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368 Inspiring Quotes by Emily Dickinson

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Wikipedia Summary for Emily Dickinson

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Little-known during her life, she has since been regarded as one of the most important figures in American poetry.

Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. After studying at the Amherst Academy for seven years in her youth, she briefly attended the Mount Holyoke Female Seminary before returning to her family's house in Amherst.

Evidence suggests that Dickinson lived much of her life in isolation. Considered an eccentric by locals, she developed a penchant for white clothing and was known for her reluctance to greet guests or, later in life, to even leave her bedroom. Dickinson never married, and most friendships between her and others depended entirely upon correspondence.

While Dickinson was a prolific writer, her only publications during her lifetime were 10 of her nearly 1,800 poems, and one letter. The poems published then were usually edited significantly to fit conventional poetic rules. Her poems were unique for her era. They contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends, and also explore aesthetics, society, nature and spirituality.

Although Dickinson's acquaintances were most likely aware of her writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Dickinson's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that her work became public. Her first collection of poetry was published in 1890 by personal acquaintances Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Mabel Loomis Todd, though both heavily edited the content. A 1998 New York Times article revealed that of the many edits made to Dickinson's work, the name "Susan" was often deliberately removed. At least eleven of Dickinson's poems were dedicated to sister-in-law Susan Huntington Gilbert Dickinson, though all the dedications were obliterated, presumably by Todd. A complete, and mostly unaltered, collection of her poetry became available for the first time when scholar Thomas H. Johnson published The Poems of Emily Dickinson in 1955.

mountain dew during sunrise

Twas my one glory -
Let it be
Remembered
I was owned of Thee.

--Emily Dickinson

None

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

green grass field

She rose to his requirement, dropped
The playthings of her life
To take the honorable work
Of woman and of wife.

--Emily Dickinson

woman holding brown umbrella

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.

--Emily Dickinson

clear blue sea under blue sky

I never lost as much but twice,
And that was in the sod.

--Emily Dickinson

tilt shift lens photo of sunflower

Volcanoes be in Sicily
And South America
I judge from my Geography --
Volcanoes nearer here
A lava step at any time
Am I inclined to climb --
A Crater I may contemplate
Vesuvius at Home.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow flower in green grass field

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.

--Emily Dickinson

black and white abstract illustration

That Love is all there is
Is all we know of Love,
It is enough, the freight should be
Proportioned to the groove.

--Emily Dickinson

group of people inside the room in grayscale photo

I hope your rambles have been sweet, and your reveries spacious.

--Emily Dickinson

girl pulling the collar of dog during daytime

Remorse is memory awake.

--Emily Dickinson

milky way wallpaper

The mountain at a given distance In amber lies; Approached, the amber flits a little, -- And that's the skies!

--Emily Dickinson

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Memory is a strange Bell--Jubilee, and Knell.

--Emily Dickinson


mountains covered with fog

Our journey had advanced; Our feet were almost come To that odd fork in Being's road, Eternity by term.

--Emily Dickinson

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

Other Courtesies have been -
Other Courtesy may be -
We commend ourselves to thee
Paragon of Chivalry.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky and white clouds

I have a brother and sister; my mother does not care for thought, and father, too busy with his briefs to notice what we do. He buys me many books, but begs me not to read them, because he fears they joggle the mind.

--Emily Dickinson

person with blue paint on hand

Hope is a thing with feathers.

--Emily Dickinson

The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa

The days will have more hours while you are gone away.

--Emily Dickinson

Arizona landscape

This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to me.

--Emily Dickinson

white wooden dock on white sand

Dreams are the subtle dower that make us rich an hour. Then fling us poor out of the purple door. Into the precinct raw possessed before.

--Emily Dickinson


donkey

For love is immortality.

--Emily Dickinson

close up shot of white flower

There's a certain slant of light, On winter afternoons, That oppresses, like the weight Of cathedral tunes.

--Emily Dickinson

man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.

--Emily Dickinson

black floor lamp at the corner

The bustle in a house The morning after death Is solemnest of industries Enacted upon earth, -- The sweeping up the heart, And putting love away We shall not want to use again Until eternity.

--Emily Dickinson


black dog face

Tell the truth, but tell it slant.

--Emily Dickinson

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

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

--Emily Dickinson

blue and white painted wall

That short, potential stir
That each can make but once,
That bustle so illustrious
Tis almost consequence,
Is the eclat of death.

--Emily Dickinson

person on road at sunset

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

white and blue ice on water

We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies.

--Emily Dickinson

white pendant lamp

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


starry milky way

The Soul should always stand ajar.

--Emily Dickinson

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Love is its own rescue; for we, at our supremest, are but its trembling emblems.

--Emily Dickinson

Arizona landscape

The Soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend,
Or the most agonizing Spy
An Enemy -- could send.

