100+ Best Trauma Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. Profoundly inspirational trauma quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Trauma Quotes

All children have to be deceived if they are to grow up without trauma. — Kazuo Ishiguro

I went to the doctor, and about an hour later, I was in the trauma center. — Stephanie Davis

Step-parenting and being a step-sibling presents a lot of exciting opportunities. When families break up and re-form, there may be less order, less certainty, and a bit more trauma involved, but kids can end up having half-a-dozen parent figures. — Morris Gleitzman

I don’t think that trauma is an illusion; there is no question in my mind that circumstances beyond our control can shape and define us. But ultimately, we make choices about letting ourselves be defined by our pasts. — Christina Baker Kline

I did have imprinted on me the idea of trauma that changes things dramatically and suddenly. As a writer, I return to that again and again because it fascinates me, and it’s where I come from, in a sense. — Ann Packer

Characters who experience great trauma will sometimes create an escape. — Geoffrey S. Fletcher

We’ll be given an opportunity to show why David shouldn’t be put through the trauma of reliving the horror. — Hersh Wolch

Yesterday afternoon he was opening both eyes and blinking, not focusing on anyone, but we could see positive improvements. We see positive things happening, we won’t know the extent of the head trauma until he wakes up, and that could be a week. We don’t know. — Brent Nelson

To tell a woman who has suffered through the trauma of rape or an incident of incest and who has been impregnated that she can’t terminate her pregnancy because she has not reported it in seven days is a real affront to the sensitivity and trauma of the situation. — B. F. Skinner

UC Davis has the only Level 1 trauma center in inland Northern California, and our gift helps preserve this invaluable resource for the community. — Michael Chapman

Biggest worry is trying to figure out why they are in the state they are in, if its not a trauma type situation like a car accident or something like that, if it’s a medical you really feel behind behind the problem, but if you can have an idea what you are dealing with it puts us that much farther ahead in helping that patient out. — Tom Felton

Right now the blood supply is very fragile and just one serious trauma could wipe-out the supply in any one type. Fortunately, last week 23 local organizations stepped forward and scheduled open-to-the-public blood drives to make giving blood convenient throughout the county. — Lynn Stedd

Our hearts are with them. It’s an awful thing to go through. Rape survivors often have to live with a lifetime of trauma and trouble, and we hope they will be OK. — Bill Lockyer

Today is an important day for children who have been victimized by sexual predators, … SB 138 protects these young innocents from further trauma and intimidation in the courtroom. — Abel Maldonado

She told about how the chaplain came to tell her that her husband had died and all the trauma that she went through. — Joe Doherty

He does not have any type of debilitating injury. There is trauma in the neck area and he is sore. — Tom Coughlin

One challenge is trying to extend access to more poorly served communities in rural areas and in the inner city. Sometimes you have kids who are suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, and they have no way of getting access to the remedies that are available to them. — Scott Stossel

If all of what they’ve seen is what they’ve seen on television, then the impact can be powerful. They may not have seen their particular place. There may be additional trauma to them and it takes its toll. — Thomas Mason

I would like to see the day … where I can meet Elian, wherever he is, and sit down and talk to him, not about the tragedy and trauma that he has been through, but about himself and what his interests are, … He is obviously a wonderful little boy. — Janet Reno

(Pamela Morgan) is believed to have drowned. There were no signs of physical trauma to her body. — Jennifer Johnson

It is a huge trauma here, … It’s very upsetting and very painful for everybody. It’s like this huge family fight. Every night the television is filled with images of people crying and soldiers crying. Even people who support disengagement, like me, aren’t really sure if this is a good idea or not. — Daniel Hoffman

We decided the trauma I received would not allow me to enter the ring on November 12. — Vitali Klitschko

When it comes to children, I look at things differently. I see him locking his eyes in court, and I see the nervousness and trauma in the girl’s eyes as she looks at him. — RM Gayle

The Executive Office of the President seems to care more about hiding the truth about military sexual trauma rather than putting forward a budget to help women and men who have suffered military sexual assault and rape. — Bob Filner

This would be an absolutely novel treatment. Given what a big problem brain trauma is in society, any new therapy could make an important difference. — James Baumgartner

The 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession that followed have had devastating effects on the U.S. economy and millions of American lives. But the U.S. economy will emerge from its trauma stronger and widely restructured. — Roger Altman

