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Let's take a look at the best Arrowverse quotes that truly define 'Arrow' and its characters and maybe inspire the hero in all of us.

Arrowverse: The absolute best ‘Arrow’ quotes of all time

2020 led us to lose many beloved shows from The Good Place to Supernatural, the beginning of the decade sees the end of the beloved CW show Arrow. Over the course of eight seasons, fans have watched the journey of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and company from vigilantes to heroes. The Arrowverse has brought us incredible shows and we can’t get enough. 

While it would be sad to see such a genre-defining show as Arrow, we need to reflect on some of the lessons that the series has imparted to us. What better way than looking at the quotes that truly define the show and maybe inspired the hero in all of us. We all miss the Arrowverse staple Arrow so let’s explore the most inspiring quotes.

Oliver Queen

“I didn’t know how painful it would be to keep my secrets. You asked me to save the city, to right the wrong. I will, I swear, but to do that, I can’t be the Oliver that everyone wants me to be, which means that sometimes. . .to honor your wishes, I need to dishonor your memory.”

“You told me once that life is precious and you wanted more from it than I could offer you. Don’t give up on that. The only way that I’m gonna survive this is if I know that you’re out there living your life, happy.”

“People still need saving. They still need hope.”

“They’re leaving because of their own personal darkness. I can’t help but think that they were infected by mine.”

“I just wanted one night to remind me of what I’m fighting for.”

“Every one of those losses brings within a choice between darkness and light. Make the right choice.”

John Diggle (David Ramsey)

“Listen, Oliver, I’m just saying maybe you can make a difference if you think beyond the scope of those pages. I’m sure your father wouldn’t mind.”

“The only reason you’re still breathing is because one of us is still human.”

“Besides, Army regulations. A brother never lets a soldier go into battle alone.”

“Then you have to find a way to make it work. Comprise, do whatever you have to do because if you want a new future for this baby of yours it won’t come by doing the same thing we used to do. We have to. . . we have to be something else. Something better.”

Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards)

“You know, I used to think the vigilante was a criminal, too. But, it seems to me he’s willing to sacrifice an awful lot to help the people of city. That kind of makes him a hero, doesn’t it?”

“Marriage is about inclusion. It’s about leaning on your partner when things get complicated. But I don’t think you know how to do that.”

“You’re at war with two sides of yourself.”

“I wish that I could change your mind about staying here, but I know I can’t. Just like I know that leaving you here is going to destroy me. I don’t regret a single moment. And you shouldn’t either. You have done so much. 

“You have saved so many people’s lived and you have changed so many for the better, including mine. Knowing you has changed my life. You’ve opened up my heart in a way I didn’t even know was possible. I love you.”

“Being a hero, Mia, means choosing other people’s safety over your own, including family. That’s why I hid my work from you, to protect you from having to make difficult decisions like this.”

Thea Queen (Willa Holland)

“Why is it so hard for everyone to just tell the truth?”

“Can I make a suggestion? Instead of punishing yourself because you think you destroyed the city, how about you start by saving it?”

“We can’t change the future Ollie. The past teaches us you might as well not bother trying to.”

William Queen (Ben Lewis)

“I believe that fate brought the four of us together for a reason. Just like it did our parents when they decided to save this city. Now it’s our turn. We don’t want to mess it up, do we?”

Mia Smoak (Katherine McNamara)

“My mom once told me that all the starlight we see had so far to travel that they might not exist anymore. Eventually, they all fade to black. Erased. That’s where I wanna be.”

“Thank you for letting me a part of your story, even if it was only for a little while.”


Sara Lance (Caity Lotz)

“Love’s the most powerful emotion and that makes it the most dangerous.”

“Word of advice? We’re not our masks and we need people in our life who don’t wear one.”

“So what? You think you deserve a medal for trying to be good for five seconds? Redemption isn’t a destination, it’s a journey. I wasted years running away from all of the bad things I had done because I didn’t want to face the pain that I had caused because I didn’t want to be that person. 

“And then I realized the only way to stop being that person was to come home and own up to the things I had done. And yeah, it was painful. And it took a really long time, but it was the only way to become someone else, someone better than who I was.”

