For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
— J. R. R. Tolkien

The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.
Oliver Goldsmith shaft quote

The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle's own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
— Aesop

For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
— Thomas J. Cottle

Coffee falls into the stomach ... ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop ... the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similes arise, the paper is covered with ink...
— shaft quotation by Honore de Balzac