Category: Quotes

“And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand,
The hand that held the steel:
For only blood can wipe out blood,
And only tears can heal.”
– Oscar Wilde

“Since decade 2000 SI has exploded in the general population. The behavior is now common place in middle and high schools, and universities, in otherwise high functioning individuals.” – Barent Wal Ph. D, Self Harm Interview

“My head was full of wild ambitious urges to hurt myself. I tasted the ambrosia of maddened impulse. I wanted my interior pain out in my body somehow. I wanted this vague pain to be specific. That’s how I explain it.” – Charles Baxter, The Feast of Love

“So I’ve all got these scars
Which living with can be quite hard
Something I struggle with almost everyday
As I try to keep the painful memories away”
– notdefinedbythepast (real name unknown), These Scars

“I wrote you a poem on my wrists. I used a razor as a pen and I signed my name in blood. But you wouldn’t read it.” – Molly Ringwald’s character in Surviving

“The plain fact of it was that I was miserable—though my misery wasn’t so much sadness as it was a shrieking unease, a gnawing despair, which I had been trying that morning to cut out of myself.” – Caroline Kettlewell

“She promised herself this: when she got back home, when she was alone, she would draw the razor more deeply across her arm.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“One really ought to be afraid of self-torture. But it tempted me. It begged. The dark place that my mind was fast becoming blends, in my memory, with the dark womb of church: the chant, the fugue of prayer, the strange erotic energy that carving a very small cross into my thigh with a nail had brought.” – Marya Hornbacher, Wasted

“The plain fact of it was that I was miserable—though my misery wasn’t so much sadness as it was a shrieking unease, a gnawing despair, which I had been trying that morning to cut out of myself.” – Caroline Kettlewell, Skin Game