Butterfly

Know thyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.

— Andre Gide

I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.

— Chang-tzu

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

— Richard Bach

Within the armor is the butterfly and within the butterfly is the signal from another star.

— Philip K. Dick

The flapping of a single butterfly’s wing today produces a tiny change in the state of the atmosphere. Over a period of time, what the atmosphere actually does diverges from what it would have done. So, in a month’s time, a tornado that would have devastated the Indonesian coast doesn’t happen. Or maybe one that wasn’t going to happen, does.

— Ian Stewart, Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos

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