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

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) English essayist, poet, and dramatist.

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 novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

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 poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter.

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 writer.

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.

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

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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-British philosopher.