Every heartbreak, every sorrow has an end. A rainbow after the rain. A light at the end of the tunnel. But in this world, hope is only for the hopeful. These 30 Sylvia Plath quotes reflect the ultimate struggle we face to make sense of the things that happen to us.
Sylvia Plath was an American poet and novelist who was born on October 27, 1932. At a young age she had shown a knack for writing. Her work was first published in the Boston Herald’s children’s section when she was only eight. She continued writing as a young girl with many of her poems published in regional publications.
In her later life, she attended Smith College in Massachusetts where she excelled academically and was editor of The Smith Review. Plath then graduated with highest honors, leading her to gain a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Newnham College in England.
She published her first poetry collection, The Colossus, in October 1960. Her only novel, The Bell Jar, was published in January 1963. For most of her adult life, Plath suffered from clinical depression. She died by suicide in February 1963, a month after her novel was published. Her second collection of poetry, Ariel, was published two years after her death.
As a writer, Plath advanced the confessional poetry genre, which is substantially evident in her work. Plath was also awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for The Collected Poems. Here are 30 Sylvia Plath quotes for a glimpse inside the mind of the famous author.
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. – Sylvia Plath
If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed. – Sylvia Plath
I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. – Sylvia Plath
I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. – Sylvia Plath
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
Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing. – Sylvia Plath
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” – Sylvia Plath
We should meet in another life, we should meet in air, me and you. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
I desire the things that will destroy me in the end. – Sylvia Plath
Wear your heart on your skin in this life. – Sylvia Plath
I must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it. – Sylvia Plath
I wonder why I don’t go to bed and go to sleep. But then it would be tomorrow, so I decide that no matter how tired, no matter how incoherent I am, I can skip on hour more of sleep and live. – Sylvia Plath
Is there no way out of the mind? – Sylvia Plath
Life has been some combination of fairy-tale coincidence and joie de vivre and shocks of beauty together with some hurtful self-questioning. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
And the danger is that in this move toward new horizons and far directions, that I may lose what I have now, and not find anything except loneliness. – Sylvia Plath
The floor seemed wonderfully solid. It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther. – Sylvia Plath
I have never found anybody who could stand to accept the daily demonstrative love I feel in me, and give back as good as I give. – Sylvia Plath
Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence. To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forgive life, to be at peace. – Sylvia Plath
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I love my rejection slips. They show me I try. – Sylvia Plath
How frail the human heart must be―a mirrored pool of thought. – Sylvia Plath
If they substituted the word ‘Lust’ for ‘Love’ in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth. – Sylvia Plath
I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one. – Sylvia Plath
Why can’t I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is more becoming? – Sylvia Plath
I knew you’d decide to be all right again. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
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. – Sylvia Plath
As the author herself wrote, there are stories out of heartbreaks and beauty out of loneliness. Share these 30 Sylvia Plath quotes with your loved ones so that they can maybe discover theirs.