170 Spider Quotes to Inspire Creativity and Resilience

1. “Most spiders eat and remake their webs every night.” – Alice Oswald
2. “We live on the circumference of a hollow circle. We draw the circumference, like spiders, out of ourselves—it is all criticism of criticism.” – Laura Riding
3. “At times, life is just like a web. You fall, and a spider called accident, at the center, takes you to the hell.” – Dos Corazone
4. “I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything.” – Holly Valance
5. “A wandering mind is as venomous as a wandering spider.” – Thinkredible
6. “Spiders so large they appear to be wearing the pelts of small mammals.” – Dave Barry
7. “Don’t be like a spider spinning a lonely web and let life’s opportunities pass you by.” – Ranjeeta Nath Ghai
8. “It’s spider season. Every year, right about now, thousands of the godless eight-legged bastards emerge from the bowels of hell—or the garden, whichever’s nearest—with the sole intention of tormenting humankind.” – Charlie Brooker
9. “Spiders are born to spin; they do not need to be taught. A spider’s web is its home. Some spiders use a web to catch their prey, while others prefer to hunt.” – Kay De Silva
10. “Like a spider web that you walk into, it is not so easy to get all the tendrils of real love off after you have passed through it.” – Jonathan Carroll
11. “Everything that surrounds us becomes part of us, it seeps into us with every experience of the flesh and of life and, like the web of a great spider, binds us subtly to what is near, ensnares us in a fragile cradle of slow death, where we lie rocking in the wind.” – Fernando Pessoa
12. “She was no longer in her body; she felt free. She was as small as a drop of dew quivering on a spider’s web; she was a minute in an hour in a day in a million years.” – Malinda Lo
13. “I pulled word after word from my core, like silk for a spider’s web, spinning a make-believe life. That’s why we read fiction, isn’t it? To remind us that whatever we suffer, we’re not the only ones?” – Jody Picoult
14. “Apart from thought, there is no independent entity called ‘world.’ Just as the spider emits the thread of the web out of itself and then withdraws it, likewise, the mind projects the world out of itself and then withdraws it back into itself.” – Ramana Maharshi
15. “Written laws are like spider’s webs; they will catch, it is true, the weak and poor, but would be torn in pieces by the rich and powerful.” – Anacharsis
16. “How powerful social mores are! Only a spider’s web lies across the volcano, yet it refrains from erupting.” – Karl Kraus
17. “Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly.” – Charles Adams
18. “Escape from the black widow spider is a miracle as great as art. What a web she can weave, slowly drawing you to her she’ll embrace you then when she’s satisfied she’ll kill you still in her embrace and suck the blood from you.” –
19. “Seamless, careful, by-the-book performance provides no evidence of what the spider’s thinking about the fly enmeshed in its web.” – John Edgar Wideman
20. “To be well married, you have to have a penchant for the intricacies of intimacy and larval change. If the personality is a spider’s web, you will want to know every thread. Pleasures no longer come to you, but there are pickings to be had if you can learn to scavenge for them.” – Hanif Kureishi
21. “A story is like something you wind out of yourself. Like a spider, it is a web you weave, and you love your story like a child.” – Katherine Anne Porter
22. “I clung to each word that fell from his lips like a spider to a web.” – Dannika Dark
23. “Experience is never limited, and it is never complete.” – Henry James
24. “Nothing the surface but faint coruscations of starlight, caught like fireflies in a spider’s web.” – Diana Gabaldon
25. “A spider is slow, but its web catches the fastest flies.” – Matshona Dhliwayo
26. “All that the spider needs to complete its web is step taking.” – Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
27. “You don’t have to look far to see a spider’s web. In the corner of the window, on a fence, or in a bush— spiders make their home everywhere.” – Laura Marsh
28. “Any act often repeated soon forms a habit; and habit allowed, steady gains in strength. At first, it may be but as a spider’s web, easily broken through, but if not resisted, it soon binds us with chains of steel.” – Tryon Edwards
29. “Spider silk is thirty times thinner than a human hair and very light, but do not let this fool you. It is the strongest fiber found in nature.” – Kay De Silva
