130 Hurt Quotes That Will Comfort You

By Maxime Lagacé

Maxime is the founder of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 130 of the best hurt quotes I could find.

Keep in mind that being hurt may seem meaningless in the short term, but in the long term, it’s often what we need most.

You’ll discover quotes by Osho, Rumi, Bob Marley, and more.


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The pain of yesterday is the strength of today. Paulo Coelho

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A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens. Michel de Montaigne

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The worst loss you’ve ever experienced is the greatest gift you can have. Byron Katie

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Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been. Marcus Aurelius

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If it hurts it’s probably doing you good. If it’s pleasant, it’s most likely wrong. John Graves


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Even situations that appear to be obstacles are actually opportunities – detours in the right direction. Gabby Bernstein

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Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you need right now. Paulo Coelho

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Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift. Mary Oliver

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The moment you accept what troubles you’ve been given, the door will open. Rumi

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What if the worst thing that happened to you turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to you? Joe Dispenza


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It does not matter what you bear, but how you bear it. Seneca

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I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Live. Understand. Move on. Maxime Lagacé

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To heal a wound you must stop scratching it. Paulo Coelho

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Never to suffer would never to have been blessed. Edgar Allan Poe


The Best Hurt Quotes

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Despair can never be dissolved through escape, but by observing it. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The purpose of life, as far as I can tell… is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant. Jordan Peterson (Maps of Meaning)

Another person will not hurt you without your cooperation. You are hurt the moment you believe yourself to be. Epictetus

So other people hurt me? That’s their problem. Their character and actions are not mine. What is done to me is ordained by nature, what I do by my own. Marcus Aurelius

When there is no resistance of any kind then there is no psychological problem. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Accept suffering and achieve atonement through it – that is what you must do. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. Augustine of Hippo

You aren’t really being rejected – you’re being redirected. Mel Robbins

Many things cause pain which would cause pleasure if you regarded their advantages. Baltasar Gracián


A fountain gets muddy with but little stirring up, and does not get clear by our meddling with it but by our leaving it alone. The best remedy for disturbances is to let them run their course, for so they quiet down. Baltasar Gracián

Injuries done to us by others tend to be acute; the self-inflicted ones tend to be chronic. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. Haruki Murakami

It is in dialogue with pain that many beautiful things acquire their value. Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness)

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Just because someone serves you a bad meal, does not mean you have to eat it. George Raveling

Part 1. Life will have terrible blows, horrible blows, unfair blows, doesn’t matter. And some people recover and others don’t. Charlie Munger

Part 2. I think the attitude of Epictetus is the best. He thought that every mischance in life was an opportunity to behave well, every mischance in life was an opportunity to learn something, and your duty was not to be submerged in self-pity but to utilize the terrible blow in a constructive fashion. Charlie Munger

If you ignore a deep wound, it gets infected. Same is true of psychological wounds. You have to treat a wound to heal it. Neil Strauss

Oh, love isn’t there to make us happy. I believe it exists to show us how much we can endure. Hermann Hesse

No man is hurt but by himself. Diogenes

Part 2. Hurt Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Hurt Quotes

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Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. Oprah Winfrey

We need never be ashamed of our tears. Charles Dickens

Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. Bob Marley

Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment. Friedrich Nietzsche

Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. Eckhart Tolle

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Suffering is part of our training program for becoming wise. Ram Dass

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way. C.S. Lewis

Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept something that your mind already knows. Paulo Coelho

I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel. I focus on the pain, the only thing that’s real. Johnny Cash

If you see somebody that’s hurting, don’t look away. And if you are hurting, even though it might be hard, try to find that bravery within yourself to dive deep and go tell somebody. Lady Gaga (Grammys 2019)

To hurt is as human as to breathe. J.K. Rowling

If there was no suffering, man would not know his limits, would not know himself. Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

Short Hurt Sayings

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One-liners, short hurt quotes, sayings, thoughts, and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, and backgrounds.
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Embrace your suffering tenderly. Thich Nhat Hanh

It is when we hurt that we learn. Steve Maraboli

No one can hurt me – that’s my job. Byron Katie

Heaven or hell; it’s all in the mind. D. Muthukrishnan

Only in ending is there a new beginning. Jiddu Krishnamurti

First it hurts, then it changes you. Gary Goodridge (Source)

How you relate to the issue *is* the issue. Ron Hulnick

It doesn’t hurt to feel sad from time to time. Willie Nelson

The axe never remembers. The tree never forgets. Paulo Coelho

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What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle. Rumi

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves. Sophocles

No one and nothing can free you but your own understanding. Ajahn Chah

Pain doesn’t hurt as much when you stop avoiding it. Mel Robbins

Whatever rejection you’re facing right now is a gift. Mel Robbins

Failure hurts but passes quickly. Regret hurts forever. Shane Parrish

Stop running from pain. Pain is here to teach you something. Justin Kan


Inspirational Hurt Sayings

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People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. Emily Dickinson

