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Butterflies Quotes

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

John Keats
“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, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

George Carlin
“The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”
George Carlin

Robert A. Heinlein
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”
Robert A. Heinlein

Sanober  Khan
“a flower knows, when its butterfly will return,
and if the moon walks out, the sky will understand;
but now it hurts, to watch you leave so soon,
when I don't know, if you will ever come back.”
Sanober Khan

Ellen DeGeneres
“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.”
Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is...

Philip Pullman
“You are so young, Lyra, too young to understand this, but I shall tell you anyway and you'll understand it later: men pass in front of our eyes like butterflies, creatures of a brief season. We love them; they are brave, proud, beautiful, clever; and they die almost at once. They die so soon that our hearts are continually racked with pain. We bear their children, who are witches if they are female, human if not; and then in the blink of an eye they are gone, felled, slain, lost. Our sons, too. When a little boy is growing, he thinks he is immortal. His mother knows he isn't. Each time becomes more painful, until finally your heart is broken. Perhaps that is when Yambe-Akka comes for you. She is older than the tundra. Perhaps, for her, witches' lives are as brief as men's are to us.”
Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass

Lisa Genova
“She liked being reminded of butterflies. She remembered being six or seven and crying over the fates of the butterflies in her yard after learning that they lived for only a few days. Her mother had comforted her and told her not to be sad for the butterflies, that just because their lives were short didn't mean they were tragic. Watching them flying in the warm sun among the daisies in their garden, her mother had said to her, see, they have a beautiful life. Alice liked remembering that.”
Lisa Genova, Still Alice

Gemma Malley
“He said that we belonged together because he was born with a flower and I was born with a butterfly and that flowers and butterflies need each other for survival.”
Gemma Malley, The Declaration

Karen Kingsbury
“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, Oceans Apart

Alice Hoffman
“Some things, when they change, never do return to the way they once were. Butterflies for instance, and women who've been in love with the wrong man too often.”
Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic

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

Haruki Murakami
“Hundreds of butterflies flitted in and out of sight like short-lived punctuation marks in a stream of consciousness without beginning or end.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Robert A. Heinlein
“Butterflies are not insects,' Captain John Sterling said soberly. 'They are self-propelled flowers.”
Robert A. Heinlein, The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

“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

“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

Arakida Moritake
“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
But no, a butterfly.”
Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology

Erik Pevernagie
“If we cannot flap with the butterflies of “happiness,” we must bring to life the cascades of “joy,” conjuring up the spell of its enchantment and rolling cheerfully on the splashing waves of the future. ("Waiting for Mr. Out-placer")”
Erik Pevernagie

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

Haruki Murakami
“Is it possible to become friends with a butterfly?"

"It is if you first become a part of nature. You suppress your presence as a human being, stay very still, and convince yourself that you are a tree or grass or a flower. It takes time, but once the butterfly lets its guard down, you can become friends quite naturally."

...

" ... I come here every day, say hello to the butterflies, and talk about things with them. When the time comes, though, they just quietly go off and disappear. I'm sure it means they've died, but I can never find their bodies. They don't leave any trace behind. It's like they've been absorbed by the air. They're dainty little creatures that hardly exist at all: they come out of nowhere, search quietly for a few, limited things, and disappear into nothingness again, perhaps to some other world.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 Book 1

Jane Yolen
“You can only chase a butterfly for so long.”
Jane Yolen, Prince Across the Water

Ilona Andrews
“Minutes passed by. A little blue butterfly landed on my nose. I blinked at it and it fluttered to my ear. A big yellow butterfly gently floated over and landed on my paw. Soon a whole swarm of them floated up and down around me, like a swirl of multicolored petals. It happened in my backyard, too, if the magic was strong enough. Butterflies were small and light, and very magic sensitive. For some reason I made them feel safe and they gravitated to me like iron shavings to a magnet. They ruined my ferocious badass image, but you’d have to be a complete beast to swat butterflies.

If a baby deer frolicked out from between the buildings trying to cuddle up, I would roar. I wouldn’t bite it, but I would roar. I had my limits.”
Ilona Andrews, Hexed

Matsuo Bashō
“Ballet in the air...
Twin butterflies until, twice white
They Meet, they mate”
Bashō, Japanese Haiku

Nalini Singh
“Illium says that perhaps I can use them to flutter someone to death.
- Aodhan to Jason, Archangel's Storm”
Nalini Singh, Archangel's Storm

Katsura Hoshino
“They're butterflies because...well, he thought it was cool. They eat humans.”
Katsura Hoshino, D.Gray-man, Vol. 11

A. Zavarelli
“The thing about butterflies, Mr. Crow, is that they need to be admired from afar.”
A. Zavarelli, Crow

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies. It seems that they are very beautiful.
And if not the butterflies– and the caterpillars– who will call upon me? You will be far away. . . as for the large animals– I am not at all afraid of any of them. I have my claws.”
And, navely, she showed her four thorns. Then she added:
“Don’t linger like this. You have decided to go away. Now go!”
For she did not want him to see her crying. She was such a proud flower. . .”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Jeanette LeBlanc
“Butterflies are beautiful, but the process of emerging from the chrysalis and spreading your wings can hurt like fucking hell. But still, you will survive the transformation (over and over again) and you will fly. Remember this when it hurts the most. This is the metamorphosis, the going down to liquid, and the rising again. It’s no joke – but damn, it’s one hell of a journey.”
Jeanette LeBlanc

Laini Taylor
“Oh, gross. Your stomach is full of butterfly barf!”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

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