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Sylvia Plath Quote: “New York was bad enough. By nine in the morning the fake, country-wet freshness that somehow seeped in overnight evaporated like the tail end of a sweet dream.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I want so obviously, so desperately to be loved, and to be capable of love.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I’ve eaten a bag of Green apples. Boarded the train, there’s no getting off.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I crawled back into bed and pulled the sheet over my head. But even that didn’t shut out the light, so I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I was supposed to be having the time of my life.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Let me sit in a flowerpot, The spiders won’t notice. My heart is a stopped geranium.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “But I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure at all. How did I know that someday – at college, in Europe, somewhere, anywhere – the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn’t descend again?”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Hour by hour, day by day, life becomes possible.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little?”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The silence between us was so profound I thought part of it must be my fault.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Don’t let the wicked city get you down.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “But when it came right down to it, the skin of my wrist looked so white and defenseless that I couldn’t do it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I need the reality of other people, work, to fulfill myself. Must never become a mere mother and housewife.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “If you pluck out my heart To find what makes it move, You’ll halt the clock That syncopates our love.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am flushed and warm. I think I may be enormous, I am so stupidly happy, My wellingtons Squelching and squelching through the beautiful red.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am alone in my room, between two worlds.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The day I went into physics class it was death.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I felt like a racehorse in a world without racetracks.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Every day is precious and I feel infinitely sad at this time melting away from me.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am afraid of getting married. Spare me from cooking three meals a dayspare me from the relentless cage of routine and rote.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am both worse and better than you thought.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “There I went again, building up a glamorous picture of a man who would love me passionately the minute he met me, and all out of a few prosy nothings.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I have a self to recover, a queen. Is she dead, is she sleeping? Where has she been, with her lion-red body, her wings of glass?”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Ash, ash – – You poke and stir. Flesh, bone, there is nothing there – – A cake of soap, A wedding ring, A gold filling. Herr God, Herr Lucifer Beware Beware. Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And I eat men like air.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Although, I admit, I desire, Occasionally, some backtalk From the mute sky, I can’t honestly complain: A certain minor light may still Lean incandescent Out of kitchen table or chair As if a celestial burning took Possession of the most obtuse objects now and then –.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I sank back in the gray, plush seat and closed my eyes. The air of the bell jar wadded round me and I couldn’t stir.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I want to force myself again and again to leave the warmth and security of static situations and move into the world of growth and suffering where the real books are people’s minds and souls.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “A skeptic, I would ask for consistency first of all.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root: It is what you fear. I do not fear it: I have been there.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Love is a shadow. How you lie and cry after it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Tomorrow I will curse the dawn, but there will be other, earlier nights, and the dawns will be no longer hell laid out in alarms and raw bells and sirens.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “We must be moving, working, making dreams to run toward; the poverty of life without dreams is too horrible to imagine.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am accused. I dream of massacres. I am a garden of black and red agonies. I drink them, Hating myself, hating and fearing. And now the world conceives Its end and runs toward it, arms held out in love.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Girl, aging girl, is haunted by own nothingness...”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “All the heat and fear had purged itself. I felt surprisingly at peace. The bell jar hung suspended a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “No day is safe from news of you.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “A little thing, like children putting flowers in my hair, can fill up the widening cracks in my self-assurance like soothing lanolin.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I had hoped, at my departure, I would feel sure and knowledgeable about everything that lay ahead – after all, I had been “analyzed.” Instead, all I could see were question marks.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The door of the novel, like the door of the poem, also shuts. But not so fast, nor with such manic, unanswerable finality.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I have this demon who wants me to run away screaming if I am going to be flawed, fallible. It wants me to think I’m so good I must be perfect. Or nothing. I am, on the contrary, something: a being who gets tired, has shyness to fight, has more trouble than most facing people easily.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The only thing I could think of was turkey neck and turkey gizzards and I felt very depressed.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The moon, too, abases her subjects, but in the daytime she is ridiculous. Your dissatisfactions, on the other hand, arrive through the mailslot with loving regularity, white and blank, expansive as carbon monoxide. No day is safe from news of you, walking about in Africa maybe, but thinking of me.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am so hungry for a big smashing creative burgeoning burdened love.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I smile, now, thinking: we all like to think we are important enough to need psychiatrists.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Ever since I was small I loved feeling somebody comb my hair. It made me go all sleepy and peaceful.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I felt dull and flat and full of shattered visions.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am still raw. I say I may be back. You know what lies are for. Even in your Zen heaven we shan’t meet.”
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