Scars are the paler pain of survival, received unwillingly and displayed in the language of injury.
—Johnny Truant, House of Leaves
"Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we are going."
—Agent Rossi, Criminal Minds, "The Slave of Duty"
(she unbuttons her jacket, takes her blouse off, then turns around, presenting her bare back to Drakina. Specifically, not only her bare back, but also the enormous scar ranging all the way from her left shoulder to her right buttcheek.)
Aurora: ...and then I was taught an important lesson.
Drakina: What happened?
Aurora: When I was your age, I got into a fight, underestimated my opponent, thought "oh, there's no way I can lose", didn't bother to defend myself as much as I could have, and... well, you can clearly see what happened then. Most painful moment of my life. Getting my daughter cut out of my belly a couple years ago was nothing against this.
—Aurora, giving a warning about being careless to Drakina, We Are Our Avatars.