82+ Best Self Harm Quotes You Need To Remember

Self-harm or self-injury means hurting yourself on purpose. Profoundly inspirational self harm quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Self Harm Quotes

There’s something in us that is very much attracted to madness. Everyone who looks off the edge of a tall building has felt at least a faint, morbid urge to jump. And anyone who has ever put a loaded pistol up to his head… All right, my point is this: even the most well-adjusted person is holding onto his or her sanity by a greased rope. I really believe that. The rationality circuits are shoddily built into the human animal. — Stephen King

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. — Chinese Proverb

When I was younger, I did self-mutilate. I’d be upset, so I’d do it, & it would calm me down. It’s a horrible way to feel better. But there are two parts of your brain – one that really wants to destroy the other. & sometimes the idea of self-destruction is very romantic. I got over that. — Christina Ricci

Other times, I look at my scars and see something else: a girl who was trying to cope with something horrible that she should never have had to live through at all. My scars show pain and suffering, but they also show my will to survive. They’re part of my history that’ll always be there. ― Cheryl Rainfield

I wish adults would spend less energy freaking out about the cutting itself and work harder to understand what drives kids to self-harm. — Laurie Halse Anderson

Stars are the scars of the universe. ― Ricky Maye

Yes I try to kill myself in small amounts, an innocuous occupation. Actually I’m hung up on it. — Anne Sexton

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Occasionally I wished I could walk through a picture window and have the sharp, broken shards slash me to ribbons so I would finally look like I felt. — Elizabeth Wurtzel

The scars you can’t see are the ones that hurt the most. ― Michelle Hodkin

A pattern of raised crisscrossed scars, some old and white, others more recent in various shades of pink and red. Exposing the stress of the structure underneath its paint. ― Amy Efaw

Your scars are battle wounds, but you don’t see them that way. Yet. ― Tammara Webber

i’m back at my cliff still throwing things off i listen to the sounds they make on their way down i follow him with my eyes ’till they crash imagine what my body would sound like slamming against those rocks. — Bjork

A pill to make you numb A pill to make you dumb A pill to make you anybody else But all the drugs in this world Won’t save her from herself. — Marilyn Manson

I may not be in control of anything else, but I am in control of my body. — Karen Carpenter

I cut myself because you wouldn’t let me cry. I cried because you wouldn’t let me speak. I spoke because you wouldn’t let me shine. I shone because I thought you loved me… ― Emilie Autumn

To me, I see scars of courage. Inflicting them gave him the strength to survive the pain that’s plagued him all his life. I’m grateful to every one of them because he’s still here with me. ― Nicola Haken

I stopped. She was bleeding after all. Perfect lines crossed her wrists, not near any crucial veins, but enough to leave wet red tracks across her skin. She hadn’t hit her veins when she did this; death hadn’t been her goal. ― Richelle Mead

They’ll just cut our wrists like Cheap coupons and say that death Was on sale today. — Marilyn Manson

What is good for you creatively is usually bad commercially. You thrive financially by sticking to a series and not fiddling about too much. You do yourself harm by moving away from the series and the genre. By trying things not based in that particular mode of writing, you will just lose readers. — John Connolly

You might imagine that a person would resort to self-mutilation only under extremes of duress, but once I’d crossed that line the first time, taken that fateful step off the precipice, then almost any reason was a good enough reason, almost any provocation was provocation enough. Cutting was my all-purpose solution. ― Caroline Kettlewell

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Delia’s arms were inscribed with a grid of self- inflicted wounds, an intricate text of self-loathing — Jay McInerney

People say things meant to rip you in half but you hold the power to not turn their words into a knife and cut yourself. ― Rupi Kaur

Never praise a sister to a sister, in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears, and so preparing the way for you later on. Sisters are women first, and sisters afterwards; and you will find that you do yourself harm. — Rudyard Kipling

My hand no longer trembled out of fear, but out of anticipation. I knew I was addicted to the rush it provided, to the release it provided from the emotional mess I had become, but I didn’t care. It wasn’t drugs. It was just a few cuts on my arm. ― S.M. Koz

