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
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, “The Lady with the Pet Dog” ?
I hurt myself today
to see if I could feel.
I hurt myself, you said
to try to make him feel.
So I hurt myself again
to see if he’d see me.
I hurt myself again
and no, he never could see me.
–Tori Amos, in her version of Nine Inch Nails’s “Hurt”
The day I’d first cut myself, a switch in my head had been flicked. Instead of feeling horror, I felt nothing, and although I no longer want to hurt myself, my episodes of self-harm still felt normal for me in a way. I’d sometimes forget it still shocked other people. – Ditto
Let the blood run down your arms then try and tell me everything’s okay. – Unknown
“We all have issues. We live with our issues until they start causing us conflict. Then we address our issues to change. If we don’t we live with the consequences.” – Tom Krause
“I actually attack the concept of happiness. The idea that – I don’t mind people being happy – but the idea that everything we do is part of the pursuit of happiness seems to me a really dangerous idea and has led to a contemporary disease in Western society, which is fear of sadness.” – Hugh Mackay
“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” – Helen Keller
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.” – Herbert Spencer