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Quotations 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

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

Gash'd with honourable scars... ~James Montgomery (1771–1854), "The Battle of Alexandria"

It is true of most human beings that if they had no physical body, they would still have an identifying scar. ~Robert Brault, 2015,

I'm human. Healing is one of the things humans do best. And most of us have the scars to prove it. ~Sharon Randall, 1998,

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

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

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

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

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

No scar is dishonorable which is a mark of courage. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

Even when the wound is healed, the scar remains. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

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, 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 are lessons, or victories, memorialized in flesh. ~Terri Guillemets

"Daddy, tell me your best secret." (I have woven
a parachute out of everything broken; my scars
are my shield; and I jump, daylight or dark,
into any country, where as I descend I turn
native and stumble into terribly human speech
and wince recognition.)
~William Stafford, "Any Time," c. 1967

A scar is a memory from the scrapbook your body is keeping about you. ~Terri Guillemets

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

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

According to Madam Pomfrey, thoughts could leave deeper scarring than almost anything else... ~J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003

Scar — fossil in flesh,
a hard-earned relic from your life
~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), as quoted in Thomas Taylor, The Golden Treasury of Thought, 1873

I need to get over the hard times of my past. They've left scars, but scars are just memories. ~Terri Guillemets, "Stitches & seams," 2005

War veterans do not hide their scars, they show them with pride... Visible scars are these, to be seen of all men — honorable badges of service. Other scars there are that are not apparent to the eye, but they exist in the mind and in the soul. They are the cicatrices of wounds received in that constant, never ending warfare which is life. ~Charles N. Lurie, 1914

A scar is a moment of your life preserved like the imprint of a pressed flower in a scrapbook. ~Terri Guillemets

Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966, © Thomas Paine McLaughlin

Who has not raised a tombstone, here and there, over buried hopes and dead joys, on the road of life? Like the scars of the heart, they are not to be obliterated. ~Ninon de Lenclos (1620–1705), as quoted in Thomas Taylor, The Golden Treasury of Thought, 1873

My scars are mostly on the inside. ~Terri Guillemets, 1994

The wounds of conscience always leave a scar. ~Publilius Syrus, 1st century BCE, from the Latin by D. Lyman, 1856

Emotional scars are the hardest to heal... ~Elyssa Jordan, Executioner's Prize, 1992

It's always the psychological scars that are most difficult to heal. ~Ned Cresswell, A Hollywood Conscience, 1994

The scars you can't see are the hardest to heal. ~Terri Guillemets, journal, 1995

She had other plans for her life, plans that didn't include a man with so many scars. It wasn't the physical scars that bothered her. It was the emotional ones; those would be the hardest to heal. ~Dallas Schulze, Summer Dreams, 1999

      Remember that old operation, how the deep wound slowly healed? But, even after healing, there was left a calloused welt as tough as hard wood. Scar tissue — the doctor told you.
      You do not need a bodily wound to leave scar tissue. Old, bitter wounds of fear and hate leave scars as well. Old, cherished prejudices and superstitions. Even too closely cherished joys that long are past may leave scar tissue on your spirit. Scar tissue through which no clean hope can penetrate.
      Maybe you think the old, old hurts will not bind you down as they did last year. So perhaps you think you need not worry about them… you can still go on with that mental scar tissue that's been hardening in your mind and soul.
      You can't. Scar tissues of memory are as vicious and as hard as any which a knife has left upon your flesh.
      The new year lies ahead with all its fresh new starts… its chances to find new joys, new hope, new courage and new love. But if you drag the deepening callous of old memories… if you choose to wall yourself from life by either fear or hate or pleasure or remorse which started in the days so long ago, this next year holds no growth in days ahead.
      The flesh beneath old, hardened tissue does not grow. The mind and soul that live in yesterday cannot go on. They form a barrier tougher than tooled steel against new life.
      If you would wake and hope and have the bravery to grasp the treasure which lies ahead, you must release your grip on all the hardened dreams and blunders and sorrows in the past.
      Release your grip on all your vain regrets. Release your grip on all old, gnawing fears. Release your grip on bubble dreams that broke. Release your grip on too long cherished joys lest you become a helpless, clinging child who holds mother's apron or your father's hand.
      Release your grip and dare to live today.
      Let the old year take care of its old scars. Go on with a new spirit to this year's new dawns. New growth can only happen if you put old scars away. ~Elsie Robinson, 1947  [a little altered —tg]

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