A bruise to the ego hurts more than a break to the bone.
...You won't age? I promise you this - your hands will go shiny and transparent and at the slightest bruise they'll bleed...
Don't lick your wounds unless you care to taste the sting a second time.
The sun was up - stuck like half a tinned apricot on a sky awash with all the colours of a fading bruise. Down below the living dead were forming their complaining queues at bus stops.
She was so delicate that, while we sat beneath the linden branches, a leaf would fall and drift down and touch her skin, and it would leave a bruise. So as we sat in the afternoon hour, beneath that fragrant linden bower, I had to chase all of the leafs that fell away.