Quotes



How well aware the body was of what it wanted. How quickly it gleaned the news it could use.

Purity
The body is not a thing, it is a situation: it is our grasp on the world and our sketch of our project.

The Second Sex
I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.

Tropic of Cancer
If I didn't think, I'd be much happier; if I didn't have any sex organs, I wouldn't waver on the brink of nervous emotion and tears all the time.

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body
What was my body to me? A kind of flunkey in my service. Let but my anger wax hot, my love grow exalted, my hatred collect in me, and that boasted solidarity between me and my body was gone
The eye is the jewel of the body
The body sprang
At once to the height, and stayed; but the soul, no!

A Death in the Desert
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On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
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