidhi. R overlaid on photo of black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

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


Quote: Oh! To be a butterfly Still, upon a flower, Winking with its painted wings, Happy in the hour. by author Amy Lowell overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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


Quote: A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly. by author Andre Gide overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

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


Quote: Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

Butterflies and birds are like one perfect teaspoon of creation.


Quote: Butterflies were wind energy made visible. by author Anne Lamott overlaid on photo of green butterfly perched on purple flower
Photo Credit: Vincent van Zalinge

Butterflies were wind energy made visible.


Quote: Nature is always lavish of her gifts even to the most insignificant forms. The butterflies and moths are richly dowered in this respect. by author Annie Besant overlaid on photo of 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.


Quote: My thoughts are like butterflies. They are beautiful, but they fly away. by author Anonymous overlaid on photo of blue butterfly sticker lot
Photo Credit: __ drz __

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


Quote: Just when the butterfly thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. by author Anonymous overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

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


Quote: Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen? by author Dante Alighieri overlaid on photo of brown butterfly
Photo Credit: Chan Nyein

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


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. by author Debasish Mridha, MD overlaid on photo of black and white long fur cat
Photo Credit: Avel Chuklanov

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.


Quote: A butterfly is a flying flower with dancing heart. by author Debasish Mridha, MD overlaid on photo of red and multicolored butterfly perch on yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Krzysztof Niewolny

A butterfly is a flying flower with dancing heart.


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. by author Deborah Harkness overlaid on photo of white smoke
Photo Credit: Josep Martins

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.


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.


Quote: I've always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it's never too late to transform ourselves. by author Drew Barrymore overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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


Quote: Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves. by author Drew Barrymore overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

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


Quote: They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods. by author Edith Wharton overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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


Quote: Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile. by author George Sand overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

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


Quote: We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure. by author Gerald Brenan overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly in close up photography
Photo Credit: Erik Mclean

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


Quote: The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on. by author Guillermo del Toro overlaid on photo of brown butterfly
Photo Credit: Chan Nyein

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


Quote: The sun's sweet ray is hovering discovered. by author Heinrich Heine overlaid on photo of yellow and black butterfly perched on green leaf in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Aslam Baig

The sun's sweet ray is hovering discovered.


Quote: You can only chase a butterfly for so long. by author Jane Yolen overlaid on photo of butterfly on leaf
Photo Credit: Ana Martinuzzi

You can only chase a butterfly for so long.




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. by author Joe Hill overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


Quote: Without adversity, the butterfly would never have the strength to achieve its destiny. It would never develop the strength to become something extraordinary. by author Joseph B. Wirthlin overlaid on photo of two white and brown dogs
Photo Credit: Camilo Fierro

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


Quote: As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people. by author Joseph B. Wirthlin overlaid on photo of butterfly on clear glass sheet in selective focus photography
Photo Credit: Pa±ra±l Osmanoalu

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


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. by author Joseph Conrad overlaid on photo of aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime
Photo Credit: Rohit Tandon

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.


Quote: Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved. by author M. F. Moonzajer overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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


Quote: A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone. by author Mandy Hale overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

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


Quote: The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly. by author Matshona Dhliwayo overlaid on photo of butterfly in light
Photo Credit: Jack Chen

The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.


Quote: You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry. by author Melody Lee overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of yellow and black butterfly
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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


Quote: Happiness is like a butterfly. by author Nathaniel Hawthorne overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime
Photo Credit: Nupo Deyon Daniel

Happiness is like a butterfly.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: Read like a butterfly, write like a bee. by author Philip Pullman overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers
Photo Credit: Tom Elegeert

Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.


Quote: Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever. by author Philip Pullman overlaid on photo of woman standing between sunflower field during daytime
Photo Credit: 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.


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.


Quote: Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger. by author Colette overlaid on photo of butterfly in light
Photo Credit: Jack Chen

Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger.


Quote: 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. by author Steve Maraboli overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


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. by author Anna Pavlova overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


Quote: The only authority I respect is the one that causes butterflies to fly south in fall and north in springtime. by author Tom Robbins overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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


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. by author Clarissa Pinkola Estés overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
Photo Credit: Serrah Galos

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.


