Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest
passions known to man Vladimir Nabokov
Musical ideas sprang to my mind like a flight of butterflies,
and all I had to do was to stretch out my hand to catch them. Charles Gounod
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised
a butterfly in the winter woods. Edith Wharton
Do ye not comprehend that we are worms born to bring forth the
angelic butterfly that flieth unto judgment without screen? Dante Alighieri
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
She was the prettiest, silliest, most affected, husband-hunting
butterfly ever. Mary Russell Mitford On Jane Austen.
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
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
Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel? Alexander Pope
Never touch a butterfly's wing with your finger. Sidonie Gabrielle
We are closer to the ants than to butterflies. Very few people
can endure much leisure. Gerald Brenan
The tulip and the butterfly
Appear in gayer coats than I:
Let me be dressed fine as I will,
Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still. Isaac Watts
Gray sail against the sky,
Have you a dream for going.
Or are you the blind wind's blowing? Dana Burnet
I'd be a butterfly, born in a bower,
Where roses and lilies and violets meet. Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley)
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
In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly.
But with humans it is the other way around: a lovely butterfly
turns into a repulsive caterpillar. Anton Chekhov
Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today,
I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume
it was going to Bloomingdales to buy a hat that will turn out
to be a mistake - as almost all hats are. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly From movie, You're Got Mail.
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is
forever. Carl Sagan
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. Charles Dickens Bleak House.