We are not our stories, our dramas, or our wrongdoings. We are love. Gabby Bernstein (Judgment Detox)

Don’t allow your wounds to turn you into a person you are not. Paulo Coelho

When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstances, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of harmony if you keep on going back to it. Marcus Aurelius

I’ve survived a lot of things, and I’ll probably survive this. J. D. Salinger

It is perhaps when our lives are at their most problematic that we are likely to be most receptive to beautiful things. Alain de Botton (The Architecture of Happiness)

Because of your difficult experience, you will become stronger, wiser and more compassionate toward those having a hard time. Haemin Sunim

Part 1. We are all gonna get heartbroken over and over again. We are all gonna deal with failures all over again. But it’s how we think about those moments, in the moment. Lilly Singh

Part 2. I’ve trained my brain to allow myself to be upset when I’m heartbroken or allow myself to feel failure but not be down the dumps for too long. Lilly Singh

Part 3. Getting hurt efficiently means we’re hurt, how can we efficiently learn a lesson in this moment so that the next time you will be heartbroken, which you will be, it’s inevitable, you’re better equipped to deal with it. Lilly Singh

Use setbacks in life as an opportunity to become a bigger and better person. Don’t wallow. Shane Parrish

Being rejected from something good just means you were being pointed toward something better. Unknown

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For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks. Friedrich Nietzsche

The measure of who we are is how we react to something that does not go our way. Gregg Popovich

Learn from your past, but don’t be controlled by it. Mel Robbins

Try to learn to let what is unfair teach you. David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest)

Misfortune is virtue’s opportunity. Seneca

If you are going to heal in a magnificent way, you have to feel magnificent. Joe Dispenza

Deep Hurt Sayings

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Ninety-nine percent of your problems are created by you because you take life seriously. Osho

People who wrong others for no good reason tend to keep at it until they finish the job. Thucydides

We often benefit from harm done to us by others, almost never from self-inflicted injuries. Nassim Nicholas Taleb (The Bed of Procrustes)

It is precisely in times of immunity from care that the soul should toughen itself beforehand for occasions of greater stress, and it is while fortune is kind that it should fortify itself against her violence. Seneca

Don’t drift into self-pity because it doesn’t solve any problems. Generally speaking, envy, resentment, revenge and self-pity are disastrous modes of thoughts. Charlie Munger

Whenever you think that some situation or some person is ruining your life, it’s actually you who are ruining your life. It’s such a simple idea. Feeling like a victim is a disastrous way to make go through life. Charlie Munger

Sentimentality and emotionalism are the most destructive things. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you didn’t remember something happening, was it because it never had happened? Or because you wished it hadn’t? Jodi Picoult (Plain Truth)

Things that break – be they bones, hearts, or promises – can be put back together but will never really be whole. Jodi Picoult (Handle With Care)

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There will always be suffering. But we must not suffer over the suffering. Alan Watts

When things break down, what has been ignored rushes in. Jordan Peterson

A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you’d think misfortune would get tired, but then time is your misfortune. William Faulkner

Life eventually humbles us all. The longer it takes, the harder the fall. Ed Latimore (edlatimore.com)

Related: Sad Love Quotes That Will Bring You Some Relief

Wise Hurt Sayings

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I can bear any pain as long as it has meaning. Haruki Murakami (1Q84)

Recognize reality even when you don’t like it – especially when you don’t like it. Charlie Munger

The river you’re in has strong waves and smooth waves too. Same water, but different energy. Use them both wisely. Maxime Lagacé

Meditation is the only answer to all the questions of man. It may be frustration, it may be depression, it may be sadness, it may be meaninglessness, it may be anguish: The problems may be many but the answer is one. Meditation is the answer. Osho

Attachment is the root cause of all misery – and our mind is such that it starts clinging to each and everything. It starts becoming identified, attached, it does not know how to keep a distance; hence the misery. Osho

The less the head, the more the wound will heal – with no head there is no wound. Live a headless life. Move as a total being, and accept things. Osho

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it. Lena Horne

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All suffering originates from craving, from attachment, from desire. Edgar Allan Poe

Instead of treating events as wins or losses, ask “Did I learn something I can apply in the future?” If not, you must treat it as a loss. Naval Ravikant

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it, then you can go on to the next lesson. Unknown

There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth. Fred Rogers

I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent – no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you. Seneca

Related9 Ways to Respond When Someone Hurts You (psychologytoday.com)


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When pain, misery, or anger happen, it is time to look within you, not around you. Sadhguru

Key Takeaways

  • Getting hurt and feeling down is part of life. Get used to it. Stay strong.
  • Remember: Getting hurt is a gift. Use it wisely.
  • Sometimes, we are hurt more by our thoughts than by the actual event.
  • Get some perspective: What’s good can become bad. What’s bad can become good.
  • What’s happening now, pleasant or not, is probably the sign you’ve been waiting for. So go for it!

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his love of quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, husband, and INFJ.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, bananas, SEO, human potential, and education.

You can find him on X, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube.

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February 18, 2022

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