Quotations for Transformation

A selection of quotes pertinent to our Main Theme article


When she transformed into a butterfly, the caterpillars spoke not of her beauty, but of her weirdness. They wanted her to change back into what she always had been. But she had wings.  ― Dean Jackson

We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.  ― LeeAnn Taylor

In her novel Regeneration, Pat Barker writes of a doctor who 'knew only too well how often the early stages of change or cure may mimic deterioration. Cut a chrysalis open, and you will find a rotting caterpillar. What you will never find is that mythical creature, half caterpillar, half butterfly, a fit emblem of the human soul, for those whose cast of mind leads them to seek such emblems. No, the process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay.  ― Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Like a butterfly stuck in a chrysalis, waiting for the perfect moment, I was waiting for the day I could burst forth and fly away and find my home.
― Emme Rollins, Dear Rockstar

Don't be so stuck in a situation or feeling that when the tide turns you can't see the transformation or manifestation. The caterpillar eventually turns into a butterfly. You will need to determine which perspective you will see.  ― Laticia Dezell

To bring about the new takes not just a development of the old, but a radical leap forward - revolutionary and transforming - and that requires extra factors that were not present before.  ― Belsebuub, Gazing Into the Eternal: Reflections Upon a Deeper Purpose to Living

Scared and sacred are spelled with the same letters. Awful proceeds from the same root word as awesome. Terrify and terrific. Every negative experience holds the seed of transformation.  ― Alan Cohen

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping the old ones.  ― John Maynard Keynes

The power to change is already within you, ready to be discovered. Find new methods to deal with old routines. It is up to you to make the conscious choices that bring a better future.  ― Lynn C. Tolson, Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor's Story

Personal Transformation can and does have global effects.  As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us.  The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one. -       Marianne Williamson

If you say, I'm for equal pay, that's a reform. But if you say. I'm a feminist, that's a transformation of society. - Gloria Steinem