60+ Best Sylvia Plath Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Profoundly inspirational Sylvia Plath quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Sylvia Plath Quotes

I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.

How frail the human heart must be – a mirrored pool of thought.

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

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad.

I like people too much or not at all. I’ve got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.

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

So much working, reading, thinking, living to do! A lifetime is not long enough.

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.

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

When I was learning to creep, my mother set me down on the beach to see what I thought of it. I crawled straight for the coming wave and was just through the wall of green when she caught my heels.

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

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

Kiss me and you will see how important I am.

Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both.

I felt proud that the baby’s first real adventure should be as a protest against the insanity of world annihilation. Already a certain percentage of unborn children are doomed by fallout, and no one knows the cumulative effects of what is already poisoning the air and sea.

Inspirational Sylvia Plath Quotes

I think my poems immediately come out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have.

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.

I wish you’d find the exit out of my head.

Freedom is not of use to those who do not know how to employ it.

It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative – whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.

I love him to hell and back and heaven and back, and have and do and will.

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 for me.

I was supposed to be having the time of my life.

I pass by people, grazing them on the edges, and it bothers me. I’ve got to admire someone to really like them deeply – to value them as friends.

A little thing, like children putting flowers in my hair, can fill up the widening cracks in my self-assurance like soothing lanolin.

I’ve begun to think like a Jew, to feel like a Jew.

Indecision and reveries are the anesthetics of constructive action.

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

Believe in some beneficent force beyond your own limited self. God, god, god: where are you? I want you, need you: the belief in you and love and mankind.

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, This is what it is to be happy.

The blood of love welled up in my heart with a slow pain.

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

How we need that security. How we need another soul to cling to, another body to keep us warm. To rest and trust; to give your soul in confidence: I need this. I need someone to pour myself into.

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.

If I tried to describe my personality, I’d start to gush about living by the ocean half my life and being brought up on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and believing in magic for years and years.

I wanted to be where nobody I knew could ever come.

I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.

Top Sylvia Plath Quotes

Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences

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.

I want Books and Babies and Beef stews.

Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning.

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.

What I fear most, I think, is the death of the imagination.

Perfection is terrible; it cannot have children.

I am too pure for you or anyone.

I don’t believe that the meek will inherit the earth; The meek get ignored and trampled.

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!

Indecision and reveries are the anesthetics of constructive action.

I made a point of eating so fast I never kept the other people waiting who generally ordered only chef’s salad and grapefruit juice because they were trying to reduce. Almost everybody I met in New York was trying to reduce.

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

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

The thought that I might kill myself formed in my mind coolly as a tree or a flower.

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

To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.

We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you.

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.

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

Wear your heart on your skin in this life.

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

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.