I think that exacerbated the situation a little bit more. It was a combination of that trauma and my body kind of protecting itself from the (groin) surgery. Every day I’m doing everything I can to try and get loose. — Nomar Garciaparra

Trauma for vehicular accidents drops off until the snow hits the deck. Then the snow melts away and the numbers drop. — G. Kealey

Matthew Shepard died as a result of the blunt trauma injuries he sustained to his head and face. — Patrick Allen

He needed to get to a trauma center really quick. It took a hell of a thumping. — Dave Griffiths

But they said he was going to be okay. At the same time, we were told he was going to the trauma unit. — Pam Saylor

Well I knew there was trauma to the neck, and I later found out that they probably had an altercation and the woman had mentioned something that Jimmy, that’s the guy that died, had done it to her and that he had turned on himself and then cut his throat. — Peter Salinas

To imagine that trauma casts out fantasy is a dangerous mistake. — Ellen Willis

Without a Level I Trauma Center, you’re offering second-level care. — Peter Deblieux

I wouldn’t expect him to be back before the All-Star break. The infection he’s got is pretty tough to get rid of and because he already had one replacement there’s no blood flow in that area so it’s hard to knock it out. So it’s going to be basically take the hip out, knock out the infection, put a new one back in. That’s a lot of trauma on the body. — Bronson Arroyo

I interviewed dozens and dozens of African women who had endured more hardship and trauma than most Westerners even read about, and they ploughed on. I often openly cried during interviews, unable to process this violence and hatred towards women I was witnessing. — Lynsey Addario

The trauma wasn’t just from the robbery. It was almost as bad having a lot of reporters chasing me day and night asking for details. … These guys camped on my lawn for a few days and wouldn’t leave me alone. — Michael Crichton

Trauma is nothing more than being stuck in what you believe. — Byron Katie

Trauma is not the sole province of victims. If that were true, soldiers returning from Afghanistan wouldn’t suffer from PTSD. — Jane Leavy

Multiple personalities are never caused by some mild incident; they’re always caused by trauma to the child, either sexual or physical abuse. — Erika Slezak

no one had experiences any more, only traumas. — Beryl Bainbridge

We are seeing an evolving new international economy. We are in the process of learning how it works as we are doing it, … Fortunately, the trauma that came out of the Russian default created so much risk aversion … we probably have time to be deliberative in determining how the (international monetary) structure ought to be structured. — Alan Greenspan

Car flipped over on him – waist on up – flipped on me – waist on down – broke my back in three places. In a fraction of a second, I woke up in a shock trauma unit. I had tubes coming out of me. I couldn’t move. I was paralyzed from the waist down. — Thomas Brinkman

I think it’s good business to enhance any services we have, … (The trauma center designation) requires a certain level of education and training that you don’t necessarily do for the usual emergency room. All of our nurses have gone through a trauma nurse training center. When people hear that you have that higher level of training, people do come. — Donna Johnson

Do you ask the same questions about the trauma the nation suffers when you are removing a judge as when you are removing a president? … That answer must be stunningly different when you are asked should the president of the United States be removed and the will of the electorate overturned. — Charles Ruff

No person can escape Einsteinian relativity, and no soldier or veteran can escape the trauma of war’s dislocation. — Joe Haldeman

Politics is a tough game. But would I change places with a trauma nurse in an emergency ward on a busy Saturday night? No way. There are lots of jobs in the world that are tougher than politics. And politicians and people who’ve done it need to remember that. — Michael Ignatieff

The creative person is usually rebellious. He or she is the survivor of a trauma called education. — Source Unknown

The drama and the trauma of the relationship you have when you’re 16 can mirror the one you have when you’re 26. Life repeats itself. — Taylor Swift

This will force women out of the state and would cost more money and more time and a lot of women may not realize they have that option. It increases the trauma for those who have been sexually assaulted. — Charon Asetoyer

As a children’s author, reviewers are generally very nice to you. I only ever wrote one adult book and received such a kicking for it that I was in trauma for the next six months. — Anthony Horowitz

The psychological trauma of hurricanes and floods impacts children the hardest. Why do children exhibit psychological trauma? There are two sources of security for a child: The security of their parents and the predictability of their physical environment. During a hurricane both are threatened. — Robert Butterworth

