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Sylvia Plath is a famous poet and novelist from the 1950s. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27th, 1932. Her father Otto was an engineer and her mother Aurelia was a homemaker. Sylvia became very interested in writing at a young age when she saw her grandmother’s journal in their basement which led to her interest for words.
In 1953 Sylvia graduated with honors from Smith College where she studied English Literature and went on to get her masters degree from Cambridge University in 1955. In 1956, after graduating with another masters degree, this time from Harvard University, Sylvia moved to England with her husband Ted Hughes who had accepted the position of poetry professor at Cambridge University as well as becoming Poet Laureate of England

We are glad to present you the deepest phrases from Sylvia Plath.


About Sylvia Plath

October 27, 1932

February 11, 1963

Poet, Novelist, Short Story Writer


Poetry, Fiction, Short Story

Literary Movement:
Confessional Poetry

Notable Works:
The Bell Jar And Ariel

Notable Awards:
Fulbright Scholarship, Glascock Prize
1955 Two Lovers And A Beachcomber By The Real Sea, Pulitzer Prize For Poetry
1982 The Collected Poems

Sylvia Plath quotes on love

O love, how did you get here? — Sylvia Plath

If you love her’, I said, ‘you’ll love somebody else someday. — Sylvia Plath

Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? — Sylvia Plath

And I, love, am a pathological liar. — Sylvia Plath

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I want so obviously, so desperately to be loved, and to be capable of love. — Sylvia Plath

The truth comes to me. The truth loves me. — Sylvia Plath

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

I think I’m in love with missing you more than I’m in love with you. — Sylvia Plath

I am so hungry for a big smashing creative burgeoning burdened love. — Sylvia Plath

if you love her i said you ll love somebody else someday Sylvia Plath quote

Love is an illusion, but I would willingly fall for it if I could believe in it. — Sylvia Plath

I’m not sure why it is, but I love food more than just about anything else. — Sylvia Plath

Love set you going like a fat gold watch. — Sylvia Plath

I deserve that, don’t I, some sort of blazing love that I can live with. — Sylvia Plath

Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences. — Sylvia Plath

can you understand someone somewhere can you understand me a little love me a little Sylvia Plath quote

I love life. But it is hard and I have so much, so very much to learn. — Sylvia Plath

Love knows not of death nor calculus above the simple sum of heart plus heart. — Sylvia Plath

I love my rejection slips. They show me I try. — Sylvia Plath

Why is Sylvia Plath important?

Sylvia Plath was an American writer whose best-known works, including the poems “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus” and the novel The Bell Jar, starkly express a sense of alienation and self-destruction that has resonated with many readers since the mid-20th century


Love, love, I have hung our cave with roses. — Sylvia Plath

I, love, I am the pure acetylene virgin attended by roses. — Sylvia Plath

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Love is the bone and sinew of my curse. — Sylvia Plath

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

Love is a shadow. How you lie and cry after it. — Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath quotes on time

There was a beautiful time… — Sylvia Plath

When you are insane, you are busy being insane–all the time … when I was crazy, that was all I was. — Sylvia Plath

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If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I’m neurotic as hell. — Sylvia Plath

August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time. — Sylvia Plath

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

You cannot regard your own life with objective curiosity all the time… — Sylvia Plath

Every day is precious and I feel infinitely sad at this time melting away from me. — Sylvia Plath

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If I have a dry spell … I wait and live harder, eyes, ears, and heart open, and when the productive time comes, it is that much richer. — Sylvia Plath

I may have made a straight A in physics, but I was panic–struck. Physics made me sick the whole time I learned it. — Sylvia Plath

I’m not afraid of being lost. We all wander off from time to time. It’s the fear of never quite finding myself that keeps me up at night. — 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

Let me not be sentimental, let the distance in time give me humor and irony and a shrewd, if loving, eye. — Sylvia Plath

you cannot regard your own life with objective curiosity all the time Sylvia Plath quote

What I didn’t say was that each time I picked up a German dictionary or a German book, the very sight of those dense, black, barbed–wire letters made my mind shut like a clam. — Sylvia Plath

Beating time along the edge of thought. — Sylvia Plath

I felt dumb and subdued. Every time I tried to concentrate, my mind glided off, like a skater, into a large empty space, and pirouetted there, absently. — Sylvia Plath