My words of encouragement for teen girls suffering with eating disorders, self-harm, anything… is to get help. It’s the most important thing you can do for yourself, and it can change your life and potentially save your life. — Demi Lovato

… it’s remembering what it’s like to cut and cut hard. The way you have to dig the glass in, deeply, right away, to break the skin and then drag, and drag fiercely, to make a river worth drowning in. ― Kathleen Glasgow

That’s when I wanted to cut. I cut to quiet the cacophony. I cut to end this abstracted agony, to reel myself back to one present and physical whole, whose blood was the proof of her tangibility. ― Caroline Kettlewell

There is only one effective antidote for mental suffering and that is physical pain. — Karl Marx

If I commit suicide, it will not be to destroy myself, but to put myself back together again. Suicide will be for me only one means of violently reconquering myself, of brutally invading my being, of anticipating the unpredictable approaches of God. By suicide, I reintroduce my design in nature, I shall for the first time give things the shape of my will. — Antonin Artaud

Got a little red line that tells you, boy where the razor’s been. — Tori Amos

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 Furler

There were times I felt so anxious, almost like I was crawling out of my skin – that if I didn’t do something physical to match the way I felt inside, I would explode. I cut myself to take my mind off that. I just didn’t care what happened. I had no fear. — Demi Lovato

It’s just I might get distracted, and I get lost kind of easily, and sometimes I have really bad days…when, you know, I just want to hide or scream or bleed or something, and…all that… — Neil Gaiman

Night after night I inflict abuse on myself, even drawing blood. It’s strangely calming. I know the pain will stop whenever I want. I was the one who decided when it should start; I will be the one to decide when it stops. However much it hurts, I draw some comfort from the idea that I’m in control. ― Maude Julien

Some people go shopping – I cut myself. — Angelina Jolie

You have so much pain inside yourself that you try & hurt yourself on the outside because you want help. — Princess Diana

I am so angry all the time, and so sad, and it screams inside me and never stops. Cutting is the only thing that eases me. ― Zoë Marriott

Hush little baby, Don’t you cry, Don’t cut your arms, Don’t say goodbye. Put down that razor, Put down that light, It may be hard but, You’ll win this fight. — Emily Giffin

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Yes, there was something special about me, and I knew what it was. I was the kind of girl they found dead in a hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand. — Marilyn Monroe

When you have a persistent sense of heartbreak and gut-wrench, the physical sensations become intolerable and we will do anything to make those feelings disappear. And that is really the origin of what happens in human pathology. People take drugs to make it disappear, and they cut themselves to make it disappear, and they starve themselves to make it disappear, and they have sex with anyone who comes along to make it disappear and once you have these horrible sensations in your body, you’ll do anything to make it go away. ― Bessel A. van der Kolk

You never come back, not all the way. Always there is an odd distance between you and the people you love and the people you meet, a barrier thin as the glass of a mirror, you never come all the way out of the mirror; you stand, for the rest of your life, with one foot in this world and no one in another, where everything is upside down and backward and sad. — Marya Hornbacher

I can feel the hurt. There’s something good about it. Mostly it makes me stop remembering. ― Albert Borris

The woman is perfected. Her dead Body wears the smile of accomplishment. — Sylvia Plath

…when I look at my arms, I don’t think revolutionary. I think sad, and pain, but not revolutionary. ― Kathleen Glasgow

Sometimes I even cut myself to see how much it bleeds It’s like adrenaline, the pain is such a sudden rush for me. — Eminem

I no longer have any fear of pain because I’m the one inflicting it and can decide when it stops. ― Maude Julien

She felt so much emotionally, she would say, that a physical outlet – physical pain – was the only way to make her internal pain go away. It was the only way she could control it. — Richelle Mead

Self-mutilation is a very different issue to suicide. It is a controlled pain personal to you, allowing you to live/exist to some degree. ― Richy Edwards

Self-harm – the world will come at you with knives anyway. You do not need to beat them to it. — Caitlin Moran

Never feel this bad again. Never come back to this place, where only a knife will do. Live a gentle and kind life. Don’t do things that make you want to hurt yourself. — Caitlin Moran

