The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath
United States
27 Oct 1932 // 11 Feb 1963
Poet / Novelist

Quotes



My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.

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Everything people did seemed so silly, because they only died in the end.

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What a man wants is a mate and what a woman wants is infinite security, and, What a man is is an arrow into the future and a what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from.

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Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace.

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I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one.

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There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends.

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If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.

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The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence.

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I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.

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If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.

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Sylvia Plath

 

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