Emily Dickinson Quotes
1. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
2. Forever is composed of nows.
3. That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.
4. If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
5. Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.
6. A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.
7. Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
8. 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?
9. This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to me
10. Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
11. Nature is a haunted house–but Art–is a house that tries to be haunted.
12. To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
13. Bring me the sunset in a cup.
14. Beauty is not caused. It is.
15. 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.
16. The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
17. Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
18. Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.
19. Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.
20. The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care
21. The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul–BOOKS.
22. 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.
23. One need not be a chamber to be haunted.
24. I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.
25. We turn not older with years but newer every day.
26. I don’t profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.
27. Till I loved I never lived.
28. The lovely flowers
They make me regret
I am not a bee.
29. Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.
30. Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.
31. 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.
32. But a Book is only the Heart’s Portrait- every Page a Pulse.
33. An ear can break a human heart
As quickly as a spear,
We wish the ear had not a heart
So dangerously near.
34. Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
35. We outgrow love like other things and put it in a drawer, till it an antique fashion shows like costumes grandsires wore.
36. Parting is all we know of Heaven,
and all we need of Hell.
37. Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.
38. Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
39. A wounded dear leaps the highest
40. Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
41. The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.
42. 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?
43. Those who have not found the heaven below,
will fail of it above.
44. My love for those I love — not many — not very many, but don’t I love them so?
45. To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
46. He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!
47. Tis not that dieing hurts us so- tis living- hurts us more.
48. I have been bent and broken, but -I hope- into a better shape.
49. Anger as soon as fed is dead-
‘Tis starving makes it fat.
50. That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.
51. The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.
52. There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.
53. The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.
54. They say that God is everywhere and yet we always think of him as somewhat of a recluse.
55. I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too?
56. People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
57. I’ll tell you how the sun rose, a ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.
The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
“That must have been the sun!
58. Faith is a fine invention
When gentlemen can see,
But microscopes are prudent
In an emergency.
59. 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.
60. My best Acquaintances are those
With Whom I spoke no Word