--Emily Dickinson

women's black and pink monokini

When a Lover is a Beggar Abject is his Knee. When a Lover is an Owner Different is he.

--Emily Dickinson

Light blue to dark blue gradient

I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves.

--Emily Dickinson

lighted candle in dark room

We both believe, and disbelieve a hundred times an hour, which keeps believing nimble.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow green leaf

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


water on seashore

When the Best is gone -- I know that other things are not of consequence -- The Heart wants what it wants -- or else it does not care .

--Emily Dickinson

None

You remember my ideal cat has always a huge rat in its mouth, just going out of sight -- though going out of sight in itself has a peculiar pleasure.

--Emily Dickinson

None

The Heart is the Capital of the Mind-- The Mind is a single State-- The Heart and the Mind together make A single Continent-- One--is the Population-- Numerous enough-- This ecstatic Nation Seek--it is Yourself.

--Emily Dickinson

sunset

Opinion is a fitting thing but truth outlasts the sun -- if then we cannot own them both, possess the oldest one.

--Emily Dickinson

purple and white light illustration

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

Hey! I miss you

There is no frigate like a book.

--Emily Dickinson


pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Banish Air from Air
Divide Light if you dare.

--Emily Dickinson

white board beside pencil and tape

The past is not a package one can lay away.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

When I state myself, as the representative of the verse, it does not mean me, but a supposed person.

--Emily Dickinson

black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime

My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun -- In Corners -- till a Day The Owner passed -- identified -- And carried Me away .

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

Luck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky with stars during night time

So instead of getting to Heaven, at last -- I'm going, all along.

--Emily Dickinson

brown trees on brown field during daytime

Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.

--Emily Dickinson

brown and gray brick wall

Apparently with no surprise To any happy Flower The Frost beheads it at its play -- In accidental power -- The blonde Assassin passes on -- The Sun proceeds unmoved To measure off another Day For an Approving God.

--Emily Dickinson

white flowers

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

black bird on brown tree branch during daytime

Action is redemption.

--Emily Dickinson

city lights from hill

No Life can pompless pass away -
The lowliest career
To the same Pageant wends its way
As that exalted here .

--Emily Dickinson


Arizona landscape rocks

Sweet hour, blessed hour, to carry me to you, and to bring you back to me, long enough to snatch one kiss, and whisper goodbye again.

--Emily Dickinson


blue sky with stars during night time

PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there's a word to lift your hat to... to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that's the genius behind poetry.

--Emily Dickinson

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

To fight aloud is very brave, but gallanter, I know, who charge within the bosom, the Cavalry of Woe.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water under blue sky during sunset

The past is such a curious creature,
To look her in the face
A transport may reward us,
Or a disgrace.
Unarmed if any meet her,
I charge them, fly !
Her rusty ammunition
Might yet reply !

--Emily Dickinson

black and gray floral textile

There are depths in every Consciousness, from which we cannot rescue ourselves -- to which none can go with us.

--Emily Dickinson

top view of green succulent plants

Pardon my sanity in a world insane.

--Emily Dickinson

sunset highway

Such is the force of Happiness -- The Least can lift a ton Assisted by its stimulus.

--Emily Dickinson


focus photography of chick on gray ground

To multiply the harbors does not reduce the sea.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photography of mountain

The brain is deeper than the sea.

--Emily Dickinson

multicolored abstract painting

A wounded dear leaps the highest.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

I never had a mother. I suppose a mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.

--Emily Dickinson


red flame

Had we less to say to those we love, perhaps we should say it oftener.

--Emily Dickinson

white and blue ice on water

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

blue wallpaper

A sick room is at times too sacred a place for a friend's knock, timid as that is.

--Emily Dickinson

green and white painted wall

Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?

--Emily Dickinson

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

God gave a loaf to every bird, But just a crumb to me.

--Emily Dickinson

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

I think Heaven will not be as good as earth, unless it bring with it that sweet power to remember, which is the staple of Heaven here.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water near mountains

I must go in, the fog is rising.

--Emily Dickinson

five children sitting on bench front of trees

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

--Emily Dickinson

trees at sunset

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.

--Emily Dickinson

green moss on brown tree trunk

Find ecstasy in life; the more sense of living is joy enough.

--Emily Dickinson

man in gray shirt and blue denim jeans sitting on gray rock near green tree during

Till I loved I never lived.

--Emily Dickinson

adult black and tan dachshund

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.

--Emily Dickinson

green leafed tree on snowfield under white cloudy sky at daytime

Saying nothing... sometimes says the most.

--Emily Dickinson

None

Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.

--Emily Dickinson

black and white window illustration

My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them!

--Emily Dickinson


blue and white water surface

I tasted -- careless -- then -
I did not know the Wine
Came once a World -- Did you?
Oh, had you told me so -
This Thirst would blister -- easier -- now.

