Childhood Suffering Quotes

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Judith Lewis Herman
“Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom.

But the personality formed in the environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the task of early adulthood――establishing independence and intimacy――burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and in memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships.

She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Nura Bazdulj-Hubijar
“Ne, nisu jučer ubili majku, srušili kuću. Ubili su, babo, moje djetinjstvo, mladost, snove, sav moj život.”
Nura Bazdulj-Hubijar, Ljubav je Sihirbaz, Babo

Audre Lorde
“You loved people and you came to depend on their being there. but people died or changed or went away and it hurt too much. The only way to avoid that poin was not to love anyone, and not to let anyone get too close or too important. The secret of not being hurt like this again, I decided, was never depending on anyone, never needing, never loving.
It is the last dream of children, to be forever untouched.”
Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Mary Lawson
“You see the suffering of children all the time nowadays. Wars and famines are played out before us in our living rooms, and almost every week there are pictures of children who have been through unimaginable loss and horror. Mostly they look very calm. You see them looking into the camera, directly at the lens, and knowing what they have been through you expect to see terror or grief in their eyes, yet so often there’s no visible emotion at all. They look so blank it would be easy to imagine that they weren’t feeling much.
And though I do not for a moment equate what I went through with the suffering of those children, I do remember feeling as they look. I remember Matt talking to me--- others as well, but mostly Matt--- and I remember the enormous effort required even to hear what he said. I was so swamped by unmanageable emotions that I couldn’t feel a thing. It was like being at the bottom of the sea.”
Mary Lawson, Crow Lake

Tyler Perry
“I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy.”
Tyler Perry

Dawn Powell
“Rage swept over her at being young, young and little, as if some evil fairy had put that spell on her. Why must you be locked up in this dreadful cage of childhood for twenty or a hundred years? Nothing in life was possible unless you were old and rich, until then you were only small and futile before your tormentors, desperately waiting for the release that only years could bring.”
Dawn Powell, Dance Night

Armistead Maupin
“Pete thinks we all have a blacking factory: some awful moment, early on, when we surrender our childish hearts as surely as we lose our baby teeth.”
Armistead Maupin, The Night Listener

A.E. Hotchner
“Why is it...that the good things that pop up almost always get clobbered by these miserable darn things that seem to choke out everything like stinkweed?”
A.E. Hotchner

L.K. Elliott
“I puked rainbows all over my childhood, and it felt so good.”
L.K. Elliott, Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess

Srividya Srinivasan
“An adult seeking validation is a child that did not receive any”
Srividya Srinivasan

“But what happens to the girl with no positive parental examples?
What happens to the girl with the cold mother who
conditioned herself to bury her emotions?
And what happens to the girl with the father who
is an example of who not to marry?”
LaTasha “Tacha B.” Braxton

Svetlana Alexievich
“I know full well what it means to dream. My whole childhood, I begged for a bicycle, and I never did get one.”
Svetlana Alexievich, Czasy secondhand. Koniec czerwonego człowieka

Richard Flanagan
“One small boy jumps over a table, pulls his jumper and shirt up, and turns his back to us to show where shrapnel wounded him when he was three. His classmates shriek with laughter.”
Richard Flanagan, Notes on an Exodus

Anne Tyler
“كان بإمكانه ان يسمع صديقة قديمة من الايام الخوالى، وصوتهابنبرته الرتيبة المستاءة، "تطلب منى ان اذهب معك الى السينما واقول اجل، ثم تغير رأيك وتطلب منى ان نلعب البولنج بدلا من ذلك واقول نعم، لكنك تقول، انتظرى لنؤجلها الى ليلة اخرى، كما لو كان كل شىء يمكنك ان تناله هو شىء لا يتضح انك لا تريده".
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Anne Tyler

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