These butterfly quotes and Instagram captions capture the essence of one of the most beautiful insects on earth.
With their beautiful wings, fluttering flight, and graceful ways, butterflies paint a picture of an enjoyable summer day.
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Best Butterfly Quotes
Our panel selected the following quotations as the best of the bunch.
1.) The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
2.) There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.
Richard Buckminster Fuller
3.) To know God, watch a butterfly return to the same tree – after a year and a thousand miles.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
4.) Butterflies are nature’s angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.
5.) Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.
6.) Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases, and it pleases wherever it goes.
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7.) The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly.
8.) They say, “Only in dreams men are truly free; what does a butterfly dream about? – It’s already free!”
9.) Children are caterpillars, and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.
10.) Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.
11.) The story is like a butterfly whose wings transport us to another world where we receive gifts that change who we are and who we want to be.
12.) Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and – as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis – emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness.
13.) Everyone is like a butterfly; they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful, graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
14.) Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There’s no better way to fly.
15.) Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the butterfly.
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16.) When I was a girl, I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched.
17.) As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
18.) A butterfly symbolizes acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed.
19.) When he laughed in his throat, the butterfly laughed at me too. Its obscene fluttering corrupted me into darkness.
20.) 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.
21.) I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just a little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar.
22.) 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.
23.) Soar up high with the beauty and grace of a butterfly.
Butterfly Quotes About Life
24.) 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.
25.) Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.
26.) Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.
27.) Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.
28.) His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time, he understood it no more than the butterfly did, and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.
29.) 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.
30.) When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Short Sayings about Butterflies
31.) Fighting has taught me that the caterpillar takes a while to turn into a majestic butterfly.
32.) A butterfly is like the soul of a person; it dries out in captivity.
Marlene Van Niekerk
33.) I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
34.) You can only chase a butterfly for so long.
35.) We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.
36.) I sting like a butterfly and punch like a flea.
37.) But on paper, things can live forever. On paper, a butterfly never dies.
38.) And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.
39.) I am still alone, broken and small, the butterfly fighting for life in the grass.
40.) If there is one creature that represents my essence, it’s butterflies.
Beautiful Phrases on Butterflies
41.) She is like a butterfly; beautiful to look at but hard to catch.
42.) One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.
43.) We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.
44.) If you want to fly, you have to flap your own wings!
45.) I’d be a butterfly, living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away.
Thomas Haynes Bayly
46.) How to Write a Poem; catch the air around the butterfly.
Katerina Stoykova Klemer
47.) Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.
Inspirational Butterfly Quotes
48.) A butterfly says, “The caterpillar-me is history, my metamorphosis, a mystery, and today is a present. My struggle gifted me.”
49.) “Just living isn’t enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”
Hans Christian Anderson
50.) Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home.
51.) The great loneliness- like the loneliness a caterpillar endures when she wraps herself in a silky shroud and begins the long transformation from chrysalis to butterfly. It seems we, too, must go through such a time when life, as we have known it, is over.
All we know is that something bigger is calling us to change. And though we must make the journey alone, and even if suffering is our only companion, soon enough, we will become a butterfly. Soon enough, we will taste the rapture of being alive.
52.) 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.
53.) Butterflies live most of their lives being completely ordinary. And then, one day, the unexpected happens. They burst from their cocoons in a blaze of colors and become utterly extraordinary. It is the shortest phase of their lives, but it holds the greatest importance. It shows us how empowering change can be.
54.) You’ve got to be like a butterfly and have a metamorphosis.
55.) Just like a butterfly, I, too, will awaken in my own time.
56.) Then you find yourself cocooned in isolation, and you cannot find your way out of the darkness. Remember, this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
57.) Everyone is like a butterfly; they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful, graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
58.) When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.
59.) Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you can fly.
60.) A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
61.) The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only a paradise of flowered hill and valley.
62.) Representation is vital; otherwise, the butterfly surrounded by a group of moths unable to see itself will keep trying to become the moth – representation.
Motivational Quotes on Butterflies
63.) Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.
64.) When you find yourself cocooned in isolation and you cannot find your way out of darkness, remember this is similar to the place where caterpillars go to grow their wings.
65.) For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!
Mehmet Murat İldan
66.) If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies.
67.) A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.
68.) You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.
69.) 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.
Sad Butterfly Quotes
70.) To all the broken-hearted and anyone feeling sad, may your hearts heal, and may you feel happy in your lives. Flutter as the butterflies do.
71.) And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I’m a beautiful black butterfly.
72.) Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
73.) Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
74.) For our people, butterflies are a symbol of hope. It’s said that if you capture one in your hands and whisper your dreams to it, it will carry them up to the heavens so that the wish can be granted.
75.) The butterfly said to the sun, “They can’t stop talking about my transformation. I can only do it once in my lifetime. If only they know they can do it at any time and in countless ways.”
