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Sylvia Plath Quote: “You smile. No, it is not fatal.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “A dispassionate white sun shone at the summit of the sky. I wanted to hone myself on it till I grew saintly and thin and essential as the blade of a knife.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “As I lay on my back in bed staring up at the blank, white ceiling the stillness seemed to grow bigger and bigger until I felt my eardrums would burst with it.”
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: “Everything in life is writable...”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “It seemed silly to wash one day when I would only have to wash again the next. It made me tired just to think of it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I started adding up all the things I couldn’t do.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “For the few little successes I may seem to have, there are acres of misgivings and self-doubt.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I wanted to do everything once and for all and be through with it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Let me not be weak and tell others how bleeding I am internally; how day by day it drips, and gathers, and congeals.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “What is so real as the cry of a child? A rabbit’s cry may be wilder But it has no soul.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “You’ve only got so long to live.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Being born a woman is my awful tragedy. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night...”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I think writers are the most narcissistic people. Well, I musn’t say this, I like many of them, a great many of my friends are writers.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I was my own woman. The next step was to find the proper sort of man.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I hate handing over money to people for doing what I could just as easily do myself, it makes me nervous.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I hadn’t, at the last moment, felt like washing off the two diagonal lines of dried blood that marked my cheeks. They seemed touching, and rather spectacular, and I thought I would carry them around with me, like the relic of a dead lover, till they wore off of their own accord.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Pretty soon, the only doubt in my mind was the precise time and method of committing suicide. The only alternative I could see was an eternity of hell for the rest of my life in a mental hospital, and I was going to use my last ounce of free choice and choose a quick clean ending.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “My flesh winced, in cowardice, from such a death.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The one man in the room who was as big as his poems, huge, with hulk and dynamic chunks of words.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I could never be a complete scholar or a complete housewife ora completewriter: Imustcombinea little of all, and thereby be imperfect in all.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I felt the mask crumple, the great poisonous store of corrosive ashes begin to spew out of my mouth.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The artist’s life nourishes itself on the particular, the concrete.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Is anyone anywhere happy?”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “She. Silent, fawn-eyed. Clever.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Living with him is like being told a perpetual story: his mind is the biggest, most imaginative I have ever met. I could live in its growing countries forever.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “If I was going to fall, I would hang on to my small comforts, at least, for as long as I possibly could.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I’ve got to have something. I want to stop it all, the whole monumental grotesque joke, before it’s too late. But writing poems and letters doesn’t seem to do much good.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I had been alone more than I could have been had I gone by myself.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas, as if whatever it was the pine boughs and the candles and the silver and gilt-ribboned presents and the birch-log fires and the Christmas turkey and the carols at the piano promised never came to pass.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “The journey over the bridge had unnerved me. The river water passed me by like an untouched drink. I suspected that even if my mother and brother had not been there I would have made no move to jump.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I may have made a straight A in physics, but I was panic-struck. Physics made me sick the whole time I learned it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I have the one person I could ever love in this world. Now I must work to be a person worthy of that.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I had decided I would put off the novel until I had gone to Europe and had a lover.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “But when I took up my pen, my hand made big, jerky letters like those of a child, and the lines sloped down the page from left to right horizontally, as if they were loops of string lying on the paper, and someone had come along and blown them askew.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Sometimes I nursed starfish alive in jam jars of seawater and watched them grow back lost arms. On this day, this awful birthday of otherness, my rival, somebody else, I flung the starfish against a stone. Let it perish.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Compared with me, a tree is immortal.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “If there’s anything I look down on, it’s a man in a blue outfit.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I think I am worthwhile just because I have optical nerves and can try to put down what they perceive. What a fool!”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I collected men with interesting names. I already knew a Socrates. He was tall and ugly and intellectual and the son of some big Greek movie producer in Hollywood, but also a Catholic, which ruined it for both of us.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “A million years of evolution, Eric said bitterly, and what are we? Animals.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I can’t think logically about who I am or where I am going. I have been very ecstatic, horribly depressed, shocked, elated, enlightened, and enervated.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Tomorrow is another day toward death.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I do not know who I am, where I am going – and I am the one who has to decide the answers to these hideous questions.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “I decided I would put off the novel until I had gone to Europe and had a lover, and that I would never learn a word of shorthand. If I never learned shorthand I would never have to use it.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “Eccentricities, the perils of being too special, were reasoned and cooed from us like sucked thumbs.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “When I fell out of the light, I entered The stomach of indifference, the wordless cupboard.”
Sylvia Plath Quote: “O heart, such disorganization!”
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