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Butterfly Quotes and Sentiments

Updated on June 16, 2012

"If Nothing Ever Changed, There Would Be No Butterflies"

Who doesn't adore butterflies? And when we can't adore them in the garden, we can adore and appreciate them through words that describe their nature. Many people have captured the beauty and wisdom of the butterfly and I think you will enjoy the quotes and sentiments I have collected here. Think about using them for a special card or a Summer scrapbook layout, and check back frequently as new quotes flutter by.

Butterfly Beauty ...

"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

"Butterflies are self propelled flowers." R.H. Heinlein

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

"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 badly decoded message, a symbol, a sign." ~Primo Levi

Butterfly Wisdom ...

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom

and a little flower." ~Hans Christian Anderson

"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

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly."

Richard Bach

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."

Rabindranath Tagore

Butterfly Love ...

"Love is like a butterfly: It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes." ~Author Unknown

"Love is like a butterfly: if you

hold it too close you can kill it,

but if you don't hold it close enough,

it can fly away."

Butterfly Blessings ...

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

~Irish Blessing

Butterfly Poetry ...

"The air is like a butterfly

With frail blue wings

The happy earth looks at the sky

And sings."

Joyce Kilmer "Joy."

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, "New Spring"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Magically beautiful ~ Joyful Thank you <3

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The butterfly amazes me as it begins life in a cocoon until the beautiful wings work to emerge. It is truly a symbol of life.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Love the butterfly quotes and poems! Not sure which quote I like better: Nathaniel Hawthorne's or Richard Bach's!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Simply beautiful! My daughter has butterflies all over her room!