Laurel Lance (Earth-1) (Katie Cassidy-Rodgers)

“I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been through anything that you have. But one thing that I’ve learned in the past year is that these things, they don’t break us. They make us who we are.”

“I don’t need you right now. Everyone else does. So go; go save the city.”

Laurel Lance (Earth-2) 

“And you may not be a Canary, but you still have a long way to go to prove that you’re a hero. Take it from someone who knows how hard it can be. And don’t screw it up.”

“Yeah, someone told me that if I wanted to be one of the good guys that I needed to right my wrongs, and the only way to do that is to go back to where it all started.”

“I want you to know that you are the reason that I’m trying to be a hero. It’s because of you.”

“Do you think that your father is any better? If you’re trying to live up to us, don’t. We are just as flawed as anyone, especially me. All you can do is live up to yourself.”

Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne)

“It’s The Arrow that matters. The man under the hood isn’t important. Can you imagine what it’s like to be him? What he has to live with day in and day out? What that’s gotta be like? Hey? The least I can do is to a little bit of time for him.”

“My whole career, my whole life, even when I knew nothing, I at least knew right from wrong and I knew vigilantism was wrong. And the day that we take law into our own hands is the day that we become outlaws and that idea, that idea was precious to me.”

“I’m not giving up. Maybe I’m giving in. You see, I’ve been outrunning death for awhile now. The siege, the island. And, when Diaz shot me, that felt different. Like I was finally at the end, and I made my peace with that. And, maybe it’s time you did too.”

“Look, what I’m trying to say is I know what it’s like to do a bad thing for a good reason.”

Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy)

“It’s more of a life philosophy. Just live in the moment. Because you can only see the stuff that’s ahead of you, you don’t know what’s at the end of the road.”

“Dying is the coward’s way out. Everyday that you stay alive, you try to redeem yourself for that messed up thing you did because this world is a better place with a hero like you.”

“Do you know why I started the Canaries? What it represents? This is more than just some rebellion group. It’s a support system. This is a way for women to know that we always have each other’s backs no matter what happens. 

“Whenever we need it most, something that I failed to do for a friend once. But ever since what happened with her, I made a promise that I would never make that mistake again. 

“That’s why we wear these, to honor that promise and the bravery and the sacrifice shared with these amazing women who somehow — no matter how many times they get knocked down — they always find the strength to get back up and fight again. And that is exactly what the surviving Canaries are going to do together. But when the time is right.”

“Knowing what’s happened can either destroy us or save us. We’ve seen our worst. Now, let’s be our best.”

Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez)

“Rich folk and politicians fronting like they actually care about prison reform. If everyone in here actually gave a crap, they’d use that money to help people in hard-up neighborhoods who end up in the system because they don’t have anything else. . . What?”

“I’m tired of waiting for the day when people stop being afraid of the Glades and start coming here to raise their families. To find opportunities for growth and change. To uplift our brothers and sisters. To be better than we ever were before. If we keep waiting, we might run out of time. That’s why, from here on out, we don’t wait for our future in the Glades. We make our future now.”

Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) 

“Someone’s gotta provide a little optimism Doesn’t seem like anyone around here has the headspace to do it.”

Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman)

“You can’t beat me, Oliver. Yes, you’re younger and you’re faster, yet you always come up short against me. Wanna know why? Because you don’t know, in your heart, what you’re fighting for. What you’re willing to sacrifice. And I do.”

“The only way to forge steel is to temper it with fire.”

“Every warrior must learn the simple truth — that pain is inevitable and suffering is optional.”

Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett) 

“I believe that when we lose someone we love that we have the obligation to honor it.”

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)

“I think you’re full of crap. Look, you’ve convinced yourself that you’ve traded away your humanity, but I think it’s because of your humanity that you made it through. You wouldn’t have survived, much less come out a hero – somebody that wants to do good – if you didn’t have a light inside of you.”

“Oliver is an interesting guy, unbelievably damaged. . .I hope he won’t mind me saying that. All I meant by that is he has lived through a lot of darkness and all he really cares about is making sure no one else has to go through what he’s gone through. No, no no, I didn’t know he was the Green Arrow until he turned himself in. It’s you know, like woah, big surprise! You think you know a guy. . .”

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