So easily bruised, so swiftly wounded


“They are not brave, the days when we are twenty-one. They are full of little cowardices, little fears without foundation, and one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded, one falls to the first barbed word. To-day, wrapped in the complacent armour of approaching middle age, the infinitesimal pricks of day by day brush one but lightly and are soon forgotten, but then—how a careless word would linger, becoming a fiery stigma, and how a look, a glance over a shoulder, branded themselves as things eternal.”

— Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

Directionally building “complacent armor.”

Credits: Quotes – Journalofanobody. Photograph: Alex Mazurov via Black and White


  1. with time, we learn to let things pass that are but momentary blips on the radar.


  2. Such wisdom in these words….


    • Yes Lori. Your thought reminds me of Nietzsche quote. And du Maurier did it with magic.

      “It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.”

      ― Friedrich Nietzsche


  3. When the nurse interviewed me before a recent procedure, she asked if i had any heart problems. I said it was broken a couple of times but it eventually healed… 🙂


  4. No words.


  5. Reblogged this on THE STRATEGIC LEARNER.


  6. I read that book SO long ago.


  7. Like the old guy in “It’s a Wonderful Life” says, “Youth is wasted on the young.”


  8. Wow, I love that!! 🙂 That’s so true, and I’ve been meaning to read one of her books soon, thanks for reminding me! As much as we’d all like to be younger, I don’t think any of us would envy a young person for the way they feel about themselves and life. It’s a lovely time, but a stressful one! 🙂


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