Do I like to write? Why? About what? Will I give up and say, ‘Living and feeding a man’s insatiable guts and begetting children occupies my whole life. Don’t have time to write’? — Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath quotes on heart

O heart, such disorganization! — Sylvia Plath

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I hurl my heart to halt his pace. — Sylvia Plath

Yet I liked him too much… way too much, and I ripped him out of my heart so it wouldn’t get to hurt me more than it did. — Sylvia Plath

When you give someone your whole heart and he doesn’t want it, you cannot take it back. It’s gone forever. — Sylvia Plath

Let me sit in a flowerpot, The spiders won’t notice. My heart is a stopped geranium. — Sylvia Plath

It is a terrible thing to be so open: it is as if my heart put on a face and walked into the world. — Sylvia Plath

i hurl my heart to halt his pace Sylvia Plath quote

The storerooms are full of hearts. This is the city of spare parts. — Sylvia Plath

There is a charge For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge For the hearing of my heart––It really goes. — Sylvia Plath

Every woman adores a Fascist, The boot in the face, the brute Brute heart of a brute like you. — Sylvia Plath

Poets and novelists and playwrights make themselves, against terrible resistances, give over what the rest of us keep safely locked within our hearts. — Janet Malcolm

I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. — Sylvia Plath

let me sit in a flowerpot the spiders won t notice my heart is a stopped geranium Sylvia Plath quote

Sylvia Plath quotes on life

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

What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid. — Sylvia Plath

What was Sylvia Plath’s early life like?

Sylvia Plath published her first poem at age eight. She entered and won many literary contests.

She first sold a poem, to The Christian Science Monitor, and first sold a short story, to Seventeen magazine, while still in high school.


I find that in a novel I can get more of life, perhaps not such intense life, but certainly more of life than in poetry. — Sylvia Plath

The artist’s life nourishes itself on the particular, the concrete. — Sylvia Plath

I have to live my life, and it is the only one I’ll ever have. — Sylvia Plath

we should meet in another life we should meet in air me and you Sylvia Plath quote

Life happens so hard and fast I sometimes wonder who is me… — Sylvia Plath

As a poet, one lives a bit on air. I always like someone who can teach me something practical. — Sylvia Plath

See, the darkness is leaking from the cracks. I cannot contain it. I cannot contain my life. — Sylvia Plath

Hour by hour, day by day, life becomes possible. — Sylvia Plath

There is history to read–centuries to comprehend before I sleep, millions of lives to assimilate before breakfast tomorrow. — Sylvia Plath

what is my life for and what am i going to do with it i don t know and i m afraid Sylvia Plath quote

The claw of the magnolia, drunk on its own scents, asks nothing of life. — Sylvia Plath

A terrible depression yesterday. Visions of my life petering out into a kind of soft–brained stupor from lack of use. — Sylvia Plath

Redundant Thematics

In Sylvia Plath Statements


Wear your heart on your skin in this life. — Sylvia Plath

I love the people,’ I said. ‘I have room in me for love, and for ever so many little lives. — Sylvia Plath

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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The silence drew off, baring the pebbles and shells and all the tatty wreckage of my life. — Sylvia Plath

Life, of course, never gets anyone’s entire attention. Death always remains interesting, pulls us, draws us. — Janet Malcolm

My life is a discipline, a prison: I live for my own work, without which I am nothing. — Sylvia Plath

So learn about life. Cut yourself a big slice with the silver server, a big slice of pie. Open your eyes. Let life happen. — Sylvia Plath

Where did Sylvia Plath study?

Sylvia Plath entered Smith College on a scholarship in 1951.

She achieved considerable artistic, academic, and social success, but she also suffered from severe depression, attempted suicide, and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization.

She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, on a Fulbright fellowship. .


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

i have to live my life and it is the only one i ll ever have Sylvia Plath quote

Love life day by day, color by color, touch by touch. — Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath quotes on thought

I am both worse and better than you thought. — Sylvia Plath

I wondered what I thought I was burying. — Sylvia Plath

The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it. — Sylvia Plath

I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow. — Sylvia Plath

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I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old. — Sylvia Plath

There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice–patched, retreaded and approved for the road. — Sylvia Plath

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

I felt dreadfully inadequate. The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it. — Sylvia Plath

At twenty I tried to die And get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do. — Sylvia Plath

i wondered what i thought i was burying Sylvia Plath quote

The reason I haven’t been writing in this book for so long is partly that I haven’t had one decent coherent thought to put down. — Sylvia Plath

The silence between us was so profound I thought part of it must be my fault. — Sylvia Plath

Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. — Sylvia Plath

Then I thought, ‘No, I broke it myself. I broke it on purpose to pay myself back for being such a heel. — Sylvia Plath

If Doctor Nolan asked me for the matches, I would say that I’d thought they were made of candy and had eaten them. — Sylvia Plath

the trouble was i had been inadequate all along i simply hadn t thought about it Sylvia Plath quote

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. — Sylvia Plath

What awards did Sylvia Plath win?

