Quotes about Scars

Wounds heal and become scars. But scars grow with us. ~Stanisław J. Lec, Unkempt Thoughts, translated from the Polish by Jacek Gałązka, 1962

Scars are tattoos with better stories. ~Toyota advertisement, in Sports Illustrated, 2002 June 3rd

Scars remind us where we’ve been — they don’t have to dictate where we’re going. ~Jeff Davis, Rick Dunkle, & Oanh Ly, Criminal Minds, “The Slave of Duty,” 2009  [S5, E10, David Rossi]

It is true of most human beings that if they had no physical body, they would still have an identifying scar. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

A scar is a prayer of gratitude for that which remains. ~Terri Guillemets

Most men have more scars on their souls than on their bodies. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher’s Stone, 1882

I just don’t want to die without a few scars. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996

Peter Cooper’s body was marked by the falls, mauls, hauls, and scars of burns and explosions. Surely if God does not look us over for medals and diplomas, but for scars, then Peter Cooper fulfilled the requirements. ~Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of Great Business Men, 1909

Life grows beautiful flowers over old scars. ~Terri Guillemets

Anybody who is 25 or 30 years old has physical scars from all sorts of things, from tuberculosis to polio. It’s the same with the mind. ~Moses R. Kaufman

Every day you either see a scar or courage. Where you dwell will define your struggle. ~Dodinsky

The defects of the soul are like wounds in the body — whatever care one takes to heal, the scar still appears, and they are every moment in danger of reopening. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

Words make a deeper scar than silence can ever heal. ~Libraries: A Monthly Review of Library Matters and Methods, February 1929

There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar always means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. ~Harry Crews, Scar Lover, 1992

Scars tell us more about the future than the past, about how we can live strong despite any pain we’ve been through. ~Terri Guillemets

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you are stronger than whatever tried to hurt you. ~Author unknown

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever. ~Vince McKewin, The Replacements, 2000  [Shane Falco –tg]

I need to get over the hard times of my past. They’ve left scars, but scars are just memories. ~Terri Guillemets

The scars of the body — what are they, compared to the hidden ones of the heart? ~Françoise d’Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635–1719)

Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

When wounds are healed by love,
The scars are beautiful.
~David Bowles, “Kintsukuroi,” Shattering and Bricolage, 2014

The scars you can’t see are the hardest to heal. ~Terri Guillemets

Scar Quotations
Original post date: 2002 Mar 2
1st major revision: 2012 Jan 7
2nd major revision: 2019 Apr 30