Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America Quotes

Elizabeth Wurtzel
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"Everything's plastic, we're all going to die sooner or later, so what does it matter. That was my motto." p. 12

"And I can't believe, looking at myself in the mirror, seeing what to all eyes must appear to be a young and healthy twenty-five-year-old with flushed skin and visible biceps — I can't believe anyone in his right mind would deny that these are just too damn many pills." p. 19

"And the scariest part is that if you ask anyone in the throes of depression how he got there, to pin down the turning point, he'll never know. There is a classic moment in The Sun Also Rises when someone asks Mike Campbell how he went bankrupt, and all he can say in response is, "Gradually and then suddenly." When someone asks how I lost my mind, that is all I can say too." p. 22

"For years, my mom tugged toward trying to give me a solid, middle-class, traditional upbringing, while my father would tell me that I should just be an artist or a poet or live off the land, or some such thing." p. 27

"But then I never had to worry about a crash landing because I never even took off." p. 41

"And for the first time, I really understood just how much it must have killed my mother to have him interfere with her parenting." p. 90

"Why do I spend so much time looking out my dorm room window at Harvard Yard, watching the boys with their jeans slung low on their hips, playing hackysack, kicking little beanbags around on the sides of their Top-Siders like everything is fine, not acting like they're doomed at all?" p. 108

"And what I thought, every time I thought about my father, every time his name came up, was quite simply: I WANT TO KILL YOU. I wanted to be more mature, more reasonable, I wanted to have a big, fat, forgiving heart that could contain all this rage and still find room for kind, beneficent love, but I didn't have it in me. I just didn't." p. 138

"I looked behind me and saw a trail of blood, left in dots and splatters on the floor and smears on the wall like a Jackson Pollock painting." p. 187

"Only one person bothers to point out the madness of this plan. My sophomore year advisor, who is also the head of my department, tells me I'm making a big mistake." p. 264

...Noah says to me, "How can you be tired of London? Samuel Johnson said that anyone who is bored with London is bored with life." "Noah," I answer, "I think you're finally catching on." p. 287

"And then something just kind of changed in me. Over the next few days, I became all right, safe in my own skin. It happened just like that." p. 329

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