Emily Dickinson Quotes

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson, an American poet whose recognition grew posthumously, is now esteemed as one of the foremost figures in American poetry. Her origins trace back to Amherst, Massachusetts, where she was born into a prominent family deeply rooted in the local community. Wikipedia

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I felt it shelter to speak to you.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The lovely flowers embarrass me. They make me regret I am not a bee…” ~ Emily Dickinson

“That I shall love always, I argue thee that love is life, and life hath immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away, Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears a Human soul.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Till I loved I never lived.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“A wounded dear leaps the highest.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too?” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The brain is wider than the sky.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I never saw a moor, I never saw the sea; Yet know I how the heather looks, And what a wave must be. I never spoke with God, Nor visited in Heaven; Yet certain am I of the spot, As if a chart were given.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“How much can come And much can go, And yet abide the world!” ~ Emily Dickinson

“There is no Silence in the Earth – so silent As that endured Which uttered, would discourage Nature And haunt the World.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; A smile as small as mine might be Precisely their necessity.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Nature is a haunted house – but Art – is a house that tries to be haunted.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there ’s a pair of us – don’t tell! They ’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog!” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“To travel far, there is no better ship than a book.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Judge tenderly of me.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Bring me the sunset in a cup.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Those who have not found the heaven below, will fail of it above.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant – Success in Circuit lies Too bright for our infirm Delight The Truth’s superb surprise As Lightning to the Children eased With explanation kind The Truth must dazzle gradually Or every man be blind –.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“We turn not older with years but newer every day.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“One need not be a chamber to be haunted; One need not be a house; The brain has corridors surpassing Material place.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Until you have loved, you cannot become yourself.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“To lose what we have never owned might seem an eccentric bereavement, but Presumption has its own affliction as well as claim.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Heart, we will forget him, You and I, tonight! You must forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I had no time to hate, because The grave would hinder me, And life was not so ample I Could finish enmity Nor had I time to love: but since Some industry must be, The little toil of love, I thought, Was large enough for me.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“An ear can break a human heart As quickly as a spear, We wish the ear had not a heart So dangerously near.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Hope is a strange invention – A Patent of the Heart – In unremitting action Yet never wearing out.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“One need not be a chamber to be haunted.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Just a turn of the doorknob, and there lies freedom.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?” ~ Emily Dickinson

“My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them!” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Where thou art, that is home.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“This is the Hour of Lead- Remembered, if outlived, As freezing persons, recollect the Snow- First-Chill-then Stupor- then the letting go –.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“A great hope fell You heard no noise The ruin was within.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Unto a broken heart No other one may go Without the high prerogative Itself hath suffered too.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I confess that I love him, I rejoice that I love him, I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth that gave him to me. The exultation floods me.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“But a Book is only the Heart’s Portrait- every Page a Pulse.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“To multiply the harbors does not reduce the sea.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Much Madness is Divinest Sense, to a Discerning Eye…” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“In the name of the bee And of the butterfly And of the breeze, amen!” ~ Emily Dickinson

“How do most people live without any thought? There are many people in the world, – you must have noticed them in the street, – how do they live? How do they get strength to put on their clothes in the morning?” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The WILL is always near, dear, though the feet vary.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“If you were coming in the fall, I’d brush the summer by, With half a smile and half a spurn, As housewives do a fly. If I could see you in a year, I’d wind the months in balls, And put them each in separate drawers, Until their time befalls.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“This is my letter to the world That never wrote to me.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I must go in, the fog is rising.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Beauty is not caused. It is.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I have an appetite for silence.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“My life closed twice before its close.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“If your Nerve, deny you – Go above your Nerve.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me, the simple news that nature told, with tender majesty. Her message is committed, to hands I cannot see; for love of her, sweet countrymen, judge tenderly of me.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“This World is not Conclusion. A Sequel stands beyond- Invisible, as Music- But positive, as Sound.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I dwell in possibility.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Love is everything. And that’s all we know about it.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – BOOKS.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The hearts that never lean must fall.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“One step at a time is all it takes to get you there.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I don’t profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I felt a Cleaving in my Mind- As if my Brain had split- I tried to match it- Seam by Seam- But could not make it fit.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Fortune befriends the bold.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“How happy is the little stone That rambles in the road alone, And doesn’t care about careers, And exigencies never fears; Whose coat of elemental brown A passing universe put on; And independent as the sun, Associates or glows alone, Fulfilling absolute decree In casual simplicity.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The Truth never flaunted a sign.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The brain is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Forever is composed of nows.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“You can stay young as long as you learn.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Parting is all we know of Heaven, and all we need of Hell.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I tasted life.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Unable are the Loved to die For Love is Immortality, Nay, it is Deity – Unable they that love – to die For Love reforms Vitality Into Divinity.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Pardon my sanity in a world insane.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“It is strange that the most intangible thing is the most adhesive.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“The sun just touched the morning; The morning, happy thing, Supposed that he had come to dwell, And life would be all spring.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I imagine therefore I belong and am free.” ~ Emily Dickinson

“Wild Nights – Wild Nights! Were I with thee Wild Nights should be Our luxury! Futile – the winds – To a heart in port – Done with the compass – Done with the chart! Rowing in Eden – Ah, the sea! Might I moor – Tonight – In thee!” ~ Emily Dickinson

“I HIDE myself within my flower That wearing on your breast, You, unsuspecting, wear me too – And angels know the rest. I hide myself within my flower, That, fading from your vase, You, unsuspecting, feel for me Almost a loneliness…” ~ Emily Dickinson

“My friends are my estate.” ~ Emily Dickinson

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