Top 74 Butterfly Quotes

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“If in 1989 I said, ‘I have an idea: Bottle water and sell it. And charge more than a beer,’ they would have chased me around with a giant butterfly net. The same with paying to watch a television station.”

― Adam Carolla

“I love the garishness of the ’90s – the giant platform shoes, the sparkly butterfly tops, the chokers.”

― Aisling Bea

“Just as the bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.”

― Alma Gluck

“Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrest his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.”

― Andre Gide

“Other people might want a Ferrari, but I wanted a butterfly house. I built it together with a blacksmith. We designed it together.”

― Andre Rieu

“In my iPod, there are many operas, from A to Z. I have ‘Aida’ and ‘Boheme’ and ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Cavalleria’. My passion is for opera, but when I’m in the car, I listen to everything.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“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

“Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and – as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis – emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness.”

― Annie Besant

“We did that with people like Chris Rock, Woody Harrelson, and the environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“Getting into drag almost seemed like, not my destiny, but you know how a caterpillar is gonna become a butterfly no matter what? It felt very like that.”

― Aquaria

“Social entrepreneurship is like a butterfly, sucking honey from a flower, but the flower won’t die. They’re helping the flower to make pollination.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“Doing voiceovers is so great because even though many people would think it’s just your voice, you really do use all your physicality. I’ve done everything from playing a butterfly to Alice in Wonderland when she’s 10 feet tall, so it allows you to be an actor and build new characters.”

― Ashley Bell

“Having done ‘M. Butterfly,’ I’m conscious of the choices women make with their clothes and makeup on screen.”

― B. D. Wong

“Books like Munro’s are so deeply personal and idiosyncratic that it feels like a violation to subject them to the crude business of committee meetings and PR releases; you might as well storm a butterfly den with a klieg light.”

― Ben Dolnick

“I’m still like a butterfly going from one job to another job. But it’s quite lovely – I hope to keep this freedom, to have fun.”

― Carine Roitfeld

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

― Drew Barrymore

“Life seeks life and loves life. The opening of a catkin of a willow, in the flight of the butterfly, in the chirping of a tree-toad or the sweep of an eagle – my life loves to see how others live, exults in their joy, and so far is partner in their great concern.”

― Edward Everett Hale

“I don’t really go out partying, but I’m definitely a social butterfly.”

― Eliza Doolittle

“I did great things in the theater. I did some nice roles, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ or ‘La Vie en Rose.’ And I love my role in ‘Frantic.’”

― Emmanuelle Seigner

“My education was paid for by the RAF Benevolent Fund, so a charity school, run like an orphanage, with uniforms and beatings. It was tough, but it got me to Cambridge – like being a chrysalis suddenly becoming a butterfly.”

― Eric Idle

“His talent was as natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“’Butterfly Mosque’ came out of the emails I wrote to family and friends back home after moving to Egypt.”

― G. Willow Wilson

“It’s very tough for me to focus. I’m like: ‘Look, something shiny! No, focus. Oh, there goes a butterfly!’”

― Gabby Douglas

“I was always super outgoing, loud, the social butterfly of my high school and elementary school.”

― Gigi Gorgeous

“I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one – like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.”

― Gillian Flynn

“I like to read books and be alone; I’m not social butterfly person. I’m sorry.”

― Hope Solo

“I like to read books and be alone; I’m not social butterfly person.”

― Hope Solo

“The trouble with most comedians who try to do satire is that they are essentially brash, noisy and indelicate people who have to use a sledge hammer to smash a butterfly.”

― Imogene Coca

“My favorite movie is ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.’”

― Jason Momoa

“Mahavishnu’s drummer Billy Cobham was the best I’d ever heard. Not loud, that’s not the secret – powerful as hell when he wanted to be – but 90 per cent of the time, he was just dancing with the drums, you know? Just like a butterfly, all over them.”

― Jeff Beck

“A cockroach likely has no less brainpower than a butterfly, but we’re quicker to deny it consciousness because it’s a species we dislike.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“I began writing when I was still in the British Foreign Service, and it was then understood that even if you wrote about butterfly collecting, you used another name.”

― John le Carre

“’M. Butterfly’ is usually the answer to the question, ‘What has been your favorite experience?’ The reason being, it is an astonishing play.”

― John Lithgow

“As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.”

― Joseph Conrad

“The cynic finds love with the idealist. The rebel with the conformist. The social butterfly with the bookworm. They help each other balance their lives.”

― Joyce Brothers

“I don’t do the media because of ‘Woo-woo, Julia Butterfly,’ as I call it. I’m not into promoting me. I’m into talking about why I’ve done what I’ve done, why I continue to do this work and why other people should care.”