Quote: Music is quicksilver, gossamer; careers are measured in butterfly lifetimes. by author Stacey D'Erasmo overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of butterfly on orange petaled flower
Photo Credit: Yuichi Kageyama

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


Quote: I'd be a butterfly; living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away. by author Thomas Haynes Bayly overlaid on photo of shallow focus orange and black butterfly
Photo Credit: Sean Stratton

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


Quote: Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures. by author Elizabeth Goudge overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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


Quote: Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works. by author Alma Gluck overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly in close up photography
Photo Credit: AARN GIRI

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


Quote: 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. by author Brian Selznick overlaid on photo of backdrop
Photo Credit: Mitch Harris

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.


Quote: Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar. by author Cornelia Funke overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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


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. by author Geraldine Brooks overlaid on photo of person holding magnifying glass near desk globe
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

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


Quote: 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? by author Ivan Turgenev overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in close up photography
Photo Credit: Charity Petras

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?


Quote: But on paper, things can live forever. 
On paper, a butterfly 
never dies. by author Jacqueline Woodson overlaid on photo of Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
Photo Credit: Justin DoCanto

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


Quote: The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It's very heavenly. by author Louie Schwartzberg overlaid on photo of blue butterfly sticker lot
Photo Credit: __ drz __

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


Quote: 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. by author Louie Schwartzberg overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: 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.


Quote: Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn't look anything like a butterfly. by author Lynn Margulis overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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


Quote: 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. by author Laura Miller overlaid on photo of person surfing on sea waves during daytime
Photo Credit: Riley

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.


Quote: Of all the butterflies that chose to stay, 
I'm in love with the one that got away. by author Laura Miller overlaid on photo of blue butterfly sticker lot
Photo Credit: __ drz __

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


Quote: Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust? by author Max Muller overlaid on photo of selective focus of butterfly on flower
Photo Credit: Michele Bergami

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


Quote: 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. by author Mary Meeker overlaid on photo of person in black hoodie using laptop computer
Photo Credit: Bermix Studio

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.


Quote: A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all. by author Patrick Rothfuss overlaid on photo of Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
Photo Credit: Justin DoCanto

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


Quote: And the case of butterflies so rich it looks As if all summer settled there and died. by author Philip Larkin overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

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


Quote: If there is one creature that represents my essence, it's butterflies. by author Patricia Velasquez overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on pink flower
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

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


Quote: There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. by author R. Buckminster Fuller overlaid on photo of yellow butterfly on pink flowers
Photo Credit: Dulcey Lima

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


Quote: What's a butterfly garden without butterflies? by author Roy Rogers overlaid on photo of butterfly on leaf
Photo Credit: Ana Martinuzzi

What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?


Quote: The butterfly, a cabbage-white, (His honest idiocy of flight) Will never now, it is too late, Master the art of flying straight. by author Robert Graves overlaid on photo of blue and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Sincerely Media

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


Quote: Life is like a butterfly. You can chase, or you can let it come to you. by author Ruth Brown overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on pink flower
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

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


Quote: And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I'm a beautiful, black butterfly. by author Tracy Morgan overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

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


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. by author W. H. Davies overlaid on photo of rocky mountain
Photo Credit: Manuel Will

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.


Quote: Realize what you really want. It stops you from chasing butterflies and puts you to work digging gold. by author William Moulton Marston overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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




Quote: 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. by author William Stafford overlaid on photo of pink and teal striped textile
Photo Credit: 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.


Quote: 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. by author Toni Sorenson overlaid on photo of Toni Sorenson quote; white text on black 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.


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. by author Zhuang Zhou overlaid on photo of 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.


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. by author Lil B overlaid on photo of 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.


Quote: 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. by author Kayla Krantz overlaid on photo of Kayla Krantz quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth. by author Eileen Granfors overlaid on photo of brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo
Photo Credit: Dan Freeman

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


Quote: The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older. by author Li Bai overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

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


Quote: If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies. by author Wendy Mass overlaid on photo of selective focus of butterfly on flower
Photo Credit: Michele Bergami

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


Quote: And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful. by author Ruskin Bond overlaid on photo of five assorted butterflies
Photo Credit: Evie S.

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


Quote: 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. by author Walter Darby Bannard overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


Quote: Take time to be a butterfly. by author Gillian Duce overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime
Photo Credit: Nupo Deyon Daniel

Take time to be a butterfly.


Quote: 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. by author Thomm Quackenbush overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

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.


Quote: 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. by author L. R. Knost overlaid on photo of L. R. Knost quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: Sometimes a caterpillar will wait too long and die in its cocoon before ever becoming a buterfly. by author Jomny Sun overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

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


Quote: 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! by author Positively Sherry overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on pink flower
Photo Credit: Nandhu Kumar

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!