76.) “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively. Orange Butterfly “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
77.) 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.
78.) 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?
79.) Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.
Kjell B. Sandved
80.) Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.
81.) Life seeks life and loves life. The opening of a catkin of a willow, in the flight of the butterfly, in the chirping of a tree toad, or the sweep of an eagle – my life loves to see how others live, exults in their joy, and so far is a partner in their great concern.
Edward Everett Hale
82.) Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.
83.) A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, wakes up to reality to realize that truth is not always bitter after all!
84.) Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies; it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.
Chasing a Butterfly
85.) You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass, it will come and sit on your shoulder.
86.) Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn’t look anything like a butterfly.
87.) Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.
Butterfly Quotes About Love
88.) It’s interesting how frequently the topic of love comes up in butterfly quotes. Why do you think that is the case?
89.) Love is like a butterfly. It goes where it pleases, and it pleases wherever it goes. Love is like a butterfly; hold it too tight, and it’ll crush. Hold it too loose; it’ll fly.
90.) I almost wish we were butterflies and lived, but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
91.) Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were—butterflies, for instance, and women who’ve been in love with the wrong man too often.
92.) You are so young, Lyra, too young to understand this, but I shall tell you anyway, and you’ll understand it later: men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, and clever, and they die almost at once.
93.) The thing about butterflies, Mr. Crow, is that they need to be admired from afar.
94.) A flower knows when its butterfly will return, and if the moon walks out, the sky will understand; but now it hurts to watch you leave so soon when I don’t know if you will ever come back.
Love is like a Butterfly
95.) Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.
97.) When I was just a cute little caterpillar, you loved me. So I became a butterfly so you would never leave.
98.) Love is like a butterfly, beautiful and delicate. If you truly care for it, you’ll do whatever you can to make it happy, even if that means letting it go.
Quotes About Beauty
These butterfly quotes address the beautiful nature of this insect.
99.) Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are, but everyone else can. People are like that as well.
100.) 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.
101.) Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.
102.) Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
Henry David Thoreau
103.) Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life.
104.) We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
105.) Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. It seems that they are very beautiful.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
106.) Butterflies are beautiful, but the process of emerging from the chrysalis and spreading your wings can hurt. But still, you will survive the transformation (over and over again), and you will fly. Remember this when it hurts the most.
Beauty and Grace
107.) Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
108.) May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun. And find your shoulder to light on, to bring you luck, happiness, and riches. Today, tomorrow, and beyond.
109.) Butterflies are God’s confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love.
110.) The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on. Guillermo del Toro
111.) I almost wish we were butterflies and lived, but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
112.) It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.
113.) Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better.
Heimlich, A Bug’s Life
114.) Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.
115.) It’s only when caterpillarness is done that one becomes a butterfly. That, again, is part of this paradox. You cannot rip away caterpillarness. The whole trip occurs in an unfolding process of which we have no control.
116.) 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.
Short Butterfly Sayings
117.) Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine.
118.) Awaken to the universe’s simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul.
119.) Butterflies are nature’s angels.
120.) Everyone is like a butterfly; they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.
121.) Just living isn’t enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Anderson
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The Butterfly Effect Quotes
122.) Is there any sort of situation where you can say with certainty that a single person is responsible for what happens? Everything in life is dependent on so many different factors that interact in so many different ways.
123.) You have been created in order that you might make a difference. You have within you the power to change the world.
124.) Every decision or non-decision shifts the Universe in a whole new direction.
Ray A. Davis
125.) I knew the power of a single wish, after all. Invisible and inevitable, like a butterfly that beats its wings in one corner of the globe and, with that single action changes the weather halfway across the world.
126.) Small shifts in your thinking, and small changes in your energy, can lead to massive alterations of your end result.
127.) Just when the caterpillar thought her life was over, she began to fly.
128.) Just winging it.
129.) You still give me the butterflies.
130.) What looks like half a butterfly? The other half.
131.) Never hide your wings.
132.) I’m as anti-social as a butterfly.
133.) It butterfly away.
134.) Happiness is like a butterfly. It comes and rests quietly on your shoulder when you least expect it.
135.) If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
136.) These are flowers that fly and all but sing.
137.) Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. (Muhammad Ali)
138.) I’ve got butter things to do.
139.) I am a rare butterfly, too pretty to look just once, yet so hard to catch.
140.) The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.
Janet S. Dickens
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141.) I am a ball of sunshine with a little dash of a hurricane.
142.) And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.
143.) Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
144.) The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough.
145.) They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.
146.) Social butterflies.
147.) The wings of hope carry us high over the winds of life.
148.) The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.
149.) Don’t chase the butterfly. Mend your garden, and let the butterfly come.
150.) That’s all on butterflies.
151.) Fly, Butterfly, Fly!
By Emily Ryan
Emily writes about nature, animals, and family.
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