Everyone has experienced feelings of hurt at some point in their lives, often by people they love or trust. You might feel betrayed, angry, resentful, overwhelmed, helpless, and hopeless.
The degree to which you have been hurt can affect your quality of life as well. You might be so consumed by the pain that you will unable to stay productive and enjoy all the opportunities the present moment has to offer.
I put together some of the most powerful quotes ever said to provide wisdom and perspective to help you better process the common negative feelings associated with hurtful experiences. Hope this inspires your personal growth journey.
Helpful tip: Take a second to reflect on each quote for better results.
Feeling Rejected: “Why did they push me away?”
“Rejection is not a failure, but a chance to improve, learn and try again with more experience and knowledge.”
Feeling Lost: “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore; how do I find myself after being hurt?”
“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
Feeling Betrayed: “How could they betray my trust?”
“There is always a lesson of a lifetime to learn in every betrayal.”
– Edmond Mbiaka
Feeling Powerless: “I don’t know how to move on.”
“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
– Roy T. Bennett
Feeling Resigned: “Will I ever find closure?”
“Closure happens right after you accept that letting go and moving on is more important than projecting a fantasy of how the relationship could have been.”
– Sylvester McNutt
Feeling Hopeless: “Will I ever heal from this pain?”
“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls your life.”
– Akshay Dubey
“Am I overreacting or being too sensitive?“
“Your feelings are valid. You have the right to feel whatever you feel. You aren’t overreacting.”
Feeling Overwhelmed: “I can’t handle all this pain.”
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
– Henry Ford
Feeling Resentful: “They don’t deserve my forgiveness.”
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”
– Nelson Mandela
Feeling Confused: “I don’t understand why this happened.”
“In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.”
– Deepak Chopra
Feeling Angry: “Why did they do this to me?”
“For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ask yourself these questions to reflect on the pain caused.
“Who can I talk to about this?”
Sharing your feelings with a trusted friend or a professional (therapist) can be incredibly helpful.
“Have they apologized or acknowledged their actions?”
Assess whether the other person has shown any remorse or willingness to make amends.
“Is this about me or them?”
Sometimes, people’s actions are a reflection of their own issues, not your worth.
“Do I need to set boundaries?”
Consider if you need to establish clear boundaries to protect yourself from future harm.