The late, great poet and novelist Sylvia Plath has a special place in the hearts of readers across the globe. Her most well known work, The Bell Jar, has become a classic since being published in 1963. Today would have been Plath’s 80th birthday, and book lovers are celebrating her legacy. To join in on the fun, we’re sharing 10 of her most beloved quotes.
“Out of the ash I rise with my red hair, and eat men like air.”
“There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”
“I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between.”
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy.’”
“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.”
“If they substituted the word ‘Lust’ for ‘Love’ in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth.”
“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again.”
If you enjoyed these quotes but aren’t too familiar with Plath’s writing, there’s never been a better time to dive in and see what all the fuss is about. If you are a Plath-oholic, what are you doing to celebrate her birthday? We’d love to hear it.
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