Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Muhammad formerly Cassius Clay Ali
c.1964 Of his boxing style. Quoted in G Sullivan Cassius Clay (1964), ch.8.
Orchidbreathing incense into butterfly's wings Matsuo Basho
c.1689 On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho, no.166 (translated by Lucien Stryk).
The morals of a baboon and the guts of a butterfly. Truman Capote
Of Kenneth Tynan. Quoted in Gerald Clarke Capote (1988).
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
The Palace of the Peacock, ch.11.
The toad beneath the harrow knows Exactly where each tooth-point goes; The butterfly upon the road Preaches contentment to that toad. 470 (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling
Let Sporus tremble'What? that thing of silk, Sporus, that mere white curd of ass's milk? Satire or sense, alas! can Sporus feel? Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel? Alexander Pope
Of Lord Hervey.'An Epistle to DrArbuthnot', l.305^8.
An admiral red, whose only notion, (A butterfly poised on a pigtailed ocean) Is of the peruked sea whose swell Breaks on the flowerless rocks of Hell. Dame Edith Louisa SitwellSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Fa c° ade,'En Famille'.
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