QUOTES FROM THE BELL JAR

“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.”

“The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it.”

“I am sure there are things that can’t be cured by a good bath but I can’t think of one.”

“I wanted to crawl into her [Doreen’s] pocket and stay there forever.”

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

“I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.”

“I am not afraid of falling. I love to fall. It’s the landing that’s problematic.”

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”

“I wanted change and excitement and to shoot off in all directions myself, like the colored arrows from a Fourth of July rocket”

“I wanted to be where nobody I knew could ever come.”

“I felt the first bangs of desperation pounding against my lungs.”

“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest.”

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain” AGAIN AND AGAIN QUOTES

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.”

“I didn’t know what I was waiting for. Maybe I felt that nothing was going to happen until I made it happen.”

“I felt like a racehorse in a world without racetracks or a champion college footballer suddenly confronted by Wall Street and a business suit, his days of glory shrunk to a little gold cup on his mantel with a date engraved on it like the date on a tombstone.”

“I wasn’t very good at being a glamorous young woman. I was a terrible flirt. I couldn’t flutter my eyelashes, or coyly droop my head on one side.”

“That’s one of the reasons I never wanted to get married. The last thing I wanted was infinite security and to be the placid pond of my marriage.”

“I wanted to do everything once and for all and be through with it.”

“I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked.”

“I had removed my blue jeans and sneakers before lying down, and now I sat in my dress and the heavy coat Daddy had bought me at Filene’s basement last fall.”

“I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn’t make up my mind which of the figs I would choose.”

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.”

“The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.”