Dragonfly Quotes

White-tailed skimmer dragonfly on a celosia flower
White-tailed skimmer dragonfly on a celosia flower.

Dragonflies have inspired writers, poets, and other artists for thousands of years. Here are some dragonfly quotes that pay homage to these beautiful insects. And if you’d like to learn more about cultural depictions of dragonflies, please visit UniGuide’s post on dragonfly meaning and symbolism. Enjoy!

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

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

“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

Dragonfly Haiku

Dragonflies are the inspiration for a lot of Haiku poetry. Here is one example, and you can find more on the website The Haiku Project.

The beginning of autumn,
By the red dragon-fly.
– Shirao

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