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37 Inspirational Butterfly Quotes to Lift Up Your Day

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In this post we will look at a collection of inspirational butterfly quotes and sayings that will encourage and brighten your day. These quotes about butterflies would work great in your journal, artwork, school papers and more.

I thought after writing Understanding Butterfly Dreams and Are Butterflies in the Bible? it would be fun to bring you a selection of butterfly quotes. All these quotes are meant to inspire, encourage, and be fun.

You will find a mix of some long and short butterfly quotes. Which, is great if you are looking for a certain length for journaling, art/decor, or other purpose.

Inspirational Butterfly Quotes

Alright, lets get down to business!

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Inspirational Butterfly Quotes & Sayings

“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

“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

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

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

“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

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

“Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again.” – Max Lucado

“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.” ― Trina Paulus

You put butterflies back into my soul and painted their wings with passion and poetry. ―Melody Lee

I think that positivity, real positivity, is like the butterflies. The whole essence of the butterfly: caterpillar, cocoon, winged creature. When I look at a butterfly, I not only see a winged beauty, but I also see a strong beauty. ― C. JoyBell C.

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

“I tell of hearts and souls and dances…
Butterflies and second chances;
Desperate ones and dreamers bound,
Seeking life from barren ground,
Who suffer on in earthly fate
The bitter pain of agony hate,
Might but they stop and here forgive
Would break the bonds to breathe and live
And find that God in goodness brings
A chance for change, the hope of wings
To rest in Him, and self to die
And so become a butterfly.” ―Karen Kingsbury

Inspiring and beautiful butterfly quote

“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.”
― Patch Adams

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

“A power of Butterfly must be –
The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes
And easy Sweeps of Sky ”
― Emily Dickinson

“I wish I could see butterflies burst from cocoons without tempering my amazement. Knowing all beauty eventually dies.” – Justin Wetch

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

“But on paper, things can live forever.
On paper, a butterfly
never dies.”― Jacqueline Woodson

Hans Christian Anderson Butterfly Quote

“I know life is not rainbows and butterflies, but I’d rather die delusional than being a mature cynic.” ― Abhaidev

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

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

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

“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

“Butterflies 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

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

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

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Unknown

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

“When 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

“God changes caterpillars into butterflies. Sand into pearls and coal into diamonds. Using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.” – Unknown

“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

“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

Be like a butterfly quote

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

“How does one become butterfly?’ Pooh asked pensively.
‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar,’ Piglet replied.
‘You mean to die?’ asked Pooh.
‘Yes and no,’ he answered. ‘What looks like you will die, but what’s really you will live on.”
– A.A. Milne

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

“God bestowed upon nature a beautiful bounty of butterflies only to complete his picture-perfect scape.” – Unknown

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


To finish up on these inspirational butterfly quotes I thought Bob Carlisle’s Butterflies Kisses song would fit perfectly!

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