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65 Butterfly Quotes Honoring Your Own Metamorphosis

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

Published on September 30, 2019 6:00 AM EST
Butterfly Quotes Honoring Your Own Metamorphosis

We must always trust our own process, 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!

Butterfly Quotes Honoring 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 which 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 for 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.

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. ”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

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

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

Butterfly quotes to inspire positive change

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

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

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

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.

Did you enjoy these butterfly quotes? Which of the quotes resonated with you best? Let us know in the comment section below.

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    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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