37 Dragonfly Quotes, Sayings, and Proverbs

Dragonfly with Transparent Wings

With their fairy-like wings and profound symbolic meanings, dragonflies have fascinated people throughout history. In this post, we’ll explore dragonfly quotes, proverbs, and sayings from writers, artists, and others.

And if you’d like to learn more dragonfly symbolism, mythology, and spiritual meanings, please visit my post on dragonfly meanings. Enjoy!

Dragonfly Quotes

1. “Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.” – James Thurber

2. “It’s very far away, / It takes about a half a day to get there, / If we travel by dragonfly.” – Jimi Hendrix, Spanish Castle Magic

3. “Despite its dark veins, the transparency of dragonfly’s wings assures me of a pure, innocent world.” – Munia Khan

4. “Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds. Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

5. “Magic is seeing wonder in nature’s every little thing, seeing how wonderful the fireflies are and how magical are the dragonflies.”
– Ama Vanniarachchy

6. “If you are old and you wish to be young again, if only for a moment, try and identify a dragonfly.” – Simon Barnes

7. “The distant mountains, / Are reflected in the eye, / Of the dragonfly.” – Kobayashi Issa

8. “Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly, / Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.” – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

9. “Yesterday a child came out to wander / Caught a dragonfly inside a jar / Fearful when the sky was full of thunder / And tearful at the falling of a star…” – Joni Mitchell, “The Circle Game”

10. “The beauteous dragonfly’s dancing, / By the waves of the rivulet glancing, / She dances here and she dances there, / The glimmering, glittering flutterer fair, / Full many a beetle with loud applause / Admires her dress of azure gauze, / Admires her body’s bright splendor, / And also her figure so slender.” – Heinrich Heine

11. “Hey Miss Dragonfly, / I see you look at me with your beautiful eyes, / You must be wondering what type of creature am I.” – Ziggy Marley, Dragonfly

12. “The dragonfly exists because it exists and for no other reason.” – Marty Rubin

13. “Deep in the sun-searched growths, the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.” – Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dragonfly Proverbs

14. “On dragonfly wings with buttercup tea.” – Indian proverb

15. “A dragonfly has many eyes, but it cannot see its own beauty.” – Chinese Proverb

16. “The dragonfly dances on the surface, but its heart longs for the depth of the water.” – Japanese Proverb

17. “When the dragonfly rests, the lotus blooms.” – Thai Proverb

18. “A dragonfly knows no boundaries; it glides through the skies with grace and freedom.” – Vietnamese Proverb

19.”Dragonflies whisper secrets only to those who listen with their hearts.” – Native American Proverb

20. “The dragonfly’s flight is a reminder that life is a journey, not a destination.” – Irish Proverb

21. “Just as the dragonfly’s wings glisten in the sunlight, so does a kind word bring joy to the heart.” – Spanish Proverb

22. “Dragonflies are messengers of joy, bringing good fortune to those who appreciate their beauty.” – Indonesian Proverb

23. “When the dragonfly comes, laughter follows.” – Korean Proverb

24. “A dragonfly’s path is guided by the wind; a wise person’s path is guided by virtue.” – Tibetan Proverb

25. “When the dragonfly hovers, it is a sign of impending rain.” – African Proverb

26. “The dragonfly dances with the wind, but never forgets its roots in the water.” – Malaysian Proverb

27. “The dragonfly weaves a path of light, showing us the way to inner illumination.” – Persian Proverb

28. “The dragonfly’s wings carry the whispers of the ancestors.” – Maori Proverb

Dragonfly Sayings

29. “Chasing dragonflies” – Refers to pursuing something elusive or unattainable.

30. “Like a dragonfly on water” – Describes someone who effortlessly glides through life’s challenges and obstacles.

31. “Dragonfly eyes” – Describes having keen perception or a sharp eye for detail.

32. “Dragonflies in the wind” – Refers to a situation or idea that is constantly changing or evolving.

33. “Dragonfly dreams” – Describes having lofty aspirations or ambitions.

34. “Dragonfly whispers” – Refers to subtle hints or messages that are difficult to decipher.

35. “Dragonfly wings” – Describes lightness, agility, and the ability to move swiftly.

Dragonfly Haiku

Dragonflies are the inspiration for a lot of Haiku poetry. Here are just two examples:

36. “The beginning of autumn, / Decided / By the red dragon-fly.” – Shirao

37. “dragonflies / the soft blur of time / in another land” – Rick Daddario1

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