100+ Best Arrow Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational arrow quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Arrow Quotes

Arrow! Black arrow! I have saved you to the last. You have never failed me and I have always recovered you. I had you from my father and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true king under the Mountain, go now and speed well! — J. R. R. Tolkien

May their weapons fall from their (hands), may they be unable to lay the arrow on (the bow)! And then (our) arrows shall smite them, badly frightened, in their vital members! — Atharva Veda

For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me. — Bible Bible

And indeed it was, the arrow still protruding from its wet, grayish skin, humping its body along with incredible speed. A flick of its tail caught the edge of a statue, sending it flying into the dry ornamental pool, where it shattered into dust. “By the Angel, it just crushed Sophocles,” noted Will. “Has no one respect for the classics these days? — Cassandra Clare

There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. — Bible Bible

If there was an arrow speeding toward Will, I would be bound by oath to step in front of it.’ ‘Handy, that,’ said Will. — Cassandra Clare

Virtue, dear friend, needs no defense, The surest guard is innocence: None knew, till guilt created fear, What darts or poisoned arrows were — Horace

The story of the universe finally comes to an end. For the first time in its life, the universe will be permanent and unchanging. Entropy finally stops increasing because the cosmos cannot get any more disordered. Nothing happens, and it keeps not happening, forever. It’s what’s known as the heat-death of the universe. An era when the cosmos will remain vast and cold and desolate for the rest of time the arrow of time has simply ceased to exist. It’s an inescapable fact of the universe written into the fundamental laws of physics, the entire cosmos will die. — Brian Cox

It’s true: Everyone needs a reason to stay alive — someone who justifies your existence. Someone who loves you. Not beyond all reason. Just loves you. Even just shows an interest. Even someone who doesn’t exist, or isn’t yours. No, no! They don’t even have to love you! They just have to be there to love! Target for your arrows. Magnetic Pole to drag on your compass needle and stop it spinning and tell you where you’re heading and…Someone to soak up all the yearning. That’s what I think. — Geraldine McCaughrean

How can we expect young people to be rooted in things such as character, morality and honesty? How is one supposed to be at once an arrow soaring skyward and an oak planted firmly in the ground? The meritocratic culture hones strivers on every aspect of their lives save one – how to cultivate character. — David Brooks

These people were well dressed in skins, had some guns, but armed generally with bows and arrows and such other instruments of war as are common among the Indians of the Missouri. — William Henry Ashley

Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. — Bill Moyers

The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own Lures. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction. — Aesop

After we lost, I did a lot of thinking about dominating this game, getting the team going. Coach said this was just like any other game, but we really had bull?s-eyes on this one, circled it, had all the arrows pointed to it. We made sure we were focused. — Denham Brown

I always performed when I was a child. My parents got very annoyed, because my brother and I had our little bedrooms upstairs, and I would plaster the house with posters with arrows pointing upstairs. — Franka Potente

The arrows are from her dowry. — Juvenal

I confess I didn’t read the ‘Green Arrow’ comics before coming to play Shado. The comic books are not as easily accessible in Hong Kong as they are in the States. I do enjoy superhero fiction, though. — Celina Jade

It’s to be a person who’s able to shoot little arrows into sacred cows and knock politicians off their pedestals, to look out for hypocrisy, advocate for all sorts of things from social justice to peace. — Jonathan Shapiro

Trying to be Sherlock Holmes is like trying to catch an arrow in mid-flight. — Jeremy Brett

It’s been overwhelming with everyone scrambling for last minute stuff, … A lot of them are coming in with a broken bow string. We don’t like the last-minute stuff. It’s stressful, but for a lot of these guys this is the only time they can do something. They need arrows re-fletched, broken strings fixed. — Jim Morrow

My scar is beautiful. It looks like an arrow. — Carly Simon

As a rock on the seashore he standeth firm, and the dashing of the waves disturbeth him not. He raiseth his head like a tower on a hill, and the arrows of fortune drop at his feet. In the instant of danger, the courage of his heart here, and scorn to fly. — Akhenaton

Death is like an arrow that is already in flight, and your life lasts only until it reaches you. — Georg Hermes

At the height of creative activity fueled by enthusiasm, there will be enormous intensity and energy behind what you do. You will feel like an arrow that is moving toward the target-and enjoying the journey. — Eckhart Tolle

Our present time is indeed a criticizing and critical time, hovering between the wish, and the inability to believe. Our complaints are like arrows shot up into the air at no target: and with no purpose they only fall back upon our own heads and destroy ourselves. — William Temple

A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The arrow will not always find the mark intended. — Horace

Imagine a nineteenth-century Jane Fonda visiting the Oglala Sioux in the Black Hills before the battle at Little Big Horn. Imagine her examining Crazy Horse’s arrows or climbing upon Sitting Bull’s horse. Such behavior by a well-known actress no doubt would have infuriated Gen. George Armstrong Custer, but what would the rest of us feel today? — B. R. Hayden

