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Butterfly Quotes Honoring Your Own Metamorphosis

Want to spark your own metamorphosis? Allow these butterfly quotes to help!

Let these butterfly quotes help you learn to trust our own processes, even if sometimes along the way things seem uncertain or nearly impossible.

Change is good, and these butterfly quotes will show you just how powerful a transformation can be.

Some of the most beautiful things in life come from unsuspecting situations, so use these quotes about butterflies to inspire your own metamorphosis!

The butterfly has one of the most fascinating life cycles of all creatures. 

Before growing into an adult, it goes through various stages, with each stage having a different goal.

For instance, caterpillars need to eat a lot, while adults need to reproduce.

The butterfly starts life as a tiny egg that hatches to form a caterpillar.

Once it has hatched, the caterpillar needs to eat plenty of food so it can grow quickly.

As soon as the caterpillar is done growing, it forms itself into a pupa – the resting and changing stage.

During this stage, it undergoes remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis,’ to become a colorful and adorable butterfly that’s ready to share its beauty with the world.

We can learn a lot of lessons about our own growth process from the butterfly life cycle.

The process of metamorphosis relates in many ways with our own moments of transformation.

For a caterpillar to become a butterfly it must change.

Likewise, nothing in our human world is permanent.

Some things go and are replaced by new ones.

Sometimes we have to let the old go so that the new can come.

Despite the cocoon being the comfort zone of the caterpillar, it has to emerge from this state.

Otherwise, we would never have the beautiful butterfly.

Similarly, you have to get out of your comfort zone and try new things if you want to move forward.

The butterfly is a great symbol of change, transition, adaptation, and growth. 

In that respect, below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and beautiful butterfly quotes, butterfly sayings, and butterfly proverbs, collected from a variety of sources over the years.

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Butterfly quotes honoring your own metamorphosis

1. ”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.” – Richard Bach

2. ”Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.” – Drew Barrymore

3. ”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.” – Louie Schwartzberg

4. ”There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller

5. ”And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I’m a beautiful, black butterfly.” – Tracy Morgan

Butterfly quotes honoring your own metamorphosis

6. ”I embrace emerging experience. I participate in discovery. I am a butterfly. I am not a butterfly collector. I want the experience of the butterfly.” – William Stafford

7. “Adding wings to caterpillars does not create butterflies, it creates awkward and dysfunctional caterpillars. Butterflies are created through transformation.” – Stephanie Marshall

8. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou

9. ”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 knew, they can do it at any time and in countless ways.” – Dodinsky

10. ”A caterpillar, after its deep slumber, ‘wakes up to reality’ to realize, that truth is not always bitter after all!” – Manali Oak

Butterfly quotes to celebrate your transformation

11. ”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.” – Trina Paulus

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.” – Annie Besant

13. ”A great beginning is sometimes at the point of what you thought would be the end of everything.” – Dodinsky

14. ”I’ve always loved butterflies, because they remind us that it’s never too late to transform ourselves.” – Drew Barrymore

15. ”If nothing ever changed, there would be no such things as butterflies.” – Wendy Mass

Butterfly quotes to celebrate your transformation

16. “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- when being a caterpillar feels somehow false and yet we don’t know who we are supposed to become. 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.” – Elizabeth Lesser

17. ”And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.” – Ruskin Bond

18. “If there is one creature that represents my essence, it’s butterflies.” – Patricia Velasquez

19. ”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

20. “Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine.” – Jeffrey Glassberg

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21. ”Butterflies are God’s confetti, thrown upon the Earth in celebration of His love.” – K. D’Angelo

22. ”I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.” – Charles Dickens

23. “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.” – Phil Robinson

24. “Bees sip honey from flowers and hum their thanks when they leave. The gaudy butterfly is sure that the flowers owe thanks to him.” – Rabindranath Tagore

25. “Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don’t (…) Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That’s me and my memories.” – Douglas Coupland

26. “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” – Helen Keller

Butterfly quotes to inspire positive change

27. ”We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are. We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them. It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it. Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

