Caterpillar Sayings and Quotes

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

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.     

George E. Vaillant

A caterpillar builds a coffin, a butterfly remembers a cocoon     


As the caterpillar undergoes transformation within the cocoon before emerging as a butterfly; likewise, life experiences shape character.     

Lorna Jackie Wilson

When a caterpillar spins its cocoon, it goes through a transformative process and then emerges as a butterfly. Similarly, when we go through a practice of meditation and prayer, we loosen our egoic grip on a sense of self that is separate from the Whole and become vehicles of the emergent evolutionary paradigm of love, peace , compassion, wisdom, harmony and oneness that seeks expression on the planet.     

Michael Beckwith

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

Andre Gide

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

Annette Thomas

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

R. Buckminster Fuller

As the caterpillar chooses the fairest leaves to lay her eggs on, so the priest lays his curse on the fairest joys.     

William Blake

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

Stephanie Pace Marshall

If a caterpillar doesn't know its future has wings, it hardly experiences itself as land-bound.     

Robert Kagan

Why do the caterpillar and the ant have to be enemies? One eats leaves, and the other eats caterpillars. Oh, I see now.     

Jack Handey

Caterpillar sheds it's skin to find a butterfly within.     


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.     

Kelseyleigh Reber

It is in being the caterpillar that you become the butterfly.     

John Harricharan

In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly. But with human beings it is the other way round: a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar.     

Anton Chekhov

As the caterpillar undergoes transformation and emerges as a butterfly; likewise, character undergoes transformation through experiences, aspirations and beliefs. How will you emerge?     

Lorna Jackie Wilson

The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And, yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly and they are but one. So, when I die, it will be that I have been transformed from the caterpillar of earth to the butterfly of the universe.     

John Harricharan

When a caterpillar looks in the mirror, he sees a butterfly.      

Matshona Dhliwayo

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

Barbara Haines Howett

Caterpillars are nature's own vegetarians.     

Anthony T. Hincks

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

Lynn Margulis

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

George Carlin

We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation.     

Terence McKenna

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

John Marsden

Caterpillars can fly, if they just lighten up.     

Scott J. Simmerman Ph.D.

A caterpillar must endure a season of isolation before it turns into a butterfly. Embrace the time you have alone, it will only make you stronger.     

Steven Aitchison

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

Rory Miller

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.     

Richard Bach

The Caterpillar cannot understand the butterfly.     

Timothy Leary

The caterpillar turns to liquid before turning into a butterfly. Liquid. Thus washing away any speck of his caterpillar self as he lies completely vulnerable to his environment in his chrysalis shell. One good solid gust of wind and the caterpillars boned.     

The Hippie