Butterfly Quotes

Black and white butterfly on purple flowers.

The world’s most beautiful insects, butterflies have inspired writers and artists throughout the ages. Here are some quotes about butterflies. And if you’d like to learn more about cultural and spiritual depictions of butterflies, visit UniGuide’s post on butterfly meanings and symbolism. Enjoy!

“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

“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 are not insects,” Captain John Sterling said soberly. “They are self-propelled flowers.”
– Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

“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?”
– Zhuangzi

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
– Rabindranath Tagore

“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 50 common years could ever contain.”
– John Keats

“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.”
– Haruki Murakami

“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.”
– Irish Prayer

“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”
– LeeAnn Taylor

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