Understanding Life • Words Will Haunt Forever


“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will haunt forever.”

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can never hurt you.


Words can’t be stitched up by the doctor. Leaving a faint scar in 3 to 6 weeks.

Words can’t be removed with the relief of tweezers, the cold tingle of numbing cream or a cherry lollipop and Flintstones band-aid. Words can’t be healed with a soft kiss from a loved one. They can’t earn you a day at home. The chance to rest your sore, tender head on a mountain of pillows.

Words are a violent slap that leaves pain long after the swelling go down. They create a label. An enemy. A definition. A restriction of who you are.

Words are powerful.

Even if you don’t believe them, even if they depict an old you, the words that hurt you once before, are there. And they’re holding on.

So, while sticks and stones may break your bones – words will haunt forever.

This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • Kristina Steiner

    I agree. Words have an enormous power and we shouldn’t take speaking them lightly. We should use them for doing good.

    • Jennifer

      Kristina, I love that!. Well said. We really do need to learn HOW we use our words.

  • Great post!

    • Jennifer

      Thank you so much! 🙂