Archery Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old archery quotes, archery sayings, and archery proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Archery does not get difficult or hard to understand until the arrow misses.     

Milan E. Elott

In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.     


There is no excellence in archery without great labour.     

Maurice Thompson

In the case of archery, the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality.     

Eugen Herrigel

A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim.     

Thomas Fuller

An archer cannot hit the bullseye if he doesn't know where the target is.     


But you must be patient and careful; nor should you expect to become an accomplished archer without long and severe training.     

Maurice Thompson

So long as the new moon returns in heaven a bent, beautiful bow, so long will the fascination of archery keep hold in the hearts of men.     

Maurice Thompson

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or even advanced archer, Archery will give you something that's almost impossible to find elsewhere.     

Usa Archery

The archer that shoots badly has a lie ready.     

Spanish Proverb

Even as the archer loves the arrow that flies, so too he loves the bow that remains constant in his hands.     

Nigerian Proverb

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

Nothing clears a troubled mind better than shooting a bow.     

Fred Bear

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

Curly Howard

An arrow is never afraid of shooting from the bow; but it is afraid of not reaching the target!     

Mehmet Murat ildan

Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed.     

English Proverbs

Don't think of what you have to do, don't consider how to carry it out! The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.     

Eugen Herrigel

If you would hit the mark [at long range], you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the pull of the earth.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In the long run, you only hit what you aim at.     

Henry Thoreau

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.     

Kahlil Gibran

The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.     

Kahlil Gibran

Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.     

D.T. Suzuki

I can teach you to shoot better than the greatest archer in 30 minutes provided we blindfold him and spin him around so he doesn't know where the target is at.     

Peter Hill

The archer is the true weapon; the bow is just a long piece of wood.     

Sebastien de Castell

If love be blind, love cannot hit the mark.     

William Shakespeare

The way to write is to throw your body at the mark when all your arrows are spent.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm not sure why anyone on the face of the planet would want to use a bow and arrow. I mean, it seems like a fairly limited field of expertise and usefulness. Unless your name is Katniss.     

Andrea Portes

Famous archer, Howard Hill won all of the 267 archery contests he entered. He could hit a bullseye at 50 feet, then split first arrow with the second. Would it be possible for you to shoot better than him? YES, if he were blindfolded! How can you hit a target you can't see? Even worse, how can you hit a target you don't even have!? You need to have GOALS in your life!     

Zig Ziglar

The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind     

Fred Bear

The shot will go smoothly only when it takes the archer himself by surprise.     

Eugen Herrigel

Archery is something that I took up later and didn't know I had a natural aptitude for.     

Geena Davis

I am a very good archer. I use archery as my way of meditation. I cannot sit down and just meditate in the classical sense. I am very active. So, I use archery. I have my bow, my arrow and I use this tension and relaxation in the second after throwing the arrow. And it is my way to meditate and this is the only thing that clears my mind. When I do archery, I am totally there with my bow, my target, my arrow, and I don't think, I am communion with the universe.     

Paulo Coelho

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.     

Khalil Gibran

I don't enjoy indoor archery especially with myself as a possible target.     

Richard Schayer

Yes. Robin even said that I was as good at archery as I am at magic.     

Marc Thompson

I need a break. There's no retirement home for assassins is there? Archery at four. Riflery at five.     

Richard Shepard

He's well-known for his archery skills, and shows it off with his trusty weapon of choice: the Palutena Bow.     

Sam Mitchell

Our mental discipline is matched only by our skill in archery... I only hope these are enough to withstand this awful trial.     

Stieg Hedlund

Oh, of course, the returning game. I had no idea you were so interested in archery.     

Paolo Levi

Do you know anyone hiring ex-billionaires with superior archery skills?     

Greg Berlanti

Perfect precision marksman / Spit darts and flip charts, and / Archery shots aimed at your heart then     

Clifford Smith

We walk out to archery / And trail behind the pack / His shoes kick up Caliche / As he shuffles like me     

T.C. Superstar

I think I finally learned to swim alone in the deep end / Oh I gotta go, Oh it's time for archery, it starts at 3     

Brittni Nichole Stewart

My archery is all unlearn'd / And grief against myself has turn'd / My arrows and my bow!     

Thomas Hood

When from a meadow by / Like a storm suddenly / The English archery / Stuck the French horses.     

Michael Drayton

Tis, I believe, this archery to show / That so much cost in colors thou / And skill in painting, dost bestow / Upon thy ancient arms, the gaudy heavenly bow.     

Abraham Cowley

To practise games and archery / How proud and happy they! the crowd / Of Lookers-on how pleased and proud! / And from the scorching noon-tide sun.     

William Wordsworth

Archery has been there since ages but it has not lost its exuberance. Although advent of firearms made archery obsolete still there are people who love archery.      

Andrew Harrison

Archery is the skill of shooting arrows from a bow at a target.     

Andrew Harrison

There are two types of archeries the Target Archery and the Field Archery.     

Andrew Harrison

Archery is the game that involves the shooting of arrows that is released from the bow and shot at a target.     

Andrew Harrison

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Andrew Harrison

Archery was introduced as an official sport in the 1900 Paris Olympic Games and included in the 1904, 1908, and 1920 Olympics.     

Dennis J. Caine

Among the arts that have been carried to a high degree of perfection in this kingdom, there is no one more conspicuous than that of Archery.     

Joseph Strutt

Our ancestors used the bow for a double purpose: in the time war, it was a dreadful instrument of destruction; and in peace it became an object of amusement.     

Joseph Strutt

In Elizabeth's reign archery was warmly recommended as a healthy pastime     

Joseph Strutt

Forsake your lov'd Olympian games awhile, With which the tedious minutes you beguile, Wave quoits and nine-pins, those bear-garden sports, And follow shooting, often used at courts.     

Joseph Strutt

Long did he live the honour of the bow, And his long life to that alone did owe ; But how can art secure, or what can save Extreme old age from an appointed grave? Surviving archers much his loss lament, And in respect bestow'd this monument, Where whistling arrows did his worth proclaim, And eternize his memory and name.     

Joseph Strutt

The sport of archery! This modern sport with ancient roots has grown in recent years to become one of the world's fastest-growing Olympic sports.     

Teresa Johnson

Nearly every culture in the world has created some form of archery in its history-for survival, combat, and competition.     

Teresa Johnson

Recently, archery has been at the forefront of pop culture, making appearances in films such as The Hunger Games and Brave, and it was one of the most-watched sports at the London 2012 Olympic Games.     

Teresa Johnson

Archery tournaments and festivals remained strong in Europe long after bows were replaced by gunpowder for defense.     

Teresa Johnson

Archery evolved into a competitive sport not only in Europe but also in Asia and the United States.     

Teresa Johnson