I don’t remember my childhood very well for one reason or another, possibly childhood trauma or possibly just a very bad memory. My early life has sort of been erased from my memory banks. — Michel Faber

There is a risk that if China liberalizes the foreign exchange system when the banks need to be recapitalized, there could be trauma in the system. My impression is that the Chinese are going to be as gradual as they can. — Carlos Asilis

Someone who has experienced trauma also has gifts to offer all of us – in their depth, their knowledge of our universal vulnerability, and their experience of the power of compassion. — Sharon Salzberg

When you travel through Montgomery County and notice the white crosses on the sides of the roads, keep in mind that the nearest trauma center to each cross is downtown Houston. The 2007 Texas Legislature will consider appropriating money for more trauma centers. If elected to the hospital district board, I plan on putting Montgomery County at the front of the line for one of these new facilities. — Jim Becka

I think there was a lot of wounding that happened as a child because I didn’t really feel like I could go to my father, because I had to hide things and protect myself from my father, because he was the punisher, … If your child can’t come to you with their problems or they have to hide their mistakes from you, that’s going to be a bit of a trauma for your child. And depending on how much punishment they get, the more trauma there is. — John Gray

Among young people, often a key factor in them committing suicide is the trauma of transient relationships. They throw themselves into a friendship or network of friendships, then it collapses and they’re desolate. — Vincent Nichols

While I want to thank the people and businesses throughout Wisconsin who have already contributed to this enormous effort — there is still so much more to do, … It’s clear the clean-up and recovery is going to take a very long time. Those who have lost everything will need assistance for everything from housing, to schooling, to finding new jobs, and Wisconsin’s relief efforts will not cease until all those who have survived this trauma are safe and secure. — Jim Doyle

Shame produces trauma. Trauma produces paralysis. — bell hooks

I had absolutely no trauma in my childhood. If anyone ever assumed that my books were autobiographical, they’d be sorely disappointed, because none of these things happened to me. — Jodi Picoult

We have experienced all too often that our wounded troops suffering from severe head trauma have had to be flown to hospitals such as Brook Army Medical Center in Texas to receive specialized head and brain trauma treatment. We are proposing the privately funded construction and donation of a specialized brain trauma unit on the west coast at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California. The Freedom Is Not Free Foundation has garnered massive support from the civilian and corporate communities for such a site and we will be presenting our proposal for a Private Sector/Government funded partnership to make sure this project comes to fruition. — Mark Wilson

Most people are remarkably resilient. Even those who have been through war or great loss often find reservoirs of strength. But the legacy of trauma is a heavy burden to bear. — Christina Baker Kline

Some churches from time to time had gone through the trauma of splitting. Churches would call him in. He had a ministry of helping them to heal. — David Cloud

Our squad members are getting access to trauma and grief counselors. It’s becoming a very difficult task. — Charles Hood

This nightmare has gone on long enough. We once again call upon President Bush to make good on his promises to the people of the Gulf. This is a national crisis and requires strong national leadership to assure that all displaced people are safely re-housed as soon as possible. They should not have to endure more trauma – most especially at the hands of their federal government. — Sheila Crowley

We call upon the INS to take no precipitous actions between now and the time this appeal is heard because we think it is so clear that the rights of child have to be heard without further disruption, without further dislocation, without further trauma of any sort. — Kendall Coffey

We’re all born storytellers. It’s part of the species. But, more specifically, I suppose a particular combination of sensitivity and trauma made me a writer: an essential disquiet with reality, which required exploration through portrayal. — Nic Pizzolatto

Upon our arrival, we were told by (emergency medical technicians) that Carmicheal received blunt force trauma to the head. They apparently beat, kicked and hit him with an object. — Robert Winn

The army has won it has defeated its own sons and daughters successfully. Personally, I will remain steadfast in my determination not to rest until Sharon is removed from government so that this trauma is never repeated. — Benny Elon

He is suffering a lot of psychological trauma that he doesn’t know he is going through. — Daniel Sullivan

You can definitely get killed, but something would have to go really wrong. It’s only as safe as you are. Hand, finger and shoulder injuries are more common than any major trauma caused by a fall. — Logan White

Until the legacy of remembered and reenacted trauma is taken seriously, black America cannot heal. — bell hooks