28. “I’d be a butterfly; living a rover, Dying when fair things are fading away.” – Thomas Haynes Bayly

29. “Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There’s no better way to fly.” – Patrick Monahan

30. “Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen?” – Dante Alighieri

Butterfly quotes to inspire you to keep moving forward

31. ”Love is like a butterfly, a rare and gentle thing.” – Dolly Parton

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32. ”I sting like a butterfly and punch like a flea.” – Si Robertson

33. ”If you want to fly, you have to flap your own wings!” – Claire Williams

34. “A butterfly symbolized acceptance of each new phase in life. To keep faith as everything around you changed.” – Lisa Kleypas

35. “When, within our souls and psyches we are made aware of a safe but insistent drum beat, repeated like butterfly wings in motion, we sense the message…that our inner self has begun its search for freedom.” – Mary Meeker

36. “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.” – Thomas Berry

37. ”You’ve got to be like a butterfly and have a metamorphosis.” – Mike Markkula

Butterfly quotes to inspire you to keep moving forward

38. “Open your heart and mind like the wings of a butterfly. See then how high you CAN fly.” – Zeenat Aman

39. ”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.” – Krystal

40. ”Read like a butterfly, write like a bee.” – Philip Pullman

Butterfly quotes to inspire and teach

41. ”I never really got obsessed about one thing for long. I was a bit of a butterfly and a magpie.” – Benedict Cumberbatch

42. ”Once you let people know anything about what you think, that’s it, you’re dead. Then they’ll be jumping about in your mind, taking things out, holding them up to the light and killing them, yes, killing them, because thoughts are supposed to stay and grow in quiet, dark places, like butterflies in cocoons.” – Helen Oyeyemi

43. ”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.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

44. ”When it comes to religion today, we tend to be long on butterflies and short on cocoons. Somehow we’re going to have to relearn that the deep things of God don’t come suddenly.” – Sue Monk Kidd

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45. ”There’s a metaphor Vincent Eades likes to use: “If you examine a butterfly according to the laws of aerodynamics, it shouldn’t be able to fly. But the butterfly doesn’t know that, so it flies.” – Howard Schultz

46. ”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

47. ”Fighting has taught me that the caterpillar takes a while to turn into a majestic butterfly.” – Jesse Taylor

butterfly quotes to inspire and teach

48. ”Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem for the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.” – Pat Barker

49. ”Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.” – Kendrick Lamar

50. ”For a new year to bring you something new, make a move, like a butterfly tearing its cocoon! Make a move!” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

Butterfly quotes that will change the way you think

51. “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.” – Necole Stephens

52. “Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.” – Author Unknown

53. “Butterflies are self propelled flowers.” – R.H. Heinlein

54. “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.” – Emme Rollins

55. “Nature’s message was always there and for us to see. It was written on the wings of butterflies.” – Kjell B. Sandved

56. “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.” – Author Unknown

57. “How does one become a butterfly?
You have to want to learn to fly so much that you
Are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” – Unknown

58. “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?” – Chuang Tzu

59. “Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Andersen

60. “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

61. “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

62. “Children are caterpillars and adults are butterflies. No butterfly ever remembers what it felt like being a caterpillar.”― Cornelia Funke

63. “Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and still become something beautiful.” – Unknown

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

65. “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

Butterfly quotes to broaden your thoughts

66. “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

67. “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.” – Naya Rivera

68. “I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one – like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.” – Gillian Flynn

69. “Don’t be afraid. Change is such a beautiful thing”, said the Butterfly.” – Sabrina Newby

70. “Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.” – Deborah Chaskin

71. “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.” – Ram Dass

72. “The butterfly does not count the months of its life but rather it counts the moments and yet all the time it has is still enough.” – Rabindranath Tagore

73. “Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.” – Unknown

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74. “Awaken to the universes simple gift of the butterfly. Watch with fascination and joy as a jeweled treasure glides by and gently touches your soul.” – K. D’Angelo

75. “What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?” — Roy Rogers

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Butterfly quotes to elevate your mind

76. “Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.” – R.H. Heinlein

77. “Just living isn’t enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” – Hans Christian Anderson

