Sylvia Plath Quotes

American poet, novelist, and short-story writer

If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.
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Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.
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I wish you’d find the exit out of my head.
– Sylvia Plath

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What a man wants is a mate and what a woman wants is infinite security,’ and, ‘What a man is is an arrow into the future and a what a woman is is the place the arrow shoots off from.
– Sylvia Plath

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I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? 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.
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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.
– Sylvia Plath

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Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming?
– Sylvia Plath

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I talk to God but the sky is empty.
– Sylvia Plath

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If I didn’t think, I’d be much happier.
– Sylvia Plath

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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

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Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
– Sylvia Plath

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I’ll never speak to God again.
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Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.
– Sylvia Plath

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If they substituted the word ‘Lust’ for ‘Love’ in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth.
– Sylvia Plath

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The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
– Sylvia Plath

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

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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?
– Sylvia Plath

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So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.
– Sylvia Plath

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If only I knew what I wanted I could try to see about getting it.
– Sylvia Plath

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Some things are hard to write about. After something happens to you, you go to write it down, and either you over dramatize it, or underplay it, exaggerate the wrong parts or ignore the important ones. At any rate, you never write it quite the way you want to.
– Sylvia Plath

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Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children.
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