Emily Dickenson Quotes

40 of the best book quotes from Emily Dickenson
  1. #1
    “To be alive──is Power.”
  2. #2
    “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
  3. #3
    “If certain, when this life was out,
    That yours and mine should be,
    I ’d toss it yonder like a rind,
    And taste eternity.”
  4. #4
    “Now, when I read, I read not,
    For interrupting tears
    Obliterate the etchings
    Too costly for repairs.”
  5. #5
    “I measure every Grief I meet
    With narrow, probing, eyes –
    I wonder if It weighs like Mine –
    Or has an Easier size.”
  6. #6
    “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.”
  7. #7
    “Not knowing when the dawn will come
    I open every door.”
  8. #8
    “To see the Summer Sky
    Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—
    True Poems flee—”
  9. #9
    “Not with a club, the Heart is broken
    Nor with a Stone –
    A Whip so small you could not see it
    I’ve known”
  10. #10
    “Why joys so scantily disburse,
    Why Paradise defer,
    Why floods are served to us in bowls,—
    I speculate no more.”
  1. #11
    “The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
    And Immortality.”
  2. #12
    “The Soul selects her own Society.”
  3. #13
    “Success is counted sweetest
    By those who ne’er succeed.”
  4. #14
    “The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.”
  5. #15
    “Earth is a merry damsel, and heaven a knight so true”
  6. #16
    “We slowly drove – He knew no haste”
  7. #17
    “It might be lonelier
    Without the Loneliness”
  8. #18
    “The Brain is deeper than the sea”
  9. #19
    “While I was fearing it, it came,
    But came with less of fear,
    Because that fearing it so long
    Had almost made it dear.”
  10. #20
    “Because I could not stop for Death.”

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  1. #21
    “I am not used to Hope —
    It might intrude upon —
    Its sweet parade — blaspheme the place —
    Ordained to Suffering —”
  2. #22
    “I started early, took my dog,
    And visited the sea;
    The mermaids in the basement
    Came out to look at me”
  3. #23
    “In a serener Bright,
    In a more golden light
    I see
    Each little doubt and fear,
    Each little discord here
  4. #24
    “Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.”
  5. #25
    “Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune without the words,
    And never stops at all”
  6. #26
    “Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.”
  7. #27
    “I dwell in Possibility –
    A fairer House than Prose –
    More numerous of Windows –
    Superior – for Doors –”
  8. #28
    “If you were coming in the fall,
    I’d brush the summer by”
  9. #29
    “The brain has corridors surpassing
    Material place.”
  10. #30
    “Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.”
  1. #31
    “Earth is crammed with Heaven.”
  2. #32
    “The moon was but a chin of gold
    A night or two ago,
    And now she turns her perfect face
    Upon the world below.”
  3. #33
    ″‘Tis harder knowing it is due,
    Than knowing it is here.”
  4. #34
    “Death is like the insect
    Menacing the tree,
    Competent to kill it,
    But decoyed may be.”
  5. #35
    “Then I will not repine
    Knowing that bird of mine
    Though flown shall in a distant tree
    Bright melody for me
  6. #36
    “For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.”
  7. #37
    “Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.”
  8. #38
    “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.”
  9. #39
    “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.
  10. #40
    “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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