16 Pandas Who Understand Sylvia Plath

And maybe it would have been better if they didn’t. Stay away from The Bell Jar, pandas!

1. “Dying is an art. Like everything else, I do it exceptionally well.”

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2. “I lean to you, numb as a fossil. Tell me I’m here.”

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3. “I began to think vodka was my drink at last. It didn’t taste like anything, but it went straight down into my stomach like a sword swallowers’ sword and made me feel powerful and godlike.”

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4. “What horrifies me most is the idea of being useless: well-educated, brilliantly promising, and fading out into an indifferent middle age.”

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5. “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?”

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6. “To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream.”

ID: 1524831

7. “I like people too much or not at all. I’ve got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.”

ID: 1521287

8. “I thought it would be easy, lying in the tub and seeing the redness flower from my wrists, flush after flush through the clear water, till I sank into sleep under a surface gaudy as poppies.”

ID: 1521293

9. “Is there no way out of the mind?”

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10. “How much of my brain is willfully my own? How much is not a rubber stamp of what I have read and heard and lived?”

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11. “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again. (I think I made you up inside my head.)”

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12. “Everything people did seemed so silly, because they only died in the end.”

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13. “And what 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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14. “I do not love anybody except myself. That is a rather shocking thing to admit.”

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15. “The slime of all my yesterdays rots in the hollow of my skull.”

ID: 1524872

16. “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.”

ID: 1524876

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