Quote: 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. by author Owl City overlaid on photo of photo of author Owl City with quote

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.


Quote: Just living isn't enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower. by author Hans Christian Andersen overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

Just living isn't enough, said the butterfly, one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.


Quote: Butterflies are but petals upon the sky. by author Jazz Feylynn overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on brown plant
Photo Credit: Bob Brewer

Butterflies are but petals upon the sky.


Quote: It is all too common for caterpillars to become butterflies and then to maintain that in their youth they had been little butterflies. Maturation makes liars of us all. by author George Vaillant overlaid on photo of photo of author George Vaillant with quote

It is all too common for caterpillars to become butterflies and then to maintain that in their youth they had been little butterflies. Maturation makes liars of us all.


Quote: Happiness is a butterfly that often eludes your grasp, then suddenly alights on your shoulder, sits for a spell and moves on. by author Peggy Toney Horton overlaid on photo of brown butterfly
Photo Credit: Chan Nyein

Happiness is a butterfly that often eludes your grasp, then suddenly alights on your shoulder, sits for a spell and moves on.


Quote: I felt him move and turned my head to deflect his kiss so that it landed on the side of my jaw instead of my mouth. It shimmered there briefly like some iridescent, impossible butterfly. by author Alexis Hall overlaid on photo of red white and black butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

I felt him move and turned my head to deflect his kiss so that it landed on the side of my jaw instead of my mouth. It shimmered there briefly like some iridescent, impossible butterfly.


Quote: Catching butterflies won't give you a taste of freedom but the knowledge that weights are not carried in wings. by author Goitsemang Mvula overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

Catching butterflies won't give you a taste of freedom but the knowledge that weights are not carried in wings.




Quote: When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies. by author Kelseyleigh Reber overlaid on photo of Kelseyleigh Reber quote; white text on black background

When a caterpillar bursts from its cocoon and discovers it has wings, it does not sit idly, hoping to one day turn back. It flies.


Quote: Failure is like a caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly. by author Peta Kelly overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

Failure is like a caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly.


Quote: Nor did we know if the tight, dark days of hanging upside down was the onset of death or a necessary part of an incredible transformation. by author Ava Homa overlaid on photo of Ava Homa quote; white text on black background

Nor did we know if the tight, dark days of hanging upside down was the onset of death or a necessary part of an incredible transformation.


Quote: The chrysalis moves
in my solar plexus
fulfilling its mission
to quietly emerge...

then I see you and
a thousand butterflies
migrate into my heart. by author Collette O'Mahony overlaid on photo of Collette O'Mahony quote; white text on black background

The chrysalis moves
in my solar plexus
fulfilling its mission
to quietly emerge...

then I see you and
a thousand butterflies
migrate into my heart.


Quote: When he laughed in his throat, the butterfly laughed at me too. It's obscene fluttering corrupted me into darkness. by author Kazuya Minekura overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

When he laughed in his throat, the butterfly laughed at me too. It's obscene fluttering corrupted me into darkness.


Quote: Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you can fly. by author Zeenat Aman overlaid on photo of photo of author Zeenat Aman with quote

Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you can fly.


Quote: He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival. by author Gemma Malley overlaid on photo of Gemma Malley quote; white text on black background

He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.


Quote: I am a butterfly drunk with life. I don't know where to soar, but I won't allow life to clip my beautiful wings. by author Janusz Korczak overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

I am a butterfly drunk with life. I don't know where to soar, but I won't allow life to clip my beautiful wings.


Quote: For when ideas flutter in haze, we collaborate without notice and collect them as butterflies only to set them free into the world. by author Shawn Lukas overlaid on photo of Shawn Lukas quote; white text on black background

For when ideas flutter in haze, we collaborate without notice and collect them as butterflies only to set them free into the world.


Quote: Gray sail against the sky, Gray butterfly! Have you a dream for going. Or are you the blind wind's blowing? by author Dana Burnet overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

Gray sail against the sky, Gray butterfly! Have you a dream for going. Or are you the blind wind's blowing?


Quote: Why is a caterpillar wrapped in silk while it changes into a butterfly? So the other caterpillars can't hear the screams. Change hurts. by author Rory Miller overlaid on photo of Rory Miller quote; white text on black background

Why is a caterpillar wrapped in silk while it changes into a butterfly? So the other caterpillars can't hear the screams. Change hurts.


