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18 Sylvia Plath Quotes That Peek Inside The Warped Mind Of A Brilliant Writer

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The Bell Jar is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Sylvia Plath. It’s probably her best-known work, but this American author and poet spent her short life writing pages of poetry and stories.

Hailing from Boston, Plath was being published in her local paper before even turning ten and went on to be an acclaimed author after college. She was pretty brilliant even as a little girl but was also deeply troubled.

It was during her college years that things took a downward turn and Plath spiraled into a deep and clinical depression. Her poetry was beautiful but it came from a place of sadness. Locked in her own mind, Plath slashed her own legs to see if she had what it took to commit suicide. She then took her mother’s sleeping pills and crawled under their house to die.

After three days, she was found and given treatment, including electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Recovering quite nicely, Plath continued her studies and spent some time at Cambridge in England.

Able to find love, Plath married to poet Ted Hughes. They traveled together, wrote poems to each other and eventually had two children, a boy and a girl. The family moved to England but the relationship between Plath and Hughes didn’t last.

After multiple suicide attempts, Plath stuck her head inside her own oven and died of carbon monoxide poisoning at only 30 years old.

Her mind was a beautiful, tortuous place and these quotes about life give us all a little insight on what it was like to be Sylvia Plath. Here are 18 Sylvia Plath quotes that show you how truly talented and tormented she was.

1. We really don't know what we want. 

"Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing."

2. We want a balance in life that includes our passions. 

"But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion."

3. It's important to take a step back and appreciate just being alive. 

"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am."

4. Sometimes, we are too preoccupied with our problems to remedy them.

"When you are insane, you are busy being insane — all the time."

5. Without expectations, everything is better.

"If you expect nothing from anybody, you're never disappointed."

6. Read a book in the bath, add some candles, and life gets a whole lot easier. 

"There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

7. The world is made up of people that are worth getting to know. 

"I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material." 

8. You are capable of more than you know.

"Didn't you know I'm going to be the greatest, most entertaining author and artist in the world? Well, don't feel badly; I didn't either!"

9. Nature conquers all. 

"Mountains terrify me — they just sit about; they are so proud."

10. Imagination is one of the greatest things you can possess. 

"I have a visual imagination." 

11. The truth can be painful. 

"Poetry at its best can do you a lot of harm."

12. Never stop learning. 

"One should be able to control and manipulate experiences with an informed and intelligent mind." 

13. Don't let your potential go to waste. 

"Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing." 

14. Art reflects life. 

"Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call."

15. Humans are social animals. 

"How we need another soul to cling to."

16. Don't strive to be perfect because that doesn't exist.

"Perfection is terrible; it cannot have children."

17. Being stuck in our own minds can be a dangerous thing. 

"I am a victim of introspection."

18. Life will always go on. 

"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again."


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