78. “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.” – Zhuangzi

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79. “Be like a butterfly and a flower—beautiful and sought after, yet unassuming and gentle.” – Jarod Kintz

80. “Soar up high with the beauty and grace of a butterfly.” – Unknown

81. “The butterfly does not look back upon its caterpillar self, either fondly or wistfully; it simply flies on.” – Guillermo del Toro

82. “The butterfly is a flying flower, the flower a tethered butterfly.” – Ponce Denis Ecouchard Lebru

83. “The fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet.” – Paul Erlich

84. “The butterfly flits from bloom to bloom, as not to miss one fragrant plume. In her sight exists no garden finale, only paradise of flowered hill and valley.” – K. D’Angelo

85. “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” — Richard Bach

Other inspirational butterfly quotes

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

87. “Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly, and then everything will be better.” – Unknown

88. “As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

89. “Butterflies…flowers that fly and all but sing.” – Robert Frost

90. “When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.” – Wilma Rudolph

91. “Beautiful and graceful, butterflies lift our spirits with their loveliness and lyric flight.” – Gloria B. Schlaepfer

92. “Failure is like a caterpillar before it becomes a butterfly.” – Peta Kelly

93. “Butterflies love to be out in the sunshine, just like people. You can look for them on warm, bright sunny days.” – John Woodward

94. “Butterflies, they are like dream flowers, childhood dreams, which have broken loose from their stalks and escaped into the sunshine.” – Unknown

95. “Americans consider the butterfly a symbol of good fortune and some tribes believe they bring the blessing of sleep and peaceful dreams.” – Tom Frost

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96. “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 fifty common years could ever contain.” – John Keats

97. “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” – George Carlin

98. “Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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

100. “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.” – Alice Hoffman

101. “You can only chase a butterfly for so long.” – Jane Yolen

102. “Among the varied species of insects, butterflies are the most poetic.” – Ana Gerhard

103. “Butterflies are the most beautiful creatures ever. They should call them beautiflies, don’t you think?” – Richelle E. Goodrich

104. “Butterflies used to reproduce on the native plants that grew in our yards before the plants were bulldozed and replaced with lawn. To have butterflies in our future, we need to replace those lost host plants, no if’s, and’s or but’s. If we do not, butterfly populations will continue to decline with every new house that is built.” – Douglas Tallamy

105. “Catching butterflies won’t give you a taste of freedom but the knowledge that weights are not carried in wings.” – Goitsemang Mvula

Poignant butterfly quotes

106. “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali

107. “Take time to be a butterfly.” — Gillian Duce, The Winning Game (Magic and Mayhem #2)

108. “Butterflies are nature’s angels. They remind us what a gift it is to be alive.” — Robyn Nola

109. “You do not just wake up and become the butterfly. Growth is a process.” — Rupi Kaur

110. “She is like a butterfly; beautiful to look at but hard to catch.” — Nikki Rowe

111. “Go on, hitch a ride on the back of a butterfly. There’s no better way to fly.” — Train, “Get To Me”

112. “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.” — Naya Riviera

113. “A season of loneliness and isolation is when the caterpillar gets its wings. Remember that next time you feel alone.” — Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass

114. “We can learn a lesson from the butterfly beginning its life crawling along the ground, then spinning a cocoon, patiently waiting until the day it will fly.” — Heather Wolf, Kipnuk the Talking Dog

115. “​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.” — ​Carin, Patch Adams

More butterfly quotes and sayings

116. “A butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.” – Marlene Van Niekerk

117. “You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry.” – Melody Lee

118. “The butterfly is a flying flower. The flower is a tethered butterfly.” – Ponce Denis

119. “A butterfly is a miracle, a divine creation that fleets, propelling the caterpillar within, an array of predators it cheats.” – Unknown

120. “We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.” – Carl Sagan

121. “A caterpillar is a butterfly in disguise.” – Unknown

122. “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.” – Heinrich Heine

123. “Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

124. “When the spirit of nature touches us, our hearts turn into a butterfly.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan

