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Incurable wounds are those inflicted by tongue and eye, by mockery and disdain.
      - Honore de Balzac

And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
      - Bible, Zechariah (ch. XIII, v. 6)

H' had got a hurt
  O' th' inside of a deadlier sort.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 309)

What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
  The hearts bleed longest, and but heal to wear
    That which disfigures it.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 84)

The wound is for you, but the pain is for me.
  [Fr., La blessure est pour vous, la douleur est pour moi.]
      - Charles IX,
        to Coligny, who was fatally wounded in the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day

A wound will perhaps become tolerable with length of time; but wounds which are raw shudder at the touch of the hands.
  [Lat., Tempore ducetur longo fortasse cicatrix;
    Horrent admotas vulnera cruda manus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 3, 15)

The wounded gladiator forswears all fighting, but soon forgetting his former wound resumes his arms.
  [Lat., Saucius ejurat pugnam gladiator, et idem
    Immemor antiqui vulneris arma capit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (I, 5, 37)

Thou hast wounded the spirit that loved thee
  And cherish'd thine image for years;
    Thou hast taught me at last to forget thee,
      In secret, in silence, and tears.
      - Mrs. David Porter,
        Thou Hast Wounded the Spirit

He in peace is wounded, not in war.
      - William Shakespeare

Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor, poor dumb mouths,
  And bid them speak for me.
      - William Shakespeare

I tell you that which you yourselves do know,
  Show you sweet Caesar's wounds, poor poor dumb mouths,
    And bid them speak for me.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Antony at III, ii)

Safe in a ditch he bides,
  With twenty trenched gashes on his head,
    The least a death to nature.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (First Murderer at III, iv)

What wound did ever heal but my degrees?
      - William Shakespeare,
        Othello the Moor of Venice
         (Iago at II, iii)

He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Romeo at II, ii)

The wound of peace is surety,
  Surety secure; but modest doubt is called
    The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches
      To th' bottom of the worst.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Hector at II, ii)

How he in peace is wounded, not in war.
      - William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
         (l. 831)

The private wound is deepest. O time most accurst,
  'Mongst all foes that a friend should be the worst!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Valentine at V, iv)

Ah me! we wound where we never intended to strike; we create anger where we never meant harm; and these thoughts are the thorns in our cushion.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray,
        Roundabout Papers--The Thorn in the Cushion

Nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth.
      - Rebecca West (pseudonym of Mrs. Cicely Fairfield Andrews)

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