All Quotes, Sylvia Plath

60+ Sylvia Plath Quotes

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. This is a collection of 60+ Sylvia Plath quotes and sayings.



1. There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Sylvia Plath
2. Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. Sylvia Plath
3. I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again. Sylvia Plath
4. Kiss me and you will see how important I am. Sylvia Plath
5. I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Sylvia Plath
6. If you expect nothing from anybody, you're never disappointed. Sylvia Plath
7. How frail the human heart must be - a mirrored pool of thought. Sylvia Plath
8. When you are insane, you are busy being insane - all the time. Sylvia Plath
9. Widow. The word consumes itself. Sylvia Plath
10. There is so much hurt in this game of searching for a mate, of testing, trying. And you realize suddenly that you forgot it was a game, and turn away in tears. Sylvia Plath
11. Indecision and reveries are the anesthetics of constructive action. Sylvia Plath
12. One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind. Sylvia Plath
13. Mountains terrify me - they just sit about; they are so proud. Sylvia Plath
14. I talk to God but the sky is empty. Sylvia Plath
15. Wear your heart on your skin in this life. Sylvia Plath
16. I've begun to think like a Jew, to feel like a Jew. Sylvia Plath
17. But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion. Sylvia Plath
18. I don't believe that the meek will inherit the earth; The meek get ignored and trampled. Sylvia Plath
19. Every woman adores a Fascist. Sylvia Plath
20. The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it. Sylvia Plath
21. How we need another soul to cling to. Sylvia Plath
22. Is there no way out of the mind? Sylvia Plath
23. I have a visual imagination. Sylvia Plath
24. It seems this is an age of clever critics who keep bewailing the fact that there are no works worthy of criticism. Sylvia Plath
25. Perfection is terrible; it cannot have children. Sylvia Plath
26. Poetry at its best can do you a lot of harm. Sylvia Plath
27. Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing. Sylvia Plath
28. There is an increasing market for mental hospital stuff. I am a fool if I don't relive it, recreate it. Sylvia Plath
29. There is something suspect, especially in America, about people who don't have ten-year plans for a career or at least a regular job. Sylvia Plath
30. I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have. Sylvia Plath
31. It seems this is an age of clever critics who keep bewailing the fact that there are no works worthy of criticism. Sylvia Plath
32. If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed. Sylvia Plath
33. I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. Sylvia Plath
34. Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. Sylvia Plath
35. The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence. Sylvia Plath
36. I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy. Sylvia Plath
37. Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted. Sylvia Plath
38. I like people too much or not at all. I've got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them. Sylvia Plath
39. The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn't thought about it. Sylvia Plath
40. There is nothing like puking with somebody to make you into old friends. Sylvia Plath
41. To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream. Sylvia Plath
42. I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo. Sylvia Plath
43. Perhaps some day I'll crawl back home, beaten, defeated. But not as long as I can make stories out of my heartbreak, beauty out of sorrow. Sylvia Plath
44. I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give. Sylvia Plath
45. Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning. Sylvia Plath
46. I want to be important. By being different. And these girls are all the same. Sylvia Plath
47. There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Sylvia Plath
48. The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther. Sylvia Plath
49. What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age. Sylvia Plath
50. If they substituted the word 'Lust' for 'Love' in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth. Sylvia Plath
51. So much working, reading, thinking, living to do! A lifetime is not long enough. Sylvia Plath
52. Ever since I was small I loved feeling somebody comb my hair. It made me go all sleepy and peaceful. Sylvia Plath
53. The trouble about jumping was that if you didn't pick the right number of storeys, you might still be alive when you hit bottom. Sylvia Plath
54. How can you be so many women to so many strange people, oh you strange girl? Sylvia Plath
55. Please don’t expect me to always be good and kind and loving. There are times when I will be cold and thoughtless and hard to understand. Sylvia Plath
56. I am sure there are things that can't be cured by a good bath but I can't think of one. Sylvia Plath
57. I would catch sight of some flawless man off in the distance, but as soon as he moved closer I immediately saw he wouldn’t do at all. Sylvia Plath
58. It was my first big chance, but here I was, sitting back and letting it run through my fingers like so much water. Sylvia Plath
59. The thought that I might kill myself formed in my mind coolly as a tree or a flower. Sylvia Plath
60. I felt myself melting into the shadows like the negative of a person I'd never seen before in my life. Sylvia Plath
61. Character is fate.

Share this collection.



Sharing is Caring: share on facebook buttonshare on twitter button