Unspeakable feelings need to find expression in words. However… verbalization of very intense feelings may be a difficult task. ― James A. Chu

A successful suicide demands good organization and a cool head, both of which are usually incompatible with the suicidal state of mind. — Susanna Kaysen

This pain is comfort. It is the solace of physicality, like a touch. ― Johnny Rich

If you want to help people, ask why they are in so much pain that they are driven (there’s that word again) to escape from it through ultimately self-harming habits or substances. ― Timothy Ferriss

For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray [sic] days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing is going to happen and you are washing a glass in the sink and it breaks – accidentally – and punctures your skin. And then there is this shocking red, the brightest thing in the day, so vibrant it buzzes, this blood of yours. That is okay sometimes because at least you know you’re alive. — Augusten Burroughs

“Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. ― J.K. Rowling

You don’t feel like you’re hurting yourself when you’re cutting. You feel like this is the only way to take care of yourself. ― Marilee Strong

Having a strong urge is like having a child throw a temper tantrum inside you, screaming “Hurt yourself!” But if you repeatedly ignore the urge’s request and don’t harm yourself, your brain will learn that urges don’t work, just as a child learns that throwing a tantrum won’t work. ― Kim L. Gratz

I moved in front of the medicine cabinet. If I looked in the mirror while I did it, it would be like watching somebody else, in a book or a play. ― Sylvia Plath

I think that’s all a form of wanting to let go, of wanting to get out… It’s not something easily described or understood. — Marilyn Manson

It’s important to keep in mind that most people have no idea how to respond effectively to someone who self-harms. ― Kim L. Gratz

Rehashing thoughts of painful events from the past or imagining negative events of the future is self-abuse and can be more destructive than physical harm. ― Maddy Malhotra

My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist. — Johnny Depp

I was thinking about stabbing myself in the face—not actually considering stabbing myself in the face, but thinking that it would be a physical expression of how I felt. ― Catherine Lacey

When clients self-harm, for example, these days, we understand their actions to be instinctive, rather than thought out—an effort to regulate or relieve, rather than punish. ― Janina Fisher

Self-injury is a sign of distress, not madness. ― Corey Anderson

We both knew what it was to hurt our bodies. It’s a strange reason to bond with someone, but I think we both needed to feel understood, and, even though we couldn’t love ourselves, we could love each other. ― Melissa C. Water

In all of your living, don’t forget to live. ― Ricky Maye

Blood transforms the warm bath water and, in it, I see weakly that this was a mistake. The razor’s cut is not deep, nevertheless the blood rushes out happily in the warm water as if kin to it, the same tender substance. Rising a new person transformed with an icy sense of error I go to the sink and turn on cold water which is not friendly to blood. The cut is deeper than imagined. — Joyce Carol Oates

What possesses them, these young girls with a talent for self-immolation? ― Margaret Atwood

Throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. ― Leila Sales

Moderation resembles temperance. We are not so unwilling to eat more, as afraid of doing ourselves harm by it. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Stop looking back when your future is ahead of you. ― Ricky Maye

The past does not define me, it ignites me. The past is not a piece of me, it has placed me. ― Ricky Maye

Take control of your emotions before your emotions take control of you. ― Scott Dye

Would you carry a razor, in case, just in case of depression? — David Bowie

Don’t ever forget you are beautiful, although your life, your past and your present situation may be ugly. You are beautiful. ― Ricky Maye

I found out to wait it out that it gets better. I wrote music instead of going to the blade. ― Vic Fuentes

“The window was still open.” Mr Lisbon said. “I don’t think we’d ever remembered to shut it. It was all clear to me. I knew I had to close it or else she’d go on jumping out of it forever.” — Jeffrey Eugenides

When you feel at sea in an abyss of emotions, reconnecting to the beauty of your soul can be difficult, but it is never impossible. ― Lorraine Nilon

This might surprise you, but one of the best ways to manage your emotions is simply to experience that emotion and let it run its course. ― Kim L. Gratz

And wishes, truly wishes, that she could say the same herself. Because hurting herself would be so much easier. ― Amy Efaw

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