30. “The world must live. We are only one species among billions. The gods don’t love us any more than they love spiders or bears or whales or water lilies.” – Daniel Quinn
31. “, and the sea, and the anger of princes are roused against me, they are less to me than a spider’s web.” – John Chrysostom
32. “His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web.” – John McCarthy
33. “Reza, in spite of the tears caught in his lashes like raindrops on a spider’s web, did not cry.” – Claire Messud
34. “When a spider makes a beautiful web, the beauty comes out of the spider’s nature. It’s instinctive beauty. How much of the beauty of our own lives is about the beauty of being alive?” – Joseph Campbell
35. “Everything that the spider needs to make a spider web is not found in the housefly, it’s right there in the spider! Whatever you need to make impacts is in you! Discover yourself and make a difference!” – Israelmore Ayivor
36. “She could feel magic in the quiet spring day, like a sorcerer’s far-off voice, and lines of poetry floated over her mind as if they were strands of spider web.” – Stella Gibbons
37. “Better to be a mouse behind the wainscoting, nibbling at the wires. Better to be a spider, high up under the eaves, spinning its web.” – Stephen King
38. “Experience is a kind of huge spider web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every airborne particle in its tissue.” – Henry James
39. “One of the strangest catastrophes that is in any history: a great king, with strong armies and mighty fleets, a great treasure and powerful allies, fell all at once, and his whole strength, like a spider’s web, was irrecoverably broken at a touch.” – Gilbert Burnet
40. “The spider’s touch, how exquisitely fine! Feels at each thread, and lives along the line.” – Alexander Pope
41. “Parker sat for a long time on the ground in the alley behind the pool hall, examining his soul. He saw it as a spider web of facts and lies that was not at all important to him but which appeared to be necessary in spite of his opinion.” – Flannery O’Connor
42. “Like a spider web, the threads of her life had been woven since she was young, but she had no part in the loom’s process.” – Christine Clemetson
43. “In Mexico, when we want to speak deep secrets, we drink pulque together. It is a drink made from the , and when you take the bottle from your mouth, it leaves a string behind, between the mouth and the bottle, like a spider’s web. It shows that the truth sticks inside.” – Alejandro Jodorowsky
44. “A poem is a spider web spun with words of wonder, woven lace held in place by whispers made of thunder.” – Charles Ghigna
45. “There are occasions when I would rather feel like a fly than a spider.” – E.M. Forster
46. “Spiders’ webs only have to be large enough to catch flies.” – Neil Gaiman
47. “Life was more difficult in Inkheart, yet it seemed to Meggie that with every new day Fenoglio’s story was spinning a spell around her heart, sticky as a spider’s web and enchantingly beautiful.” – Cornelia Funke
48. “A spider lives inside my head who weaves a strange and wondrous web of silken threads and silver strings to catch all sorts of flying things, like crumbs of thoughts and bits of smiles, and specks of dried-up tears, and dust of dreams that catch and cling for years and years and years.” –
49. “This must be what a fly felt like when it was caught fast in a spider’s web.” – R.K. Lilley
50. “I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.” –
51. “‘s like a black widow spider. She tends to use people, then they shrivel up and disappear.” – Peter Hook
52. “It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider to spin from his own, inwards his own airy citadel.” – John Keats
53. “I like normal stuff people fear—like spiders and heights. I’m frightened by the unknown, by things that are hard to figure out and get a grip on.” – Haley Joel Osment
54. “The mind cannot support moral chaos for long. Men are under as strong a compulsion to invent an ethical setting for their behavior as spiders are to weave themselves webs.” – John Dos Passos
55. “The biggest thing I’ve learned is to smash my own spiders and get on with my day. There will be another!” – Hoda Kotb
56. “Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.” – Honoré de Balzac
57. “I would rather be trampled by thousands of children than touch a spider.” – Frank Iero
