Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never harm me.
I said it a lot to all the bullies who laughed at me for wearing glasses, and reading lots of books, and hating Barbies, and sport, and bullies, but I never believed it. Unkind words can hurt me far more deeply, and more permanently, than mere physical things. So here’s my version:
Sticks and stones only break my bones, but words can really wound me.