I sometimes get side-eyed when I talk about how much I love Sylvia Plath's works because of, well, how she died and how uncomfortable people are with that. Nonetheless, she said and wrote some of my favourite sentences. Here are a few (that fit.)
  1. "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York."
    (The very opening lines of) The Bell Jar
  2. "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."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  3. "If the moon smiled, she would resemble you. / You leave the same impression / of something beautiful, but annihilating."
    The Rival
  4. "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."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  5. "I was supposed to be having the time of my life."
    The Bell Jar
  6. "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."
    Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
  7. "I didn’t want any flowers, I only wanted / to lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty. / How free it is, you have no / idea how free."
  8. "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."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  9. "Eternity bores me, / I never wanted it."
  10. "If they substituted the word 'Lust' for 'Love' in the popular songs it would come nearer the truth."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  11. "How frail the human heart must be―a mirrored pool of thought."
    Letters Home
  12. "I want to write because I have the urge to excel in one medium of translation and expression of life. I can't be satisfied with the colossal job of merely living. Oh, no, I must order life in sonnets and sestinas and provide a verbal reflector for my 60-watt lighted head."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
  13. "People or stars / Regard me sadly, I disappoint them."
    Sheep in Fog
  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."
    The Bell Jar
  15. "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."
    The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath