Quotes from Sylvia Plath [23 Quotes On Motherhood & Feminism]

Quotes from Sylvia Plath

Quotes from Sylvia Plath _Sylvia Plath is an American poet – best known for the novels ‘The Bell Jar’, and for the poetry collections ‘The Colossus’ and ‘Ariel’. She met and married an English poet named Ted Hughes, although the two later broke up.

because of depression, Plath committed suicide in 1963, receiving much praise after her death for the novel “The Bell Jar”, and the collections of poetry “The Colossus and Ariel”. In 1982, Plath became the first person to win the Pulitzer Prize after his death.

Here are some of Sylvia Plath’s most memorable quotes and sayings that reveal her thoughts and views on life, love, art, etc…Enjoy!

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  1. The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.
  2. I like people too much or not at all. I’ve got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.
  3. The hardest thing is to live richly in the present without letting it be tainted out of fear for the future or regret for the past.
  4. I too want to be important. By being different. And these girls are all the same.
  5. What did my fingers do before they held him. __ Quotes from Sylvia Plath
  6. I know pretty much what I like and dislike; but please, don’t ask me who I am.
  7. There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
  8. You have to be able to make a real creative life for yourself, before you can expect anyone else to provide one ready-made for you.
  9. I must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.
  10. Why the hell are we conditioned into the smooth strawberry-and-cream Mother-Goose-world, Alice-in-Wonderland fable, only to be broken on the wheel as we grow older and become aware of ourselves as individuals with a dull responsibility in life? __ Quotes from Sylvia Plath
  11. What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.
  12. If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. You leave the same impression Of something beautiful, but annihilating.
  13. And there’s the fallacy of existence: the idea that one could be happy forever and age with a given situation or series of accomplishments.
  14. And by the way, everything in life is writeable if you have the outgoing guts to do it. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
  15. I must bridge the gap between adolescent glitter and mature glow. __ Quotes from Sylvia Plath
  16. When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever.
  17. Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits me and is most becoming?
  18. I may never be happy, but tonight I am content.
  19. 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.
  20. If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed. __ Quotes from Sylvia Plath
  21. I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.
  22. 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.
  23. Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.

Closing words

As you read these 23 Quotes from Sylvia Plath, realize that they can be a sources of guidance during the times you need and can motivate you when you have a problem.

Neither success nor failure is finite. That’s the motivation you choose to make the biggest difference.

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