Guilt-Free Expressions to Say, 'You Hurt My Feelings'

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When you are hurt, your first instinct is to retaliate. You want to hurt the other person to avenge the pain and suffering you encountered.

Revenge is sweet, but the repercussions can often be a disadvantage. As the author of "Sometimes a Great Notion," Ken Kesey said, "The man who seeks revenge digs two graves." Blinded by anger and ego, men often act beyond their wildest imagination. Thus they begin a circle of vengeance.



History is replete with stories of hurt and revenge. Mighty empires have crumbled because of misguided anger. Ego clashes have wiped out human life in many parts around the world. ​Hurting words have brought the world to the brink of a world war. How can one assuage the hurt feelings? Can you take back the words that hurt another?

Just as words can hurt someone, eloquent words of forgiveness can soothe the pain. When you seek unconditional forgiveness and atone for your sins with a good deed, you can reverse the pain.

If you have been hurt, you can use these "you hurt me" quotes to express your anguish. No revenge, no retaliation! A few sincere words are enough to communicate your pain. These words can have a powerful effect on your aggressor's conscience.

Oscar Wilde
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone's feelings unintentionally.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

English Proverb
Anger is often more hurtful than the injury that caused it.

Louisa May Alcott, "Little Women"
Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I've a right to be hurt, I don't intend to show it.

Diana Ross
Criticism, even when you try to ignore it, can hurt.

I have cried over many articles written about me, but I move on and I don't hold on to that.

Lady Gaga
Do you know the feeling, when your heart is so hurt, that you could feel the blood dripping?

Toby Keith
Don't compromise even if it hurts to be yourself.

Chris Rock
For me, anything goes when I pick up a mike. I'm not trying to hurt people - I try not to get too personal but I look at myself as a reporter. If you can report on anything that has to do with pop culture, then why can't I make jokes about it? Yes, it hurts. But I figure that laughter sometimes starts from pain. You might wince, but then I know that I'm doing my job. The only thing I can do wrong is not be funny.

Ernest Hemingway
Forget your personal tragedy. We are all bitched from the start and you especially have to be hurt like hell before you can write seriously. But when you get the damned hurt, use it-don't cheat with it.

Christina Aguilera
I'm sorry for blaming you for everything I just couldn't do, and I've hurt myself by hurting you.

Frank Sina​tra
Oh, I just wish someone would try to hurt you so I could kill them for you.

Klaus Kinski
Sometimes my heart hurts so much, I beat it with my fists. I try to run. But you cannot run from this.

It waits for you. Even when you think you have escaped it, it is there.

Les Brown
Forgive those who have hurt you.

Angelina Jolie
I didn't really want to live, so anything that was an investment in time made me angry... but also I just felt sad. When the hopelessness is hurting you, it's the fixtures and fittings that finish you off.

Alonzo Mourning
I was hurting. I had some ailments I was dealing with. It's not like I was holding out.