Some insects are loved, others are hated. Butterflies are our favorites. Here are some quotes and proverbs about butterflies.



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It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.

Rob Gilbert

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

Vladimir Nabokov

Love is like a butterfly, hold it to tight it will crush, hold it to loose, it will fly.

Proverbs are like butterflies, some are caught, some fly away.

Take not a musket and kill a butterfly.

Don't use more force than is necessary.

The ant crept forth to her daily toil, the butterfly fluttered and basked in the warm rays of the sun; myriads of insects spread their transparent wings, and revelled in their brief but happy existence. Man walked forth, elated with the scene; and all was brightness and splendour.

The Pickwick Papers
Charles Dickens

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

Rabindranath Tagore

The butterfly often forgets it once was a caterpillar.


The butterfly that flies among the thorns will tear its wings.


The butterfly that settles on a branch is afraid that he will break it.


The lepidopterist who records in her notebook that a butterfly is blue may not stop to consider that this is true only because the giant ball of nuclear fuel ninety-three million miles away happens to maintain a surface temperature just right for shedding certain wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation on the Earth; that the eyes of humans have evolved to be sensitive to those wavelengths; that the eye can discriminate slightly different wavelengths as colours; that one of those colours has, by cultural consensus, been defined as 'blue', and so on. Nevertheless, science benefits from the lepidopterist's note that the butterfly is blue.

Seeing further: the story of science & the Royal Society
Bill Bryson

The sun was shining brilliantly, and it was a long while before he could bear it. When he could, he saw all round him a sea of dark green, ruffled here and there by the breeze; and there were everywhere hundreds of butterflies.

The Hobbit - Chapter 8 - Flies and Spiders
J.R.R. Tolkien
Bilbo on top of a tree.

There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly.

R. Buckminster Fuller

Two caterpillars are conversing and a beautiful butterfly floats by. One caterpillar turns and says to the other: 'You'll never see me flying like one of those butterflies.'

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.

Gerald Brenan

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.

Richard Bach

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

Richard Bach

What the caterpillar calls the end, the butterfly calls the beginning.

You are like the butterfly that flies from flower to flower.

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