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. ~ Chuang Tzu
What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ~ Richard Bach
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~ Author Unknown
We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever. ~ Carl Sagan
Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ~ Robert Heinlein
The butterfly is a flying flower, The flower a tethered butterfly. ~ Ponce Denis Écouchard Lebrun
The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity. ~ Attributed to George Carlin
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 least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of butterflies in the adjoining meadows. ~ P.G. Wodehouse
There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly. ~ Richard Buckminster Fuller
I only ask to be free. The butterflies are free. ~ Charles Dickens
The fluttering of a butterfly's wings can effect climate changes on the other side of the planet. ~ Paul Erlich
And what's a butterfly? At best, He's but a caterpillar, drest. ~ John Grey
(The above are all British butterflies with the exception of the black and yellow cocoon which is a moth - the Magpie moth.)
A P.S. added after Librarian's comment. I should really have named the butterflies but I was afraid of distracting from the quotations. So here they are - in order from the top:-
Magpie Moth chrysalis
Caterpillar of Large White (Cabbage White)
Mating Sliver-studded Blues
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