58. “I think this journal will be disadvantageous for me, for I spend my time now like a spider spinning my own entrails.” – Mary Boykin Chesnut
59. “People will be able to survive, of course, without honeycreepers and monk seals. But if the wolf spider is in trouble, we are in trouble, too.” – Susana Moore
60. “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” – Ethiopian Proverb
61. “To destroy the cobweb, destroy the spider.” – Maltese Proverb
62. “When the sucks, it makes honey; when the spider, poison.” – Spanish Proverb
63. “Big flies break the spider web.” – Italian Proverb
64. “You cannot forge a hammer from featherpod fluff, nor spin spider silk from precious copper.” – Darkovan Proverb
65. “The soul dwells in the body like a spider in its web.” – Anonymous Greek Philosopher
66. “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in King’s palaces.” – Proverbs 30:28
67. “Laws, like the spider’s web, catch the fly and let the hawk go free.” – Spanish Proverb
68. “In Ananu, or spider, is the subject of many superstitions. Injuring the children that sleep in the same room with it.” – Sir Richard Francis Burton
69. “Friends tie their purses with a spider’s web.” – Italian Proverb
70. “If you want to live and thrive, let the spider run alive.” – Spanish Proverb
71. “So that means he would steal a dead fly from a blind spider.” – Anonymous
72. “He avoided the fly and swallowed the spider.” – Portuguese Proverb
73. “The fact that the spider helps to control the spread of fies made it a valued insect, and this was underlined in folklore by a story that it had hidden Christ from his enemies by covering him with its web.” – Laurence Flanagan
74. “The spider that knows what it will gain sits waiting patiently in its web. The praying mantis is never tired waiting all day.” – Nigerian Proverb
75. “Fiction is like a spider’s web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.” – Virginia Woolf
76. “The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider web.” – Edwin Way Teale
77. “Thus I, gone forth, as spiders do, in spider’s web a truth discerning, attach one silken strand to you for my return.” – E.B. White
78. “My brain, more busy than the laboring spider, weaves tedious snares to trap mine enemies.” – William Shakespeare
79. “Our souls sit close and silently within, and their own web from their own entrails spin; and when eyes meet far off, our sense is such, that, spider-like, we feel the tenderest touch.” – John Dryder
80. “Poetry is a fresh morning spider web telling a story of moonlit hours of weaving and waiting during a night.” – Carl Sandburg
81. “I am pre-programmed, acting on impulse, dumping a vast memory into a whirling pool and somehow bringing order to it. Building a complex web, I am the spider. This is my venomous bite. I will make them see their folly.” – A.V. Davroe
82. “You’re . You’re a wizard. Open your mouth and let the spiders out! Unleash your mind; for sometimes it’s so much better than being quiet.” – Sijdah Hussain
83. “My faith is a great weight hung on a small wire, as doth the spider hang her on a thin web.” – Anne Sexton
84. “Like delicate lace, so the threads intertwine, oh, gossamer web of wond’rous design! Such beauty and grace wild nature produces. Ugh, look at that spider sucking out that bug’s juices!” – Bill Watterson
85. “So long as men are compassionate to such a degree that they cannot hear a fly struggling in a spider’s web without emotion, it can never be reasonably maintained that it is their natural impulse to wound and kill the dumb animals, or to butcher one another in what is called the field of honor.” – John Newton
86. “Much like a subtle spider which doth sit in the middle of her web, which spreadeth wide; if caught do touch the utmost thread of it, she feels it instantly on every side.” – Sir John Davies
87. “For, like the wind, the sun, or the flowing river, like a soaring man-of-war or a beetle under a stone, like a spider at a web or a crab scuttling sideways across a shore, Nimrod was free.” – Andrea Levy
88. “In giving spiders their ability to weave webs and to sail through the air, God showed concern for the pleasure and recreation of all sorts of creatures, even the insects.” – Jonathan Edwards
89. “Fear is the most powerful adhesive we have. Fear unites, because if two people are afraid, then even as the authentic ties that may have once bound them disappear, the fear ties are as sticky as a spider’s web.” – Ramani Durvasula
