An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


There is nothing that people bear more impatiently, or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


To live is to hurt others, and through others, to hurt oneself. Cruel earth! How can we manage not to touch anything? To find what ultimate exile?


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.


Leonard Cohen (1934-, Canadian-born American musician, songwriter, singer)


There are some cases in which the sense of injury breeds -- not the will to inflict injuries and climb over them as a ladder, but -- a hatred of all injury.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Everyone suffers wrongs for which there is no remedy.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead.


Olive Schreiner


Where there is injury let me sow pardon.


St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226,  Italian preacher, founder of The Franciscan Orde)


Kindnesses are easily forgotten; but injuries! -- what worthy man does not keep those in mind?


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


The marks you receive in the school of experience are mostly bruises.


Author Unknown


It's a fact that it is much more comfortable to be in the position of the person who has been offended than to be the unfortunate cause of it.


Barbara Walters (1931-, American TV personality)


No one likes having offended another person; hence everyone feels so much better if the other person doesn't show he's been offended. Nobody likes being confronted by a wounded spaniel. Remember that. It is much easier patiently -- and tolerantly -- to avoid the person you have injured than to approach him as a friend. You need courage for that.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


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