Butterfly Poems

A Selection of Butterfly Prose and Quotes

“Often in life what appears to be an ending is really a glorious new beginning”.


Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.
~R.H. Heinlein


If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
~Author Unknown


The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.
~Attributed to George Carlin


What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.
~Richard Bach

But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
~Robert Frost, "Blue-Butterfly Day"


I saw a poet chase a butterfly in a meadow. He put his net on a bench
where a boy sat reading a book. It's a misfortune that it is usually
the other way round.
~Karl Kraus


The butterfly is a flying flower,
The flower a tethered butterfly.
~Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun


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

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

I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free.
~Charles Dickens


The butterfly's attractiveness derives not only from colors and
symmetry: deeper motives contribute to it. We would not think them so
beautiful if they did not fly, or if they flew straight and briskly like
bees, or if they stung, or above all if they did not enact the
perturbing mystery of metamorphosis: the latter assumes in our eyes the
value of a decoded message, a symbol, a sign.
~Primo Levi


And what's a butterfly? At best,
He's but a caterpillar, at rest.
~John Grey


Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating spring.
~Author Unknown

 


Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and
fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.

~Elizabeth Goudge


 

The butterfly, a cabbage-white,
(His honest idiocy of flight)
Will never now, it is too late,
Master the art of flying straight.
~Robert Graves, "Flying Crooked"


 

Know thyself! A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes
himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know
itself well would never become a butterfly.

~Andre Gide


 

Do ye not comprehend that we are worms,

Born to bring forth the angelic butterfly
That flieth unto judgment without screen?
~Dante Alighieri


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, /Stray Birds/


We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

~Maya Angelou


Just like the butterfly, I too will awaken in my own time.

~Deborah Chaskin

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