15 Deeply Moving Quotes From Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath was one of the best poets and novelists of the 20th century. Though her life was cut short by her own hands at the prime age of thirty, her beloved works are still held in high respect and admiration today. Here are 15 insightful quotes from the talented author. Each holding a weight and thoughts of its own.

1. “If I didn’t think, I’d be much happier.”

2. “I like people too much or not at all.”

3. “I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed and sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane. (I think I made you up inside my head.)”

4. “I am so busy keeping my head above water that I scarcely know who I am, much less who anyone else is.”

5. “I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.”

6. “I have fallen a long way. Clouds are flowering, blue and mystical over the face of the stars.”

7. “I desire the things which will destroy me in the end.”

8. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

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

10. “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.”

11. “You’ve only got so long to live.”

12. “Is there no way out of the mind?”

13. “We should meet in another life, we should meet in the air, me and you.”

14. “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.”

15. “It is so much safer not to feel, not to let the world touch me.”


Though she may have been deeply troubled, I think of Sylvia Plath as a strong-willed woman who often faced her vulnerability and fragility with boldness, when people so often run away from theirs. A hero for the ages.



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