90. “Is there anything in the universe more beautiful and protective than the simple complexity of a spider’s web?” – E. B. White
91. “She finds an innocuous corner in which to spin her web. The longer the web takes, the more fabulous its construction. She has no need to chase. She sits quietly, her patience a consummate force; she waits for her prey to come to her on their own, and then she ensnares them, injects them with venom, rendering them unable to escape.” – Donna Lynn Hope
92. “I am bound so tight by oaths that I feel like a fly in a spider’s web. All I can do is use every resource I have before the spider strikes.” – Gwynn White
93. “For her, life was as cold as an attic with a window looking to the north, and ennui, like a spider, was silently spinning its shadowy web in every cranny of her heart.” – Gustave Flaubert
94. “A spider so fragile, so spindly, so translucent that it runs like a watermark across the paper, just like the tiny blood vessels on your skin. It disturbs nothing, running around in the void, in a very great hurry to live and die.” – Jean Baudrillard
95. “Ten thousand times the web could be destroyed, and ten thousand times the spider would rebuild it. There was neither annoyance nor despair, nor any delight, just as it had been for a billion years.” – Liu Cixin
96. “The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place—from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” –
97. “Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider’s web when the flies are no longer there to be caught.” – Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
98. “It’s actually pretty complex, because there’s two levels of reality in the narrative—one is what really took place, and the other is a spider’s poisoned version of what took place.” – Gabriel Byrne
99. “I definitely have a fear of spiders. Don’t we want to embrace our fears?” – Christa Campbell
100. “Many and most moments go by with us hardly aware of their passage. But love, and hate, and fear cause time to snag you, to drag you down like a spider’s web holding fast to a doomed fly’s wings. And when you’re caught like that, you’re aware of every moment, and movement, and nuance.” – Walter Mosely
101. “Luck was with me. I saw no spiders. was against me. I saw no specters.” – Gail Carson Levine
102. “Cold metal walks across my forehead, spiders search for my heart. It is a light that goes out in my mouth.” – Georg Trakl
103. “At first sin was as fragile as a spider’s thread, and finally as stout as a ship’s hawser; sin arrived as a passerby, next lingered for a moment, then came as a visitor, and finally became master of the house.” – Israel Shenker
104. “People won’t admit it, they’re too busy grabbing to see that the lights have fused. They can’t see the darkness and the spider-face beyond and the great web of it all. That there’s always this if you scratch at the surface of happiness and goodness. The black and the black and the black.” – John Fowles
105. “Narcissists, however, are similar to a spider that has built a web for its prey to bring itself.” – Mwanandeke Kindembo
106. “You can’t get away, you can’t escape. You’ll jump through a plate-glass window several times and end up being right back in the spider’s web.” – Tobe Hooper
107. “These decrees of yours are no different from spiders’ webs. They’ll restrain anyone weak and insignificant who gets caught in them, but they’ll be torn to shreds by people with power and wealth.” – Anacharsis
108. “Words are like the spider’s web—a shelter for the clever ones and a trap for the not so clever.” – Madagascan Proverb
109. “The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.” – Louise Bourgeois
110. “In the beginning, sin is like a thread of a spider’s web.” – Rabbi Akiva
111. “All things are interrelated and interdependent; nothing exists in isolation. The entire universe is one ecosystem, similar to a spider web—if one part is touched, the entire net shimmers.” – Matthew Flickstein
112. “Arachnids are pure evil. They’re like a cigarette manufacturer or a terrorist. They’re an organized religion on eight legs.” – Davey Havock
113. “Two spidery expressions are ‘to blow the cobwebs away,’ meaning to void one’s mind of old-fashioned ideas, and ‘to be at the center of the spider’s web’—to control a complex group or operation.” – Boze Hadleigh
114. “When the spider would attack thee, it extends its web to entangle thee.” – Sir Richard Francis Burton
115. “I excel at pulling strings! I’m a spider!” – Rick Riordan
