Self Injury, Self Harm Quotes Provide Insight

Read self injury quotes, self harm quotes from authors, musicians, and regular people. Includes self mutilation quotes from those who self injure.

Self-injury quotes can help other self-injurers understand that they're not alone. Reading or hearing the thoughts of another person who struggles with feelings of being emotionally overwhelmed can provide comfort and a place for recovery to begin. Self-harm quotes can also offer people outside the secretive culture of self-harm insight into the phenomenon.

If self-injurers can gain a better perspective on why they self-harm and hurt themselves; and outsiders can garner some sort of understanding into the psyche of these people, perhaps healing can come of it.

Self Injury Quotes

Check out these self-injury quotes from a website owned and operated by Daniel, a 21-year-old native of New Zealand. He says he chose the quotes because they have a lot of meaning to him and, although penned by others, speak his own truth.

"I wear my self-harm scars proudly. They represent the battles through which I have gone, and I am proud because those battles I have won." ~Aly

"Self-injury is a sign of distress not madness. We should be congratulated on having found a way of surviving." ~Cory Anderson

"How will you know I am hurting, if you cannot see my pain? To wear it on my body tells what words cannot explain." ~C. Blount

"I know what it's like to want to die. How it hurts to smile. How you try to fit in, but you can't. How you hurt yourself on the outside to try to kill the thing on the inside." ~Susanna Kaysen, Girl Interrupted

"I can't stop thinking about cutting myself up. Visual bruises can be covered with make-up, but down to the core, I'm all bruises." ~Majandra Delfino, Bruises

Self Harm Quotes

The following self-harm quotes come from the XxDailyDreamxX website. The site owner does not include credit for the origins of the quotes, but they provide frank insight into the minds of self-injurers.

"When will people understand that words can cut as sharply as any blade, and that those cuts leave scars upon our souls." ~Anonymous

"She cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside." ~Anonymous

"Real cutters don't cut for attention or for the pain, real cutters cut for the satisfaction of being in control of something." ~Anonymous

"The lines I wear around my wrist are there to prove that I exist." ~Anonymous

Self Mutilation Quotes

Self-mutilation quotes that offer insight and understanding. Some come from books, celebrities who self-harm or movies about self-injury, others from individuals with some sort of connection to self-harm – either through a loved one or from personal experience.

"Told I talked too much, made too much noise. I took up a silent hobby – Bleeding." ~S. Marie

"Scars on our souls frequently lead to scars on the outside from self-inflicted wounds. Together we can empower one another and move toward healing. ~Amy Tippins, RockScar Love Designs

"I can feel the hurt. There's something good about it. Mostly it makes me stop remembering." ~Albert Borris, Crash Into Me

"Each scar's a cipher rimmed with old barbs and landmines, protecting its truth." ~JLB

Do you have your own self-injury quotes? You don't have to be a self-injurer to feel the weight of these utterances. Perhaps your child, best friend, or loved one inflicts harm upon him or herself. It might help to keep a journal of your thoughts in digital or written format.

For more insight into self-harm, read these self-injury stories.

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Gluck, S. (2021, December 25). Self Injury, Self Harm Quotes Provide Insight, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 16 from

Last Updated: March 25, 2022

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