Hurtful Words Quotes – How Words Can Hurt

This collection of quotes are all about how words can be hurtful.

We often speak about the enormous power of thoughts and words. We usually like to focus on the positives.

However, there is no denying that when we use hurtful words (to ourselves and to others) they have a big, nasty and negative impact.

That’s what we’re talking about today. These quotes highlight just how much of an affect hurtful words can have on us and why we need to reconsider how we use our words, to ourselves and to others.


Hurtful Words Quotes


“A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


“By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.” Winston Churchill


“When someone tells you that you have done something that has hurt them, you don’t get to decide that you didn’t.” Karon Waddell


“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can hurt like hell.” Chuck Palahniuk


“Words will scratch more hearts than swords.” Atticus


“The most hurtful thing is not what comes from our adversaries, it’s what comes from our friends.” Gloria Steinem


“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” C. S. Lewis


“We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” Winston Churchill


“Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.” Victor Hugo


“Words can hurt you. In the larger world, it frames how people think about you, and it can hurt you in lots of little, subtle ways.” Nathan Myhrvold


“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” Yehuda Berg


“Dogs bite sometimes, people bite at all times, with their hurtful words” Mehmet Murat ildan


“There are some people that should stay quiet, because they understand. As there are those that should stay quiet, because they don’t understand. Some things are better left unsaid or voiced.” Anthony Liccione


“A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.” Benjamin Franklin


“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” This is a lie. What we say matters. The unkind things we communicate can soil the best of relationships; even with the deepest of regrets…what lingers is a stain of hurt that may fade but will never truly go away. The wounding words we say are like feathers released in a harsh wind, once said; we will never get them back.” Jason Versey


“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – YOU choose.” Solomon


“No one can continually insult you or hurt your feelings without your permission.” Les Brown


Sad Hurtful Quotes


“For some reason if we hear 100 praises and one criticism, we focus on that one hurtful thing.” Carmen Electra


“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling


“People say sticks and stones may break your bones, but names can never hurt you, but that’s not true. Words can hurt. They hurt me. Things were said to me that I still haven’t forgotten.” Demi Lovato


“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” Socrates


“It is hurtful to read things which are not true. I am learning to focus only on my work and not pay heed to any negativity.” Kapil Sharma


“Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” Natsuki Takaya


“I wish i were a little girl again, because skinned knees are easier to fix than broken heart.” Julia Roberts


“Hurtful words lacerate the heart. Although it may heal over time, scars will never completely disappear.” Anoir Ou-chad


“When the person you love can’t see your love for them beneath the painful things you say when they reject you, remember this: Love is blind.” Shannon L. Alder


“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” Nathaniel Hawthorne


“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.” Napoleon Hill


“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.” Eric Idle


“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama


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