116. “If you can feel like a good man in your 40s, you can feel like a better man in your 50s, a Superman in your 60s, and maybe a Spider-Man in your 70s.” –
117. “Compared to the bugs and the spiders and flies, I am an ape-man.” – Ray Davies
118. “Sometimes, it looks like I’m dancing, but it’s just that I walked into a spider web.” – Demetri Martin
119. “Those things freak me right the hell out. They got eight fuckin’ legs, and that ain’t natural. That’s some Dr. Seuss shit right there.” – Joanna Wylde
120. “I take my hat off to you—or I would, if I were not afraid of showering you in spiders.” – J.K. Rowling
121. “What has eight legs, fangs, and hair all over? Is it a monster? No, it’s a spider!” – Laura Marsh
122. “When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs, I clean the spider webs off.” – John Ratzenberger
123. “Touch but a cobweb in Westminster Hall, and the old spider of the law is out upon you with all his vermin at his heels.” – Henry Fox
124. “Growing up, I was the champion of spiders and moths in my house, catching and releasing them for my mother at great personal risk.” – John L. Monk
125. “Whoever authorized the evolution of the spiders of Australia should be summarily dragged out into the street and shot.” – Mira Grant
126. “No one knows, incidentally, why Australia’s spiders are so extravagantly toxic; capturing small insects and injecting them with enough poison to drop to be the most literal case of overkill. Still, it does mean that everyone gives them lots of space.” – Bill Bryson
127. “My mother early on taught us to respect all animals, and I mean all animals—not and dogs but rats and snakes and spiders and fish and wildlife, so I really grew up believing they are just like us and just as deserving of consideration.” – Joanna Lumley
128. “Spiders are anti-social, keep pests under control, and mostly mind their own business, but they somehow summon fear in humans who are far more dangerous, deceitful and have more people. Of the two, I’m more suspicious about the latter.” – Donna Lynn Hope
129. “I can’t even handle a spider in my bathtub. I’m scared of the dark, and I’ve got the ultimate, epic bug phobia.” – Tulisa
130. “A wolf spider is a fast-moving ground spider known for running after and jumping on its prey.” – Boze Hadleigh
131. “Given the nature of spiders, webs are inevitable. And given the nature of human beings, so are religions. Spiders can’t help making fly-traps, and men can’t help making symbols. That’s what the human brain is there for—to turn the chaos of given experience into a set of manageable symbols.” –
132. “Here’s an interesting thing about L.A.—it’s overrun with black widow spiders. I could find you one on the street in 10 minutes.” – Dominic Monaghan
133. “The spider’s webs catch the flies and let the hawk go free.” – Spanish
134. “I now found that the spider cannot fix its thread to anything without imprinting the hind part of its body on the place, by which pressure it emits an incredible number of excessively small threads diverging in every direction from whence we may conclude that as soon as the threads are exposed to the air, they lose their viscosity or gluey quality.” – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek
135. “In the spider web of facts, many a truth is strangled.” – Paul Eldridge
136. “That’s why their lives are worse than ours; they can’t give up and die—they have to go on.” – Philip K. Dick
137. “The , a nest; the spider, a web; man, friendship.” – William Blake
138. “Spiders—so needed and yet so misunderstood.” – Donna Lynn Hope
139. “Spiders are my kryptonite.” – Jarod Kintz
140. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself. And spiders.” – Darynda Jones
141. “Once you begin watching spiders, you haven’t time for much else.” – E.B. White
142. “My signature is like a squished spider.” – Edan Lepucki
143. “If I see a spider in my room, I gotta sleep on the couch for, like, two days.” – Jayson Tatum
144. “I always like jumping spiders. They’re just so darn cute.” – Cheryl Hayashi
145. “Teach them that a spider does not spin a web. Spiders spin meaning. Cut one strand and the web holds. Cut many, the web falls. With the web’s fall, so too falls the spider. Break the web. Break the spider. So breaks the circle of life.” – Frederic M. Perrin
146. “If I see a spider in my house, I put it in a cup, and then I take it outside. I save it. What is wrong with me?” – Jacqueline Emerson
