Butterflies Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old butterflies quotes, butterflies sayings, and butterflies proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

Drew Barrymore

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

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Butterflies are self propelled flowers.

R.H. Heinlein

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.     

Attributed to George Carlin

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.

Jeffrey Glassberg

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

Deborah Chaskin

Butterflies are God's confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love     

K. D'Angelo

The butterflies...What an educated sense of beauty they have. They seem only an ornament to society, and yet, if they were gone, how substantial would be their loss     

Phil Robinson

The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity

George Carlin

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 a butterfly.     

Richard Bach

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

The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.     

Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebrun

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.     

Muhammad Ali

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

Stephanie Marshall

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

Richard Buckminster Fuller

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

Elizabeth Goudge

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

Maya Angelou

I'd be a butterfly, born in a bower, Where roses and lilies and violets meet.     

Thomas Haynes Bayly

With the rose the butterfly's deep in love, A thousand times hovering round; But round himself, all tender like gold, The sun's sweet ray is hovering found.     

Heinrich Heine

Much converse do I find in thee, Historian of my infancy! Float near me; do not yet depart! Dead times revive in thee: Thou bring'st, gay creature as thou art! A solemn image to my heart.

William Wordsworth

Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul     

K. D'Angelo

The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley

K. D'Angelo

Butterflies are a breath of beauty fluttering by, they are mystery chronicled upon wing, they bring forth the grace and wonder of this world to our eyes everyday

K. D'Angelo

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.     

Charles Dickens

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.     

Charles Dickens

Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.

Hans Christian Anderson

How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively. You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.     

Trina Paulus

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

Robert Frost

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

Edith Wharton