Wounded Inner Child Quotes

Quotes About PTSD & Healing

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“Quotes are everywhere because they work.

They motivate, encourage, and inspire.”

Melissa Eshleman

Here are some quotes that try to capture the essence of childhood trauma. 

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“It isn’t about what’s wrong with you. It’s about what happened to you.”



When we are searching for that spark of encouragement, a quote that resonates somewhere deep within us can be just the motivation we need to shift our perception of life. It can be the spark that ignites the courage to pursue a new direction in work, health, leisure

Dave Farnham


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“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer”

Albert Camus


“It isn’t my past, it’s my everyday.”

Helen Wilson


“The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.”

Nathaniel Brandon


“After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself. Then reimagine the world.”

Mary Oliver


“Perhaps this was the wisdom with which a child in her position survived: by minimizing her wounds—staying as small as possible, as nearly transparent as possible.”

Haruki Murakami


“But really, what else are you going to talk about in line at the liquor store? Childhood trauma seems like the natural choice, since it’s the reason why most of us are in line there to begin with.”

Jenny Lawson


“I think the thumbprint on the throat of many people is childhood trauma that goes unprocessed and unrecognized.”

Tom Hooper


“Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats.”

Diane Arbus



“Quotations have made a positive difference in my life, in some cases they have changed the way I think about a situation.”

Catherine Pulsifier


“Trauma creates change you don’t choose, healing is about creating change you do choose.”

Michelle Rosenthall


“As traumatized children, we always dreamed that someone would come and save us. We never dreamed that it would, in fact, be ourselves as adults.”

Alice Little



A quote is a powerful tool for our mind, our soul, our spirit. A quote can sharpen your mind and give you an instant and rapid relief if your soul is down, in a dark time.

Dotchamou Zakari


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“Courage is the mastery of fear, not the absence of fear.”


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“Dead, but not allowed to die. Alive, but as good as dead.”

Suzanne Collins


“Depression, suffering and anger are all part of being human.”

Janet Fitch


“They are not sorry for harming you. So, don’t feel guilty for cutting them off.”

John Mark Green


 “Children who are not encouraged to do, to try, to explore, to master, and to risk failure, often feel helpless and inadequate. Over-controlled by anxious, fearful parents, these children often become anxious and fearful themselves. This makes it difficult for them to mature. Many never outgrow the need for ongoing parental guidance and control. As a result, their parents continue to invade, manipulate, and frequently dominate their lives.”

Dr. Susan Forward


“No child should ever have to bear the burden of parenting their own parents. To toxic parents, you existed to serve them all the time.”

Kim Saeed


“The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.”

Jim Morrison


“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe


“Mental health is not a destination but a process.”

Noam Spencer


“If you could see what I see, you’d be blinded by the colors”

Kacey Musgraves | Rainbow


“Everyone must conform to the thoughts and actions of their toxic parents. They promote fusion, a blurring of personal boundaries, a welding together of family members. On an unconscious level, it is hard for family members to know where one ends and another begins. In their efforts to be close, they often suffocate one another’s individuality.”

Dr. Susan Forward


The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease. And it can lead to a range of self-destructive behaviors.

Peter A. Levine


“Love who you love because you just get so many trips around the sun”

Kacey Musgraves | Follow Your Arrow


“I was left purple and green, one more lost lonely teen”

Benee | Afterlife


“Most of the time, such jokes can be relatively harmless. But, as in other forms of toxic parenting, it is the frequency, the cruelty, and the source of these jokes that make them abusive. Children believe and internalize what their parents say about them. It is sadistic and destructive for a parent to make repetitive jokes at the expense of a vulnerable child.”

Dr. Susan Forward


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“I never thought I’d miss the small talk, I never knew the gift the day was”

Brian Fallon | Forget Me Not


“Some things don’t work but some things are meant to be”


“When you clearly define and acknowledge your parents’ limitations, and the losses you suffered because of them, you open a door in your life for people who will love you the way you deserve to be loved—the real way.” 

Dr. Susan Forward


“But you walk past me like I wasn’t there & just pretended like you didn’t care”

The Weeknd | Save Your Tears


“Wherever there is a major deficit in parental love, the child will—in all likelihood—respond to the deficit by assuming itself to be the cause of the deficit, thereby developing an unrealistically negative self-image.”

Sherrie Campbell


“The man’s face and body told the story more eloquently than his words: pain-haunted eyes, shaking hands that could not forget.”

Corrie Ten Boom


“Emotional connection is crucial to healing. In fact, trauma experts overwhelmingly agree that the best predictor of the impact of any trauma is not the severity of the event, but whether we can seek and take comfort from others.”

Sue Johnson


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“The sky is finally open, the rain and wind stopped blowing, but you’re stuck out in the same old storm again”

Kacey Musgraves | Rainbow


“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.”

Bessel A. van der Kolk


“Perfectionist parents seem to operate under the illusion that if they can just get their children to be perfect, they will be a perfect family. They put the burden of stability on the child to avoid facing the fact that they, as parents, cannot provide it.”

Dr. Susan Forward 


“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, because hate in your heart will consume you too.”

Will Smith


“Some people survive through community, some in silence, some by creating, some through movement. And what works for each of us will probably change over the course of our lives.”



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Love is kind & sweet as cherry pie



Or if you find yourself in a motivational dry spell, indulge yourself by binge reading the quotes until you feel the inspiration coming back.

