What you have witnessed since Christopher Hitchens’s opposition to the 1991 invasion of Iraq] is something unique in natural history: the first ever metamorphosis of a butterfly into a slug.
The dark notes rose everywhere, so dark, so sombre, they broke into a fountainlight as the rainbow sparkling and immaterial as invisible sources and echoes. The savannahs grew lonelyas the sea and broke again into a wave and forest. Tall trees with black marching boots and feet were clad in the spurs and sharp wings of a butterfly.Rolf Harris
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. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he learned to think and could not fly any more because the love of flight was gone and he could only remember when it had been effortless.ernest hemingway
I had eventually come to understand that friendship was a delicate, gradual process that mustn't be rushed or seized upon but allowed and encouraged to take its course over time. I pictured it as a butterfly, simultaneously beautiful and fragile, that once afloat belonged to the air and any attempt to grab at it would only destroy it.daniel tammet
A writer arrived at the monastery to write a book about the Master. "People say you are a genius . Are you?" he asked. "You might say so." said the Master, none too modestly. "And what makes one a genius?" "The ability to recognize." "Recognize what?" "The butterfly in a caterpillar: the eagle in an egg; the saint in a selfish human being."anthony de mello
With respect to the use of this sparkling coloured material (butterfly wings around 1955, fh) – the constituent parts of which remain indistinguishable – with the aim of producing a very vivid effect of scintillation, I realised that, for me, this responds to needs of the same order as those that formerly led me, in many drawings and paintings, to organize my lines and patches of colour so that the objects represented would meld into everything around them, so that the result would be a sort of continuous, universal soup with an intensive flavour of life.jean dubuffet
They should call the good man an ass ! They should call the bad ass a man ! ]]Ironically]] ... to speak thus of you, so smart, friend of the old and the young, of the stream and the butterfly , of the sun and the dog , of the flower and the moon , patient and thoughtful, melancholic and lovable, the Marcus Aurelius of the fields…juan ramón jiménez
Everyone is like a butterfly , they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.Drew Barrymore, in Richard Schrand Practical Poser 8: The Official Guide, Cengage Learning, 2011, p207
Gray sail against the sky, Gray butterfly! Have you a dream for going Or are you only the blind wind's blowing?Dana Burnet, A Sail at Twilight.
...but here am I; Once a caterpillar, now a butterfly.Pet Shop Boys, "Metamorphosis"
A butterfly Fluttering over the vendor's Dry flowers of spring Only two days it flies Caught by the lost boy Yet still.For Peng Fajardo by Shane Castro in The Now.
You are a beautiful, beautiful, little butterfly.Who: Dr. Gediman
Kill not the Moth nor butterfly, For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence" (ca. 1803).