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Emily Dickenson Quotes

40 of the best book quotes from Emily Dickenson
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“To be alive──is Power.”
Emily Dickenson
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The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
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“Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
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“If certain, when this life was out, That yours and mine should be, I ’d toss it yonder like a rind, And taste eternity.”
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“Now, when I read, I read not, For interrupting tears Obliterate the etchings Too costly for repairs.”
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“I measure every Grief I meet With narrow, probing, eyes – I wonder if It weighs like Mine – Or has an Easier size.”
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“Water is taught by thirst; Land, by the oceans passed; Transport, by throe; Peace, by its battles told; Love, by memorial mould; Birds, by the snow.”
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“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.”
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“To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie— True Poems flee—”
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“Not with a club, the Heart is broken Nor with a Stone – A Whip so small you could not see it I’ve known”
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“Why joys so scantily disburse, Why Paradise defer, Why floods are served to us in bowls,— I speculate no more.”
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“The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality.”
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“The Soul selects her own Society.”
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“Success is counted sweetest By those who ne’er succeed.”
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“The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.”
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“Earth is a merry damsel, and heaven a knight so true”
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“We slowly drove – He knew no haste”
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“It might be lonelier Without the Loneliness”
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“The Brain is deeper than the sea”
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“While I was fearing it, it came, But came with less of fear, Because that fearing it so long Had almost made it dear.”
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“Because I could not stop for Death.”
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“I am not used to Hope — It might intrude upon — Its sweet parade — blaspheme the place — Ordained to Suffering —”
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“I started early, took my dog, And visited the sea; The mermaids in the basement Came out to look at me”
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“In a serener Bright, In a more golden light I see Each little doubt and fear, Each little discord here Removed.”
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“Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.”
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“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all”
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“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.”
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“I dwell in Possibility – A fairer House than Prose – More numerous of Windows – Superior – for Doors –”
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“If you were coming in the fall, I’d brush the summer by”
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“The brain has corridors surpassing Material place.”
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“Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.”
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“Earth is crammed with Heaven.”
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“The moon was but a chin of gold A night or two ago, And now she turns her perfect face Upon the world below.”
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″‘Tis harder knowing it is due, Than knowing it is here.”
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“Death is like the insect Menacing the tree, Competent to kill it, But decoyed may be.”
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“Then I will not repine Knowing that bird of mine Though flown shall in a distant tree Bright melody for me Return.”
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“For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy.”
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“Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.”
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“As he handed it to me, I saw he’d gripped it so tightly his knuckles had turned white. We were not the kissing kind, me and Pa, but I wished that maybe he would at least hug me good-bye.”
Mathilda Gokey
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“Why isn’t real life like book life?” I asked, sitting down next to him. “Why aren’t people plain and uncomplicated? Why don’t they do what you expect them to do, like characters in a novel?” I took my shoes and stockings off and dangled my feet in the water, too.
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“And I knew in my bones that Emily Dickinson wouldn’t have written even one poem if she’d had two howling babies, a husband bent on jamming another one into her, a house to run, a garden to tend, three cows to milk, twenty chickens to feed, and four hired hands to cook for.”

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