Once again, I wanted to kill something in myself, wanted to bleed it out until I was left with the bare, clean baseline, the absolute zero from which point I could rebuild a better version of myself. –Caroline Kettlewell, Skin Game

When I cut myself I feel so much better. All the little things that might have been annoying
me suddenly seem so trivial, because I’m concentrating on the pain. –Richey Edwards

It serves a lot of functions in my life. I use it as a way to punish myself, I use it as a way to medicate myself, I use it for the tension release when things get too strong or too built up. –Meredith, in Jane Wegscheider Hyman’s Women Living with Self-Injury

A decade of cutting away dead flesh,
cauterizing old scars ripped open over and over
and still it is not enough.
–Adrienne Rich, “Toward the Solstice”

And she has bite marks on her tongue from everything she never said. She would rather
bleed than say what she needs. – (Unknown)

They call her for dinner, she makes up a reason
She looks at her arms and she rolls down her sleeves
And her mother is starting to see through her lies
And last night her father had tears in his eyes –Lisa Loeb, She’s Falling Apart

Scar tissue has no character. It’s not like skin. It doesn’t show age or
illness or pallor or tan. It has no pores, no hair, no wrinkles. It’s like a
slip cover. –Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted

Let the blood run down your arms then try and tell me everything’s okay. -(unknown)

Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And, the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame
-SIA, Breath Me

“I hate the look of disappointments whenever you see new cuts.” -(Unknown)

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