Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 1)

“I guess I should have been excited the way most of the other girls were, but I couldn’t get myself to react. I felt very still and very empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” – page 2-3

“[…] all the old ladies I ever knew wanted to teach me something, but I suddenly didn’t think they had anything to teach me.” – page 6

“[…] I didn’t have any illusions. I knew perfectly well he’d come for Doreen.” – page 8

“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” – page 18

“[…] if you do something incorrect at table with a certain arrogance, as if you knew perfectly well you were doing it properly, you can get away with it and nobody will think you are bad-mannered or poorly brought up. They will think you are original and very witty.” – page 25

“[…] suddenly he was scribbling letters and numbers and equal signs all over the blackboard and my mind went dead.” – page 32

“’Don’t let the wicked city get you down.’” – page 36

“It was comforting to know I had fallen and could fall no farther.” – page 43

“I felt sorry when I came to the last page. I wanted to crawl in between those black lines of print the way you crawl through a fence, and go to sleep under that beautiful big green fig-tree.” – page 52

“’I reckon a good poem lasts a whole lot longer than a hundred of those people put together.’” – page 53

“If you expect nothing from somebody you are never disappointed.” – page 56

“[…]I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old.” – page 71

“The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters.” – page 72