It is with a word as with an arrow–once let it loose and it does not return. — Source Unknown

You never can tell when you send a word, Like an arrow shot from a bow By an archer blind, be it cruel or kind, Just where it may chance to go! — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I was just 20 years old when I wrote Broken Arrow. — Neil Young

I often find myself worrying about celebrities. It’s an entirely caring thing; it’s not like the people who commission those photographs with cruel arrows to go on the covers of the celebrity magazines. The photographs show botched plastic surgery, raging eczema, weight gain and horrible clothes for maximum schadenfreude. — Peter York

The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen. — Eugen Herrigel

I prefer to shoot the arrow, then paint the target around it. You make the niches in which you finally reside. — Brian Eno

I’m actually a pretty decent human being, and when I’m home I’m straight as an arrow. — Kid Rock

Base and crafty cowards are like the arrow that flieth in the dark. — Francis Bacon

I used to take formal notes in lines of blue, and underline the key words in red, and I realised I needed only the key words and the idea. Then to bring in connections, I drew arrows and put in images and codes. It was a picture outside my head of what was inside my head – ‘mind map’ is the language my brain spoke. — Tony Buzan

I don’t think that the contradictions between capitalism and socialism can be resolved by war. This is no longer the age of the bow and arrow. It’s the nuclear age, and war can annihilate us all. The only way to achieve solutions seems to be for the different social systems to coexist. — Fidel Castro

So there’s that, and then there’s always things you can do with the tips. Except for this, what they call the arrow tips, they’ll all be non-lethal cause again we’re not trying kill anybody, just sort of take control of the situation. They’ll probably throw in a lot of gimmicks with the tips and trick arrows, and things like that. And ya the new, cool… — Jeremy Renner

I got to dress up in funny clothes and run around New Zealand with a bow and arrow for 18 months, how bad could that be? — Orlando Bloom

It looks like they’re trying to right the ship. They deserved to suffer all those slings and arrows of their own outrageous fortune. — Tom Burnett

Every aspect of human technology has a dark side, including the bow and arrow. — Margaret Atwood

Often we take personally the slings and arrows of our ‘abusers’. But frequently we are merely the interchangeable pawns of their own neurotic dramas. Anyone else in your position would have received the same treatment. There is nothing especially noxious or negatively noteworthy about you. — Brian Weiss

An arrow may fly through the air and leave no trace; but an ill thought leaves a trail like a serpent. — Charles Mackay

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. — Bible Bible

If a man paints a target on his chest, he should expect that sooner or later someone will loose an arrow on him. — George R. R. Martin

Fate and victory shift … now this way, now that way — like a line of unarmored men under a hail of enemy arrows. — Dan Simmons

I’ve been friends with the guys in Radiohead for a lot of years, and I watch the way those guys work with incredible envy. Because whatever the slings and arrows of dealing with the record business, at the end of the day, they have total creative autonomy. They don’t need a lot to do what they do, and Thom [Yorke] and Jonny [Greenwood] and the guys have their own joint in their hometown. — Edward Norton

Im about as straight an arrow as youll find out there. — Deborah Norville

I did do some Shakespeare on film, it’s really difficult. It’s really interesting, because I was doing a series in Canada called ‘Slings and Arrows’ and it was about a company based around the Stratford Festival. — Rachel McAdams

I want the privilege of guiding the arrows of my children and giving them the exhortations that can shoot them into the high place. — Laurel Lea

If we distributed money to the military this way, our troops in Iraq would have bows and arrows to fight with, — Michael R. Bloomberg

You don’t want to put all your lead on the target. You want to leave some arrows in the quiver. — Foster Friess

Valentine’s Day card baby with the bow and arrows and wings. He’s not threatening. — Bruce Thornton

I shoot an arrow into the air, where it lands I do not care: I get my arrows wholesale! — Curly Howard

True twins share womb chemistry and endure many fateful slings and arrows together. The fabled connection between twins is true in my case. — Gregory Benford

They, astounded at the flash of the armor, and the swiftness of the charge, and attacked by showers of arrows and missiles, half naked as they were, never stopped to resist but gave way. — Arrian

People in the arts often want to aim for the biggest, most obvious target, and hit it smack in the bull’s eye. Of course with everybody else aiming there as well that makes it very hard and expensive to hit. I prefer to shoot the arrow, then paint the target around it. You make the niches in which you finally reside. — Brian Eno

I don’t see any wavering of the support for the leader. I think a lot of members think he’s taking arrows for all of us. — Roy Blunt

She wasn’t that tough on me, but I think she was often a little frightened – being a single parent. So it begets this quality of desired absoluteness that doesn’t really exist. My sister could crack her up. She’d be getting into trouble and put the Steve Martin arrow through her head and mom would start to laugh. I didn’t have the same sort of wiliness. — Ashley Judd

