Listening to stories of abuse is horrifying. It’s unthinkable how some people can be vicious to others, even to the ones they claim to love. Unfortunately, abuse is a fact in this world. It may be uplifting to believe in the inherent goodness of everyone but abuse still happens.
When it does, the cruelty and the pain it leaves in its wake destroy whatever ideal life we imagine for ourselves. When there’s abuse of any kind, we’re just never the same again. It’s like having your life and the optimism it exudes stolen from you.
But we can’t let it dictate our future, and it’s never too late. There’s hope, justice, and people who truly love us. One way or another, we will break the insiduous cycle of abuse and we will roam free. Because above anyone else, we really are our own heroes.
These 30 abuse quotes provide encouragement to stand up for yourself and find a way to move forward.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. – Edmund Burke
Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him. – Edgar Watson Howe
The scars you can’t see are the hardest to heal. – Astrid Alauda
The quiet but inexorable breaking down of self-esteem is much more sinister – it’s violation of the soul. – Rachel Abbott
So many people suffer from abuse, and suffer alone. – Pamela Stephenson
Abuse is the weapon of the vulgar. – Samuel Griswold Goodrich
I know that it’s easier to look at death than it is to look at pain, because while death is irrevocable, and the grief will lessen in time, pain is too often merely relentless and irreversible. – Robert Goolrick
Stars are the scars of the universe. – Ricky Maye
Verbal abuse is still abuse. It’s abuse in the form of words. Don’t assume that a few hurtful words won’t cost them their life. Words hurt.
Abuse if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it. – Tacitus
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. – Voltaire
The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. – Mary Bertone
Abuse is abuse; Be nice.. Harsh words don’t break bones but they often break hearts. – Rev Run
Don’t judge yourself by what others did to you. – C. Kennedy
The biggest abuses in society happen when people are not able to communicate and not able to connect. – Heather Brooke
There is no excuse for human rights abuse, whether in the name of security or in the name of liberation. – Irene Khan
Overcoming abuse doesn’t just happen, It takes positive steps everyday. Let today be the day you start to move forward. – Assunta Harris
These are the four abuses: desire to succeed in order to make oneself famous; taking credit for the labors of others; refusal to correct one’s errors despite advice; refusal to change one’s ideas despite warnings. – Confucius
Learn to use an axe, and respect it and you can’t help but love it. But abuse one and it will wear your hands raw and open your foot like an overcooked sausage. – Richard Proenneke
Stand up for yourself. Never give any one permission to abuse you. – Lailah Gifty Akita
The human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments. What’s left of kisses? Wounds, however, leave scars. – Bertolt Brecht
You don’t have to wait for someone to treat you bad repeatedly. All it takes is once , and if they get away with it that once, if they know they can treat you like that, then it sets the pattern for the future. – Jane Green
The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race. – Charles Bradlaugh
Of pain you could wish only one thing: that it should stop. Nothing in the world was so bad as physical pain. In the face of pain there are no heroes. – George Orwell
There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares. – Richelle E. Goodrich
The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin. – A. W. Tozer
Abuse and respect are diametric opposites: You do not respect someone whom you abuse, and you do not abuse someone whom you respect. – Lundy Bancroft
Do you never look at yourself when you abuse another person? – Plautus
I’ve heard that people stand in bad situations because a relationship like that gets turned up by degrees. It is said that a frog will jump out of a pot of boiling water. Place him in a pot and turn it up a little at a time, and he will stay until he is boiled to death. Us frogs understand this. – Deb Caletti
Any abuse of animals is the same as abuse of men, women, or children. – Alison Goldfrapp
Share these 30 abuse quotes to encourage those who suffer to fight back and reclaim their lives.