Kent Rogerson


“Old soul, waiting my turn, I know a few things but I still got a lot to learn”

Kacey Musgraves | Slow Burn


“We cannot have a world where everyone is a victim. “I’m this way because my father made me this way. I’m this way because my husband made me this way.” Yes, we are indeed formed by traumas that happen to us. But then you must take charge, you must take over, you are responsible.”

Camille Paglia


“Trauma is personal. It does not disappear if it is not validated. When it is ignored or invalidated the silent screams continue internally heard only by the one held captive. When someone enters the pain and hears the screams healing can begin.”

Danielle Bernock


“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” 

Maya Angelou


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“Rock bottom became the solid foundation in which I rebuilt my life.”

J.K. Rowling


“You are learning to trust your own perception of reality. You will discover that even when your parents don’t agree with you or don’t approve of what you’re doing, you will be able to tolerate the anxiety because you don’t need their validation anymore. You are becoming self-defined.”

Dr. Susan Forward


“The personality formed in an environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative.”

The Unspeakable Mind


“When you grieve toxic, abusive parents, you don’t just grieve the abuse, you grieve everything you didn’t have.”

Lily Hope Lucario


“People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


“I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”

Anne Lamott


“The reward of suffering is experience.”

Harry S Truman


“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell


“Acceptance of one’s life has nothing to do with resignation; it does not mean running away from the struggle. On the contrary, it means accepting it as it comes, with all the handicaps of heredity, of suffering, of psychological complexes and injustices.”

Paul Tournier


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“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Theodore Roosevelt


“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.”

Alden Nowlan


“There is a real danger of unintended consequences, of encouraging people to give up. Pessimism, if it becomes a habit, can reinforce a narrative of unstoppable decline. If there is nothing we can do, that releases us from our obligations.”

David Grinspoon


“I keep wondering how to explain the experience of child abuse from the inside. I’m going to try to explain what my world was like when I was sexually abused. The thing you have to remember is that this was the thinking of a child.”

Robin Quivers


“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.”

Ralph Marston


“There’s a reason poets often say, ‘Poetry saved my life,’ for often the blank page is the only one listening to the soul’s suffering, the only one registering the story completely, the only one receiving all softly and without condemnation.”

Clarissa Pinkola Estes


“I think it’s child abuse to have someone in the public eye too young. Society basically values wealth and fame and power at the cost of well-being. In the case of a child, it’s at the cost of someone’s natural development. It’s already hard enough to develop.”

Alanis Morissette


“I was having health issues all my life. You’re just not conditioned to think of them as health issues.”

Robin Quivers


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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”



“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

Barack Obama


“Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child’s tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It’s not funny and it’s not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn’t the least bit funny.”

Ben Stein


“It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun.” 

Barack Obama


“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”

Viktor E. Frankl


“An apology might help, but you can change your life without one.”

Robin Quivers


“Understand that thoughts are thoughts. If they are unreasonable, reason with them, even if you have no reason left. You are the observer of your mind, not its victim.”

Matt Haig


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

Mahatma Gandhi


“There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox


“Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don’t support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck.”

James Altucher


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“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Helen Keller


“When we’re dealing with the people in our family – no matter how annoying or gross they may be, no matter how self-inflicted their suffering may appear, no matter how afflicted they are with ignorance, prejudice or nose hairs – we give from the deepest parts of ourselves.”

Anne Lamott


“You don’t need the world to understand you. It’s fine. Some people will never really understand things they haven’t experienced. Some will. Be grateful.”

Matt Haig


“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”

John Keats


“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

Mahatma Gandhi



Having a wounded inner child can make us feel isolated and different than others.

Because we have a wounded inner child we often feel sad, anxious, or angry.

Love and accept your wounded inner child unconditionally. Honor your inner child’s feelings to make healing possible.

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Many people that can relate to wounded inner child quotes have experienced a lot of loss, abuse, or other form of emotional pain.

This means you’re more likely to have formed negative thoughts about yourself, have anxiety, depression, PTSD and other thought cognitive beliefs that can be counterproductive for you.

If that sounds like something that applies to you, you might want to check out Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to shift the thought patterns you commonly have, into healthier ones.

CBT is a form of psychotherapy that helps a person identify negative thought patterns so they can change them.

Thought patterns are learned, and therefore can be unlearned.

Replacing negative thought patterns can improve symptoms for many mental health disorders in the DSM 5.

There is more information about CBT below.


More resources you may find helpful: Here are some some free programs I’ve personally used


Hope Recovery

A non profit organization that offers TONS of free support. They have individualized therapy and support groups for eating disorders, abuse, PTSD, dissociation, sexual trauma, grief and loss, self esteem, self care, men’s support groups, and substance abuse.

They have one on one services and group/workshops. I have joined many of their PTSD groups. I always felt safe & definitely felt connected with someone who’s understands.



Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families  | ACOA

Another amazing place to connect and practice self love. ACOA changed my life. I know that many others feel the same admiration for this program. There are thousands of groups and they all have their own flavor. If you don’t like one, try another! They have guidelines to ensure that you feel safe. It’s all free.

You never have to turn on a camera or mic, or speak at all. I sometimes just join to listen to others. Don’t be turned off if you’re not from an alcoholic family; alcohol aside; there are tons of people that are just as welcome as anyone else.

Lack of self love is a common theme within the group that unfortunately, many experience. Many times it is because of the environment we were forced to endure. Dysfunction and abuse comes in a lot of forms and so many people come together and accept each other, as they are, in ACOA. I like the humor within the groups. Listening to the stories and hearing what others have learned is pretty insightful too. 



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