They tell us sometimes that if we had only kept quiet, all these desirable things would have come about of themselves. I am reminded of the Greek clown who, having seen an archer bring down a flying bird, remarked, sagely: ‘You might have saved your arrow, for the bird would anyway have been killed by the fall.’ — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I was a straight arrow, a control freak. I didn’t do drugs or drink, and this was the ’70s. I didn’t like the loss of control. Which isn’t exactly right, because I didn’t know what happened when you did drugs. — George Saunders

Always grow flowers, as that will make your way full of flowers. Never grow thorns, as that will make your way thorny. Never want to target someone on an arrow. You may become the target of that arrow. Never make a well in the way of someone. As you may pass by that way sometime. — Rahman Baba

You have to relax when you’re shooting an arrow. You can’t be tense. And that just helps, in your day-to-day life. — Stephen Amell

So far as physics is concerned, time’s arrow is a property of entropy alone. — Arthur Eddington

I think what’s so great about ‘Arrow’ is that they really ground everything in reality. — Seth Gabel

It takes one of the arrows out of our quiver, as it were. — B. R. Hayden

To get to play a bad person and do bad things in a safe environment like ‘Arrow’ was pretty amazing. — Seth Gabel

Let rats shoot arrows at each other. Sudan — African-American Proverb

Instead of shooting arrows at someone elses target, which Ive never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre. — Brian Eno

Any book that can help you survive the slings and arrows of adolescence is a book to love for life; ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ did just that, and I still do love it. — Libba Bray

My name is William Tell: when little oppressions touch me arrows hidden in my cloak whisper, Ready, ready. — William Stafford

Words are like arrows, Arianne. Once loosed, you cannot call them back. – Areo Hotah — George R. R. Martin

Satellite companies are working on smaller bases, and their (market) shares have been growing since 1995 when they started. Their growth rate is slowing, however. Part of that is due to the fact that cable has got more arrows in their quiver now by being able to offer more services to a customer. — Katherine Styponias

In a short story, you can use someone – we’re only going to be with that person for maybe 10 pages, and they can have sort of a one note personality. And in a novel, you need to have arrows pointing more than one direction for that person. — Rebecca Makkai

There are many other arrows in our diplomatic quiver. — Condoleezza Rice

When you lead change, sometimes you get arrows in your back. I mean, that’s just the way the real world is. — Carly Fiorina

It’s the little details I love. How to fletch your arrows with owl feathers, because owls fly silently, so maybe your arrows will, too. How to carry fire in a piece of smouldering fungus wrapped in birchbark. These are the things which help a world come alive. — Michelle Paver

Fate’s arrow, when expected, travels slow. — Dante Alighieri

You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre. — Brian Eno

Pioneers are the ones who get the arrows in their backs, — Brian Roberts

But my heart is always propped up in a field on its tripod, ready for the next arrow. — Billy Collins

I have to give them credit. They are pioneers but are they leaders? And one might want to ask the question that isn’t it true that pioneers die with arrows in their backs? — David Garrity

My voice has a quiver/ A quiver is where you keep arrows until you shoot them. — Jim Carroll

Oh yeah, I mean, it wasn’t a very good guitar, most good guitars have got thrust rods in the necks that you can adjust or that’ll keep them in shape, you know keep them straight. This one just, well it turned into a bow and arrow after a couple of months. — Eric Clapton

The gigantic tension before the shooting of an arrow, and the total relaxation seconds later, is my way of connecting to the universe. — Paulo Coelho

Like a rock, standing arrow straight. Like a rock, charging from the gate. — Bob Seger

Sharp are the arrows of a broken heart. — Cassandra Clare

Nobody had any idea of what it really cost to manage the habitat . . . to the standard that ultimately became required, … They were pioneers and they have arrows in them. — James Whalen

Music so softens and disarms the mind That not an arrow does resistance find. — Edmund Waller

Just so you know, I’m straight. Totally straight. As an arrow. Her voice held a smile. So am I — Carrie Vaughn

An unjust acquisition is like a barbed arrow, which must be drawn backward with horrible anguish, or else will be your destruction. — Jeremy Taylor

Attending ComicCon for ‘Arrow’ was so much fun! Seeing the fans excited gets me excited and feels really good. — Katie Cassidy

Pure essence, and pure matter, and the two joined into one were shot forth without flaw, like three bright arrows from a three-string bow. — Dante Alighieri

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life’s slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone. — Martha Beck

Thrice happy is that humble pair, Beneath the level of all care! Over whose heads those arrows fly, Of sad distrust and jealousy. — Edmund Waller

Artistic tricks divert from the effect that an artist endeavors to produce, and even excellent elements such as bullets, arrows, brackets, ornate initials, are at best superficial ornamentation unless logically employed. — Paul Rand

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. — J. R. R. Tolkien

A lot of barns in those days had arrows painted on their roofs and other messages to let the pilots known they were still on course. And those guys used to joke that the early airplanes were made of sticks and wires. — Flora Balmer

That’s emails for ya: sometimes they’re like an arrow that hits so deep in the target, you can’t pull it out. — Graham Joyce

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