― Julia Butterfly Hill

“When I first played some Coltrane-type stuff on the ‘Pimp a Butterfly’ sessions, Kendrick got it immediately. ‘I want it to sound like it’s on fire,’ he’d say. That’s the kind of common ground that the best jazz and the best hip-hop have.”

― Kamasi Washington

“I wasn’t a social butterfly at all.”

― Kate Bosworth

“When I go onstage, every situation I have to play, I feel pain. When I sing ‘Madama Butterfly’ I feel completely everything she felt: It’s horrible.”

― Kristine Opolais

“I mean, everything that is upon this earth, even from a worm or a caterpillar that blossoms into a butterfly, you know, these things are just amazing.”

― Lil B

“Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next.”

― Louie Schwartzberg

“Everybody knows what a caterpillar is, and it doesn’t look anything like a butterfly.”

― Lynn Margulis

“Making something and sending it out into the world and then people not only responding to it but adopting it for their own and making a separate thing for it, that’s beautiful. It just shows you how much you can affect other people… the butterfly effect of everything you put out into the world.”

― Marketa Irglova

“Is it sin, which makes the worm a chrysalis, and the chrysalis a butterfly, and the butterfly dust?”

― Max Muller

“I feel like the worst has happened to me, so what better person to skate to ‘Madame Butterfly’ than me?”

― Mirai Nagasu

“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

― Muhammad Ali

“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

“Butterfly was certainly a vehicle for me, and if it died, it still would have served its purpose, in spades. We never expected it to give me the visibility it has given me. It was just a small thing as a vehicle, and suddenly the whole world knew about it.”

― Pia Zadora

“The reason we shot it was that the script was geared to Las Vegas and it was something commercial that we wanted to have in the can in case Butterfly was a success and we needed a follow-up.”

― Pia Zadora

“I should like to present myself to the young painters of the year 2000 with the wings of a butterfly.”

― Pierre Bonnard

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

― R. Buckminster Fuller

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

― Rabindranath Tagore

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.”

― Richard Bach

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

― Richard Bach

“I realized what Led Zeppelin was about around the end of our first U.S. tour. We started off not even on the bill in Denver, and by the time we got to New York we were second to Iron Butterfly, and they didn’t want to go on!”

― Robert Plant

“I would like to think that the singer is the butterfly, and the drummer was just the little grub in the ground, working to become a caterpillar.”

― Robert Wyatt

“Going into auditions, there is a wonderful butterfly feeling in your stomach – an equal balance of being utterly terrified and exhilarated that this is your chance.”

― Rose Leslie

“What’s a butterfly garden without butterflies?”

― Roy Rogers

“I was kind of a loser at ballet school. It’s all rich kids, and I was not a wealthy kid. I didn’t have the Chanel butterfly clip everyone else did.”

― Sarah Hay

“I’m Serena Williams on the court, but away I have so many different names. I call myself Butterfly.”

― Serena Williams

“Never touch a butterfly’s wing with your finger.”

― Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

“I race six events. I specialise in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle, and it’s not impossible, but it is hard to be able to race every single race, and day after day as well.”

― Sophie Pascoe

“Music is quicksilver, gossamer; careers are measured in butterfly lifetimes.”

― Stacey D’Erasmo

“David knew everyone because he’s such a social butterfly.”

― Stephen Stills

“The film ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,’ based the book of the same name, has a line that enlightens and comforts me. The protagonist, who has lost all ability to move except one eye, discusses his role as a father. He notes, ‘Even a fraction of a father is still a father.’”

― Steve Gleason

“Bottom trawling is a ghastly process that brings untold damage to sea beds that support ocean life. It’s akin to using a bulldozer to catch a butterfly, destroying a whole ecosystem for the sake of a few pounds of protein. We wouldn’t do this on land, so why do it in the oceans?”

― Sylvia Earle

“My dad is a Chatty Cathy, the social butterfly; friendly; knows everybody in the whole world by six degrees; tells me that every performance is the greatest he’s ever seen, every new outfit is the coolest. Constant cheerleader.”

― Taylor Swift

“The term ‘breakout’ always makes me think of an inmate or some butterfly emerging out of a cocoon.”

― Tessa Thompson

“I remember, with Kendrick on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly,’ I was in tears. I literally was because it had pulled me and pushed me and stretched me and crushed me and expanded me. It was like I didn’t know which way was up. By the end of it, I felt like I was floating in the ocean like a carcass.”

― Thundercat

“Even the pictures I was doing at college – a little narrative based on a butterfly catcher, or a chimney sweep – the images were always telling stories. They were all scenarios and moods which I storyboarded and worked through – it’s exactly what I do now.”

― Tim Walker

“And when I was angry, when I was younger, I was in a cocoon. Now I’m a beautiful, black butterfly.”

― Tracy Morgan

“When I ran, I felt like a butterfly that was free.”

― Wilma Rudolph

“I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”

― Zhuangzi
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