Quote: A butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity. by author Marlene Van Niekerk overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

A butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.


Quote: Caterpillar dun' become butterfly-caterpillar die so butterfly can be. A new thing. We all must let ourselves die to be what we will be. But we cling to what we know. by author Ryan Winfield overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on pink flower
Photo Credit: Nandhu Kumar

Caterpillar dun' become butterfly-caterpillar die so butterfly can be. A new thing. We all must let ourselves die to be what we will be. But we cling to what we know.


Quote: Beautiful thoughts flit across the brain, like butterflies in the sun's rays, and are as difficult to capture. by author Anna Cora Mowatt overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on yellow flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

Beautiful thoughts flit across the brain, like butterflies in the sun's rays, and are as difficult to capture.


Quote: Like butterflies, we evolve; but as Beings of Light we continuously evolve when we are fully present. by author Michelle Cruz overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

Like butterflies, we evolve; but as Beings of Light we continuously evolve when we are fully present.


Quote: Sometimes a butterfly flaps its wings and the weather turns out fine. by author Johnny Rich overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly
Photo Credit: Anne Lambeck

Sometimes a butterfly flaps its wings and the weather turns out fine.


Quote: We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning it's life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly. by author Heather Wolf overlaid on photo of Heather Wolf quote; white text on black background

We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning it's life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly.


Quote: And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness. by author Friedrich Nietzsche overlaid on photo of green textile in close up image
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.


Quote: Now I'm floating like a butterfly 
 Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes 
 I went from zero, to my own hero. by author Katy Perry overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

Now I'm floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero.


Quote: The beginning of love is all about the butterflies, but the end of it is when you can't get out of bed in the morning. by author Taylor Swift overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

The beginning of love is all about the butterflies, but the end of it is when you can't get out of bed in the morning.


I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days -- three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.




Quote: If time and space, as sages say, Are things which cannot be, The sun which does not feel decay No greater is than we. So why, Love, should we ever pray To live a century? The butterfly that lives a day Has lived eternity. by author T. S. Eliot overlaid on photo of photo of author T. S. Eliot with quote

If time and space, as sages say, Are things which cannot be, The sun which does not feel decay No greater is than we. So why, Love, should we ever pray To live a century? The butterfly that lives a day Has lived eternity.


Quote: And whether this happiness lasted a hundred seconds or ten minutes, it was so far removed from time that it resembled every other genuine happiness as completely as one fluttering blue lycaenid butterfly resembles another. by author Hermann Hesse overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of beach side
Photo Credit: Syd Sujuaan

And whether this happiness lasted a hundred seconds or ten minutes, it was so far removed from time that it resembled every other genuine happiness as completely as one fluttering blue lycaenid butterfly resembles another.


Quote: Do what only a true artist can do ... pounce upon the forgotten butterfly of revelation. by author Vladimir Nabokov overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on petaled flower
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

Do what only a true artist can do ... pounce upon the forgotten butterfly of revelation.


Quote: Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become. by author Jim Rohn overlaid on photo of white rose flower
Photo Credit: Valerie Blanchett

Success is not something you pursue. What you pursue will elude you; it can be like trying to chase butterflies. Success is something you attract by the person you become.


Quote: Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him. by author Rabindranath Tagore overlaid on photo of person holding gold ring in dark room
Photo Credit: Taylor Smith

Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.


Quote: Butterflies... flowers that fly and all but sing. by author Robert Frost overlaid on photo of butterfly in light
Photo Credit: Jack Chen

Butterflies... flowers that fly and all but sing.


Quote: When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free. by author Wilma Rudolph overlaid on photo of monarch butterfly perched on orange flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Calvin Mano

When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.


Quote: Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days. by author Ellen DeGeneres overlaid on photo of blue and white butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Erik Karits

Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.


Quote: We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever. by author Carl Sagan overlaid on photo of brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo
Photo Credit: Dan Freeman

We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.


Quote: 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. by author Zhuang Zhou overlaid on photo of photo of author Zhuang Zhou with quote

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.


Quote: I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man? by author Zhuang Zhou overlaid on photo of photo of author Zhuang Zhou with quote

I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?


Quote: The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly. by author Richard Bach overlaid on photo of photo of author Richard Bach with quote

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.


Quote: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. by author Muhammad Ali overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sonika Agarwal

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.


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

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