147. “Solving crimes is like following a spider web. Everything is connected in some way. It’s just figuring out where things intersect so I can find the spider in the middle.” – Lisa Kessler
148. “This must be what a fly felt like when it was caught fast in a spider’s web.” – R.K. Lilley
149. “Some spider silks are really strong, but not all of them are. The ones that are really strong can actually rival steel and approach the tensile strength of Kevlar. Thus far, the dragline silk seems to be the strongest.” – Cheryl Hayashi
150. “A spider has no special skills other than building its web, and no lifestyle choice other than sitting still.” – Haruku Murakami
151. “As a spider web of tingles skitters over my skin, I can’t believe it. I’ve never felt this. Not even with Penny. I’m actually nervous to be with a woman.” – K.A. Tucker
152. “As the web issues out of the spider, as plants sprout from the earth, as hair grows from the body, even so, the sages say, this universe springs from the deathless self—the supreme soul, the source of life.” – Eknath Easwaran
153. “The next time you see a spider web, please, pause and look a little closer. You’ll be seeing one of the most high-performance materials known to man.” – Cheryl Hayashi
154. “The insecure people enjoy bad mouthing the others. They indulge in the continuous havoc and they tangle themselves in this spider web of plots and conflicts. I really wonder what it is about their inner life that makes them so insecure.” – Euginia Herlihy
155. “The pattern of our lives is essentially circular. We must be open to all points of the compass; husband, children, friends, home, community; stretched out, exposed, sensitive like a spider’s web to each breeze that blows, to each call that comes.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
156. “They were frightfully angry. Quite apart from the stones no spider has ever liked being called Attercop, and Tomnoddy of course is insulting to anybody.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
157. “If I see a spider in the flat, I try to get a cup and a piece of paper and throw it out of the window. I can’t kill them because they’re good for catching flies.” – Matt Smith
158. “Health is the greatest of God’s gifts, but we take it for granted; yet it hangs on a thread as fine as a spider’s web and the tiniest thing can make it snap, leaving the strongest of us helpless in an instant.” – Jennifer Worth
159. “It was a vow we made those long years ago. Neither of us spoke of it afterwards, but it hung between us like a spider web, fragile and easy to break, but danged hard to get shed of once the threads took hold.” – Cassie Dandridge Selleck
160. “The greatest artist and web-designer ever is indeed a spider!” – Munia Khan
161. “Spider venom comes in many forms. It can often take a long while to discover the full effects of the bite. Naturalists have pondered this for years—there are spiders whose bite can cause the place bitten to rot and to die, sometimes more than a year after it was bitten. As to why spiders do this, the answer is simple. It’s because spiders think this is funny, and they don’t want you ever to forget them.” – Neil Gaiman
162. “There’s a lot to do when you’re a kid—spiders to catch, girls to poke in the eye—stuff to be getting on with.” – Alan Davies
163. “A crab apple is small and sour, and a crab spider has long front legs that move sideways.” – Boze Hadleigh
164. “It is with eight lengthy legs we use to catch food, balance and knit a beautiful silk bed, but as babies we had lost our bones and skin, and hence our legs we had shed.” – Jasmine Jean
165. “One cannot separate the spider web’s form from the way in which it originated.” – Neri Oxman
166. “It was no mean trick doing the wiring with those mittens on. But I managed it and crawled out, batting spiders into the shadows. I could hear a thud as they hit the floor joists, then a scuttling sound, then, worst of all, the silence of spiders.” – Bailey White
167. “It’s like the spiders are sharing an ancient secret with me, and that’s why I’m going to spend the rest of my life studying spider silk.” – Cheryl Hayashi
168. “Look at spiders. They use about eight different properties of silk for different functions. The spider is like a multi-material 3D printer.” – Neri Oxman
169. “I freak out when I see a spider. I was doing an interview once, and there was this really big, furry spider crawling up the tripod, and I was like, ‘I can’t do this!’” – Chloe Kim
170. “I used to have a spider phobia, but I’m pretty fearless now.” – Paul Young