Quotations About / On: BUTTERFLY

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    Butterfly that can fly should not think of himself as a bird
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    Butterfly that can fly should not think of himself as a bird
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    Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
    (Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Quoted in The Story of Cassius Clay, ch. 8, George Edward Sullivan (1964). Muhammad Ali's catchphrase was said to have originated with his aide Drew "Bundini" Brown.)
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    I shall state silences more competently than ever a better man spangled the butterflies of vertigo.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Belacqua, in Dream of Fair to Middling Women (written 1932, published 1992).)
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    Madam, or sir, would you visit on the butterfly the sins of the caterpillar?
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 22, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984). Spoken by the bachelor.)
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    Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?
    (Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735). The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs charges—an article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.)
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    Why has God his dew morngift sent? For cider, butterfly drinks, for lilac and jasmine scent
    (Saiom Shriver)
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    I became the butterfly. I got out of the cocoon, and I flew.
    (Lynn Redgrave (b. 1943), British actor; relocated to America. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 80 (June 6, 1993). The daughter and sister of famous and oppressive English actors, Redgrave was describing her resettlement from England to California, which was followed by a successful diet, marriage, and acting career.)
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    Butterflies ... not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.
    (Elizabeth Goudge (1900-1984), British novelist. The Child from the Sea, bk. 1, pt. 2, ch. 1 (1970).)
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    We pine for transformation and yet fail to realise that this cannot be brought about in small doses. A meaningful transformation is what takes place when a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. Those who have undergone such transformation, have revealed the profusion of positive energy their transformed entity has been charged with. We learnt about Dasyu Ratnakar's conversion to Rishi Valmiki; of Prince Sakya to Lord Buddha. The process involves total disconnect with the previous universe and leads to the unlocking of the perennial stream, of wonder and splendor, within a human being.
    (Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, lives in Bhubaneswar (India) . He is a former civil servant, a social activist and a columnist.)
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