You have got to take into account the intensity of the game. We get a feel after the game, the physical toll it has taken on the players. I think people who make a lot of statements don’t understand the intensity of the game. Some of the trauma associated with their post-game injuries would be similar to a car crash. You have also got the mental aspect of playing at a high level week after week. It is a totally different environment that we are talking about. — Wayne Smith

Dance has a transformative effect on bodily trauma. — Eve Ensler

Trauma creates one of four types of people: victims, rescuers, or perps – and if you’re really lucky and really strong and very willing and brave, survivors. — Allison Anders

I think I knew I was funny in Elementary School. I think most funny people realize it when they’re young. It tends to come out of stress or trauma – something that makes you want to be funny. — Julie Brown

If only the human body could handle trauma as well as biotechnology stocks do. — Alex Berenson

Clowning is a trick to get love close. I can hug 99 percent of people in the first second of contact if I’m in my clown character. The clown assumes your humanity. It assumes that, whatever trauma you’ve had, you can still love yourself. — Patch Adams

Gerald R. Ford was a decent and honorable man. Under his steady hand, the nation began the process of recovering from the terrible trauma of Watergate – the lies, distortions, cover-ups, misuses of federal agencies to exact political revenge, illegal wiretapping, burglaries. — Richard Ben-Veniste

We were front-line trauma triage people, … We wanted to get out front where we could use our skills. — William Brown

Trauma fractures comprehension as a pebble shatters a windshield. The wound at the site of impact spreads across the field of vision, obscuring reality and challenging belief. — Jane Leavy

When someone is traumatized, walls form around trauma — like a scar — and it’s hard to get someone to open up and talk about it, … Ecstasy: A Complete Guide. — Julie Holland

Comedy can be a cathartic way to deal with personal trauma. — Robin Williams

The reason is, it’s a joint study and from a logistics and practical standpoint, it does not make sense to have only one trauma center participating. — Jess Gomez

The American foreign policy trauma of the sixties and seventies was caused by applying valid principles to unsuitable conditions. — Henry A. Kissinger

We don’t really know much about their condition, … other than that they had some bear bites and possibly other trauma from the fall. We just don’t know the extent of their injuries yet. — Amy Vanderbilt

I was so tiny when my parents split up that I can’t remember them ever being together. That was never an issue, as I guess I never went through the trauma of them splitting up. — Holliday Grainger

Trauma funds aren’t going into the San Gabriel Valley, but paying for the trauma patients that get treated in the basin. Over 96 percent of patients are getting trauma care. We’re doing the best we can do. — Carol Meyer

It does help. But when Lee Memorial must pay $11 million a year to the trauma center, $1 million is only a small help. — Linda Brown

Rwanda, which is one of the younger independent states in Africa, must be regarded as a model of how great human trauma can be transformed to commence true reconstruction of people. Human trauma can lead to stunted growth and mass withdrawal. — Wole Soyinka

To recover from the trauma of this devastation we cannot simply re-create what those storms destroyed. — Kathleen Blanco

Trauma care has become both very technological and very expensive. — Rick Wade

I understand what it is to go through emotional trauma and retreat and go into the world of your imagination. I understand how art and music can be a place of safety in a world of reinvention. — Sam Taylor-Wood

From the beginning, we have been mindful of the fact that at the center of this case is a 6-year-old boy who has been through a terrible ordeal. We are concerned for him and will continue to try to resolve this matter in a way that avoids additional trauma to him. — Janet Reno

We are looking at his training schedule, as we do with all the players. He has been extremely unlucky with the trauma injuries he has suffered in the last few years, but we are in an impact sport and there is no way of preventing these things. — Rob Andrew

We have handled numerous trauma cases from Harrison County because the emergency departments in several of the Harrison County hospitals are not open to trauma every night. We have had extremely high patient census at Ocean Springs Hospital for the last several months, including these extra trauma cases, which points out how much the beds are needed. — Richard Lucas

An unacknowledged trauma is like a wound that never heals over and may start to bleed again at any time. — Alice Miller

We agreed to a slight procedure protocol change on that. As long as it is a trauma patient, we will transport. The trauma patient criteria is being reviewed and revised. But, that will take some time. — Jaime Sarbaugh

Living with a single kidney is almost exactly like living with two; the remaining kidney expands to take up the slack. (When kidneys fail, they generally fail together; barring trauma or cancer, there’s not much advantage to a backup.) The main risk to the donor is the risk of any surgery. — Virginia Postrel

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