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What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Wounds, in medicine, are a type of physical injury in which skin is torn, cut or punctured (an open wound), or where blunt force trauma causes a contusion (a closed wound). In pathology, thry specifically refers to sharp injuries which damage the dermis of the skin.


  • H' had got a hurt
    O' th' inside of a deadlier sort.
  • What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?
    The hearts bleed longest, and but heal to wear
    That which disfigures it.
  • Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe."
    • John 20:27 New International Version
  • Safe in a ditch he bides,
    With twenty trenched gashes on his head;
    The least a death to nature.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 920-21.
  • La blessure est pour vous, la douleur est pour moi.
    • The wound is for you, but the pain is for me.
    • Charles IX, to Coligny, who was fatally wounded in the massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day.
  • Tempore ducetur longo fortasse cicatrix;
    Horrent admotas vulnera cruda manus.
    • A wound will perhaps become tolerable with length of time;
      but wounds which are raw shudder at the touch of the hands.
    • Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, I. 3. 15.
  • Saucius ejurat pugnam gladiator, et idem
    Immemor antiqui vulneris arma capit.
    • The wounded gladiator forswears all fighting,
      but soon forgetting his former wound resumes his arms.
    • Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, I. 5. 37.
  • Thou hast wounded the spirit that loved thee
    And cherish'd thine image for years;
    Thou hast taught me at last to forget thee,
    In secret, in silence, and tears.
  • Ah me! we wound where we never intended to strike; we create anger where we never meant harm; and these thoughts are the thorns in our Cushion.
  • I was wounded in the house of my friends.
    • Zechariah, XIII. 6.

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