The Collected Poems, which included many previously unpublished poems, appeared in 1981 and received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, which made Sylvia Plath the first to receive the honour posthumously


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

What I hate is the thought of being under a man’s thumb,’ I had told Doctor Nolan. ‘A man doesn’t have a worry in the world, while I’ve got a baby hanging over my head like a big stick, to keep me in line. — Sylvia Plath

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

Sylvia Plath quotes on feelings

I felt wise and cynical as all hell. — Sylvia Plath

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I felt the first man I slept with must be intelligent, so I could respect him. — Sylvia Plath

The only thing I could think of was turkey neck and turkey gizzards and I felt very depressed. — Sylvia Plath

I felt like a racehorse in a world without racetracks. — Sylvia Plath

I felt dull and flat and full of shattered visions. — Sylvia Plath

I felt overstuffed and dull and disappointed, the way I always do the day after Christmas. — Sylvia Plath

i felt the first man i slept with must be intelligent so i could respect him Sylvia Plath quote

Be stoic when necessary and write–you have seen a lot, felt deeply, and your problems are universal enough to be made meaningful–WRITE. — Sylvia Plath

You felt no reality. Only a weariness, a longing for a shoulder to sleep on, a pair of arms to curl up in–and a lack of that now. — Sylvia Plath

I felt myself melting into the shadows like the negative of a person I’d never seen before in my life. — Sylvia Plath

I don’t know how long I kept at it… I felt reasonably safe, streched out on the floor, and lay quite still. It didn’t seem to be summer any more — Sylvia Plath

I have felt great advances in my poetry, the main one being a growing victory over word nuances and a superfluity of adjectives. — Sylvia Plath

i felt like a racehorse in a world without racetracks Sylvia Plath quote

I felt the mask crumple, the great poisonous store of corrosive ashes begin to spew out of my mouth. — Sylvia Plath

As I lay on my back in bed staring up at the blank, white ceiling the stillness seemed to grow bigger and bigger until I felt my eardrums would burst with it. — Sylvia Plath

As from a star I saw, coldly and soberly, the separateness of everything. I felt the wall of my skin; I am I. That stone is a stone. My beautiful fusion with the things of this world was over. — Sylvia Plath

All the heat and fear had purged itself. I felt surprisingly at peace. The bell jar hung suspended a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air. — Sylvia Plath

I felt myself shrink to a small black dot against all those red and white rugs and that pine paneling. I felt like a hole in the ground. — Sylvia Plath

A baby! I hated babies. I, who for two and a half years had been the center of a tender universe, felt the axis wrench and a polar chill immobilize my bones. I would be a bystander, a museum mammoth. — Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath quotes on world

Doing all the little tricky things it takes to grow up, step by step, into an anxious and unsettling world. — Sylvia Plath

I need not to be more with others, but to be more & more deeply, richly alone. Recreating worlds. — Sylvia Plath

To annihilate the world by annihilation of oneself is the deluded height of desperate egoism. — Sylvia Plath

I must be lean & write & make worlds beside this to live in. — Sylvia Plath

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I am too pure for you or anyone. Your body Hurts me as the world hurts God — Sylvia Plath

If every soldier refused to take arms … there would be no wars; but no one has the courage to be the first to live according to Christ and Socrates, because in a world of opportunists they would be martyred. — Sylvia Plath

To the person in the bell jar, blank and sTopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream. — Sylvia Plath

A man’s world is different from a woman’s world and a man’s emotions are different from a woman’s emotions and only marriage can bring the two different sets of emotions together properly. — Sylvia Plath

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

i am too pure for you or anyone your body hurts me as the world hurts god Sylvia Plath quote

Since my woman’s world is perceived greatly through the emotions and the senses, I treat it that way in my writing–and am often overweighted with heavy descriptive passages and a kaleidoscope of similes. — Sylvia Plath

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