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BUTTERFLIES
[ Also see Insects Moths ]

I'd be a butterfly, born in a bower,
  Where roses and lilies and violets meet.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        I'd be a Butterfly

Gray sail against the sky,
  Gray butterfly!
    Have you a dream for going.
      Or are you the blind wind's blowing?
      - Dana Burnet, A Sail at Twilight

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

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, Book of Songs--New Spring
         (no. 7)

Butterflies are not insects. . . . They are self-propelled flowers.
      - Robert A. Heinlein,
        The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

Far out at sea,--the sun was high,
  While veer'd the wind and flapped the sail,
    We saw a snow-white butterfly
      Dancing before the fitful gale,
        Far out at sea.
      - Richard Hengist (Henry) Horne, Genius

The gold-barr'd butterflies to and from
  And over the waterside wander'd and wove
    As heedless and idle as clouds that rove
      And drift by the peaks of perpetual snow.
      - Joaquin Miller (pseudonym of Cincinnatus Hiner Miller),
        Songs of the Sun-Lands--Isles of the Amazons
         (pt. III, st. 41)

And many an ante-natal tomb
  When butterflies dream of the life to come.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sensitive Plant

Much converse do I find in thee,
  Historian of my infancy!
    Float near me; do not yet depart!
      Dead times revive in thee:
        Thou bring'st, gay creature as thou art!
          A solemn image to my heart.
      - William Wordsworth, To a Butterfly


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