125. “I don’t really go out partying, but I’m definitely a social butterfly.” – Eliza Doolittle

Butterfly quotes to inspire you to spread your wings

126. “This flesh in which we live is nothing more than a cocoon, and only when we step out of it do we truly begin to live.” ― Nancy Stephan

127. “And to me also, who appreciate life, the butterflies, and soap-bubbles, and whatever is like them amongst us, seem most to enjoy happiness.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

128. “He was comparing you to the butterflies that you both adore and cherish, and he said you were special for the same reasons: you were rare, exotic and entirely you. He said you’re beautiful exactly the way are now.” ― Cecelia Ahern

129. “Butterflies,
the embodiment of myth,
the articulation of the past,
first for the elite,
then for the rest of us.”
― Brian D’Ambrosio

130. “Butterflies better understand than you, the meaning of love and sacrifices one must make for their beloved.” ― M.F. Moonzajer

131. “Butterflies are nature’s tragic heroes. They 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.” ― Kelseyleigh Reber

132. “For when ideas flutter in haze, we collaborate without notice and collect them as butterflies only to set them free into the world.” ― Shawn Lukas

133. “The butterflies have flown away, like my ignorance and youth.” ― Eileen Granfors

134. “It’s the butterflies in our bellies, and the lightening in our eyes that tells me this all makes so much fucking sense.” ― LeAnne Mechelle

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135. “His Nana’s prayers were moving toward his mother like little butterflies of thoughts wrapped in the most beautiful colors. Each prayer looked like a mini-rainbow.” ― H. L. Balcomb

 Beautiful butterfly quotes

136. “Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.” -Vladimir Nabokov

137. “Without butterflies, the world would soon have few flowers. There is enough room in the sky for all flyers.” -Trina Paulus

138. “Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.” -Federico Garcia Lorca

139. “Men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season.” -Philip Pullman

140. “The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is indescribable. It’s very heavenly.” -Louie Schwatzberg

141. “Somebody like Bowie was so interesting because when you got him off stage, he was like a businessman. But on stage, he was just dazzling. It was like watching butterflies grow.” -D.A. Pennebaker

142. “I have grown up on a diet of sunrise picnics, learning the names of butterflies, planting trees.” -Dia Marza

143. “When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.”  -Dean Jackson 

144. “But on paper, things can live forever.

On paper, a butterfly

never dies.”

 -Jacqueline Woodson

145. “Let us find inner freedom in each lucky moment that we encounter, like a sun-basking butterfly that finds peace on a cherry blossom petal.” -Erik Pevernagie 

Butterfly quotes to help to become a better person

146. “Alongside the practical thought something else struggled and, like an escaped butterfly, took wing: the assurance of something wonderful awaiting her. Just around the corner.” – Norah Lofts

147. “Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn’t look anything like a butterfly.” – Lynn Margulis

148. “I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar.” – Robert Wyatt

149. “Doing voiceovers is so great because even though many people would think it’s just your voice, you really do use all your physicality. I’ve done everything from playing a butterfly to Alice in Wonderland when she’s 10 feet tall, so it allows you to be an actor and build new characters.” – Ashley Bell

150. “The term ‘breakout’ always makes me think of an inmate or some butterfly emerging out of a cocoon.” – Tessa Thompson

151. “They seemed to suddenly come upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in a winter wood.” – Edith Wharton

152. “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.” – Sanober Khan

153. “Story is a butterfly whose wings transport us to another world where we receive gifts that change who we are and who we want to be.” – Harley King

154. “Nature was one of the key forces that brought me back to God, for I wanted to know the Artist responsible for beauty such as I saw on grand scale in photos from space telescopes or on minute scale such as in the intricate designs on a butterfly wing.” – Philip Yancey

155. “I welcome all butterflies into my heart because that feeling is a constant reminder of how alive and full of love I truly am.” – Karen A. Baquiran

Butterfly Quotes About Real Life

156. “Life without pain is a life spent in a cocoon. You gotta break the cocoon to experience your beauty.” — Shubhi

157. “Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average lifespan is a mere five to fourteen days.” — Ellen DeGeneres

158. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar story is about hope. You, like the little caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings, and fly off into the future.” — Eric Carle

159. “…Nine butterflies appear within an hour, not on the wing but in the word, bringing a message of transformation and hope.” — Carol Lynn Pearson

160. “In mythology throughout the world, the butterfly represents the soul and its journey in this life and the next.” — Tom Frost

161. “A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.” — André Gide

162. “If you smile when you see a butterfly, you have happiness in your soul.” — Diana Cooper

163. “When I was 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.” — Anna Pavlova

164. “The wings of transformation are born of patience and struggle.”— Janet Dickens

165. “Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.” — Mario Quintana

Butterfly Quotes To Apply In Your Life

166. “Butterflies are but flowers that blew away one sunny day when Nature was feeling at her most inventive and fertile.” — George Sand

167. “Caterpillars can fly, if they just lighten up.” — Scott J. Simmerman Ph.D.

168. “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 us all.” — George Vaillant

169. “The uglier the caterpillar the lovelier the butterfly.” — Matshona Dhliwayo

170. “I am a believer of the butterfly effect. A small positive vibration can change the entire cosmos.” ― Amit Ray

171. “The power of Butterfly must be, the Aptitude to fly, meadows of majesty concedes, and easy sweeps of sky.” — Emily Dickinson

172. “Self-realization is a strange term. You don’t actually realize yourself. If anything, you go away. The caterpillar enters the cocoon of meditation: A butterfly emerges, metamorphosis.” — Frederick Lindemann

173. “When I was a cute little caterpillar, you loved me. So I became a butterfly so you would never leave.” — Crystal Woods

174. “Butterflies are not called butterflies overnight. They have to undergo tons of changes in order to acquire that name.” — Michael Bassey Johnson

175. “Beauty is where the beheld butterfly disappears from sight.” — R.H. Peat

Thought Provoking Butterfly Quotes

176. “Just because [butterflies’] lives were short didn’t mean they were tragic… See, they have a beautiful life.” ― Lisa Genova

177. “Thou cannot harm a butterfly, without troubling a star.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

178. “Oh, gross. Your stomach is full of butterfly barf!” ― Laini Taylor

179. “My diving bell becomes less oppressive, and my mind takes flight like a butterfly.” ― Jean-Dominique Bauby

180. “The possibilities for immortality are endless. Here you sit reading these words, a butterfly resting on a flower!” ― Frederick Lenz

181. “Large flocks of butterflies, all kinds of happy insects, seem to be in a perfect fever of joy and sportive gladness.” ― John Muir

182. “Of all the butterflies that chose to stay, I’m in love with the one that got away.” ― Laura Miller

183. “Since when does the butterfly ask about the caterpillar?” ― Cornelia Funke

184. “A pinned butterfly holds no delight. A pinned butterfly is nothing like a butterfly at all.” ― Patrick Rothfuss

185. “Butterfly upon my hand, A voice of wonder within my mind, not my own but the butterfly’s.” ― Jazz Feylynn

Which of these butterfly quotes was your favorite?

With the ups and down of life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with unhelpful thoughts and feelings that can consume us and get in the way of finding joy and meaning in life.

The life cycle of a butterfly can teach us a lot about letting go of negative thoughts and feelings and finding a way to make progress.

Hopefully, the above quotes will inspire you to keep moving forward regardless of circumstance.

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  1. Nichole

    June 12, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Just love this article… so helpful in embracing change & transformation in our life in a beautiful way. Thank you!

  2. Mini

    May 4, 2020 at 2:35 AM

    Quote “With the ups and down of life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with unhelpful thoughts and feelings that can consume us and get in the way of finding joy and meaning in life.”

    Well said. And reading through these quotes on butterflies… I have to say one’s perception towards life changes easily. Thank you for bringing together the master works of great people that inspire people for generations.

  3. Joe Ann

    November 22, 2019 at 11:48 PM

    “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou – It’s like childbirth…A Mother Delights in her Beautiful Baby & forget about the pains of ChildBirth.

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