Emily Dickinson Quotes

“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

 

 

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

 

 

“Forever is composed of nows.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

 

“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

“I dwell in possibility…”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Pardon My Sanity In A World Insane”
― Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

“A Word is Dead

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.”
― 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

 

 

 

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

“Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

“The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul–BOOKS.”
― 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

 

 

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

 

 

“One need not be a chamber to be haunted.”
― Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

 

 

“We turn not older with years but newer every day.”
― 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,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chilliest land
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

“Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.”
― 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

 

 

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.”
― 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 Dickenson

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
― Emily Dickinson

 

 

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

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