(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.)
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.)
(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 chargesan article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.)
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.)
Intelligence of a Butterfly has always impressed me. It sits still, spreading its wings when it feels the approaching lensman knows his job. It opts for quick folding of the wings and resorts to high flying with ordinary mortals. Even a Tiger does show its high sense of discrimination. To the talented lensman, it shows its whiskers and to others, a bit of its tail.
(Prasanna Mishra, a former Civil Servant from India, has been a columnist and a social activist.Born in 1942, he lives in Bhubaneswar.)