Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 2)

“The trouble was, I had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it.” – page 72

“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, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.” – page 73

“It occurred to me that my vision of the fig-tree and all the fat figs that withered and fell to earth might well have arisen from the profound void of an empty stomach.” – page 74

“So i began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterwards you went about numb as a slave in some private, totalitarian state.” – page 81

“’Not bad.’ I thought it was dreadful.” – page 87

“I could tell Marco was a woman-hater, because in spite of all the models and TV starlets in the room that night he paid attention to nobody but me. Not out of kindness or even curiosity, but because I’d happened to be dealt to him, like a playing card in a pack of identical cards.” – page 102

“Children made me sick.” – page 113

“But even that didn’t shut out the light, so I buried my head under the darkness of the pillow and pretended it was night. I couldn’t see the point of getting up. I had nothing to look forward to.” – page 113

“Then I knew what the trouble was. I needed experience. How could I write about life when I’d never get a love affair or a baby or seen anybody die?” – page 117

“What did I think was wrong? That made it sound as if nothing was really wrong, I only thought it was wrong.” – page 124

“They understood things of the spirit in Japan. They disemboweled themselves when anything went wrong.” – page 132

“What bothered me was that everything about the house seemed normal, although I knew it must be chock-full of crazy people.” – page 135

“The figures around me weren’t people, but shop dummies, painted to resemble people and propped up in attitudes counterfeiting life.” – page 136

Quotes I Liked – When God Was A Rabbit Part 2

“‘Memories, […] no matter how small or inconsequential, are the pages that define us.'” – page 122

“I am here but I am not yours” – page 131

“I watched him weave in and out of parents holding cigarettes and lager instead of their children’s hands.” – page 133

“‘Do I believe in a mystery; the unexplained phenomenon that is life itself. The greater something that illuminates inconsequence in our lives; that gives us something to strive for as well as the humanity to brush ourselves down and start all over again. Then yes, I do. It is the source of art, of beauty, of love, and proffers the ultimate goodness to mankind. That to me is God. That to me is life. That is what I believe in.'” – page 141-142

“‘There is absolutely no reason at all why a rabbit should not be God.'” – page 142

“That’s what she wrote; with an ironic exclamation mark. It had the power to break a heart.” – page 185

“The sound of the trunk fracturing and splintering and falling to earth was the sound his heart would have made, could it speak.” – page 215

“His own death he’d made peace with years ago, but everyone else’s still frightened him and so he held her hand to not let her go.” -page 217

“‘I have the not-knowing again and I feel scared.'” – page 248

“I saw them hold hands and jump; witnessed the last seconds of their friendship and they never let go.” – page 254

“Everyone had a story of grief. Everyone else’s was worse than yours.” – page 259

“When sweets were a penny and god was a rabbit.” – 269

“‘That’s the person I know, and through him is the way you’ll know me, because connected to all these things are moments, and for so many of them, I was there. And that’s the thing that hurts so much. […] You see, you were the only person who knew everything. Because you were there. And you were my witness.'” – page 308