Quotes I Liked – The Bell Jar (Part 3)

“’How do you feel?’

‘All right.’

But I didn’t. I felt terrible.” – page 139


“’I knew you’d decide to be all right again.’” – page 140

“It was as if what I wanted to kill wasn’t in that skin or the thin blue pulse that jumped under my thumb, but somewhere else, deeper, more secret, and a whole lot harder to get at.” – page 142

“Then I saw that my body had all sorts of little tricks, such as making my hands go limp at the crucial second, which would save it, whereas if I had the whole say, I would be dead in a flash. I would simply have to ambush it with whatever sense I had left, or it would trap me in its stupid cage for fifty years without any sense at all.” – page 153

“The more hopeless you were, the further away they hid you.” – page 154

“She looked loving and reproachful, and I wanted her to go away.” – page 166

“[…] I would rather have anything wrong with my body than something wrong with my head” – page 176

“[…] wherever I sat […] I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.” – page 178

“[…] I kept feeling the visitors measuring my fat and stringy hair against what I had been and what they wanted me to be.” – page 195

“The bell jar hung, suspended, a few feet above my head. I was open to the circulating air.” – page 206

“It was like observing a Martian, or a particularly warty toad. Her thoughts were not my thoughts, nor her feelings my feelings, but we were close enough so that her thoughts and feelings seemed a wry, black image of my own.” – page 210

“To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is the bad dream.” – page 227

“How did I know that someday […] the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn’t descend again?” – page 230