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 'Pagett, MP'.
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',
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 Sitwell Fa c° ade,'En Famille'.