--Emily Dickinson


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

A charm invests a face
Imperfectly beheld,--
The lady dare not lift her veil
For fear it be dispelled.
But peers beyond her mesh,
And wishes, and denies,--
Lest interview annul a want
That image satisfies.

--Emily Dickinson


three boys running on field

Experiment to me
Is every one I meet.
If it contain a kernel?
The figure of a nut
Presents upon a tree,
Equally plausibly;
But meat within is requisite,
To squirrels and to me.

--Emily Dickinson

blooming yellow sunflower field

Life is the finest secret. So long as that remains, we must all whisper.

--Emily Dickinson

mountains under starry sky during nighttime

The lovely flowers embarrass me. They make me regret I am not a bee.

--Emily Dickinson

None

There is always one thing to be grateful for -- that one is one's self and not somebody else.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of off-road car

Besides the autumn poets sing, a few prosaic days, a little this side of the snow, and that side of the haze.

--Emily Dickinson

full moon in the sky

I held a jewel in my fingers And went to sleep. The day was warm, and winds were prosy; I said: "'T will keep." I woke and chid my honest fingers,-- The gem was gone; And now an amethyst remembrance Is all I own.

--Emily Dickinson

street lamp

Each life converges to some centre expressed or still.

--Emily Dickinson



high-angle photography of beach side

To hang our head ostensibly,
And subsequent to find
That such was not the posture
Of our immortal mind,
Affords the sly presumption
That, in so dense a fuzz,
You, too, take cobweb attitudes
Upon a plane of gauze!

--Emily Dickinson

white flowers in brown stem

When everything that ticked has stopped, and space stares, all around, or grisly frosts, first autumn morns, repeal the beating ground.

--Emily Dickinson

rock formation surrounding by body of water

To possess is past the instant; we achieve the joy, immortality contented, were anomaly.

--Emily Dickinson

silver round analog wall clock

Heaven is so far of the mind that were the mind dissolved -- the site of it by architect could not again be proved.

--Emily Dickinson



Arizona landscape donkey

I never saw a meme; I never saw the sea.

--Emily Dickinson

library shelf near black wooden ladder

To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

--Emily Dickinson


pink flowers in tilt shift lens

Experiment has a stimulus which withers its fear.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photography of forest

This is my letter to the world That never wrote to me.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of off-road car

Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue.

--Emily Dickinson

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

We never know we go when we are going- We jest and shut the Door- Fate-following-behind us bolts it- And we accost no more.

--Emily Dickinson

cluster of stars in the sky

The sweets of pillage can be known To no one but the thief, Compassion for integrity Is his divinest grief.

--Emily Dickinson

green leaf in close up photography

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, And Mourners to and fro Kept treading -- treading -- till it seemed That Sense was breaking through --.

--Emily Dickinson

ocean

If fame belonged to me, I could not escape her; if she did not, the longest day would pass me on the chase, and the approbation of my dog would forsake me then. My barefoot rank is better.

--Emily Dickinson

green leafed plant

Till the first friend dies, we think ecstasy impersonal, but then discover that he was the cup from which we drank it, itself as unknown.

--Emily Dickinson

beach shore during day time

Forbidden fruit a flavor has
That lawful orchards mocks ;
How luscious lies the pea within
The pod that Duty locks !

--Emily Dickinson

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Suspense-is Hostiler than Death-Death- tho soever Broad, Is just Death, and cannot increase- Suspense-does not conclude.

--Emily Dickinson


silhouette of mountain during sunset

I cling to nowhere until I fall -- the crash of Nothing.

--Emily Dickinson

blue and white abstract painting

I know some lonely houses off the road
A robber'd like the look of, --
Wooden barred,
And windows hanging low.

--Emily Dickinson

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

The dandelion's pallid tube
Astonishes the grass,
And winter instantly becomes
An infinite alas.

--Emily Dickinson

gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands

Initial of Creation, and The Exponent of Earth.

--Emily Dickinson

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

--Emily Dickinson

photo of pine trees

Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions. Stirs the Culprit Life!

--Emily Dickinson

snow covered mountain under blue sky

Those who have not found the heaven below, will fail of it above.

--Emily Dickinson

pink-petaled rose flower

We are the only poets," Emily told Susan, "and everyone else is prose.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Superiority to Fate Is difficult to gain 'Tis not conferred of Any But possible to earn.

--Emily Dickinson

grayscale photo of elephant on grass field

Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.

--Emily Dickinson

white pendant lamp

We outgrow love like other things and put it in a drawer, till it an antique fashion shows like costumes grandsires wore.

--Emily Dickinson


aerial view of gray building on brown sand

My best Acquaintances are those With Whom I spoke no Word.

--Emily Dickinson

pair of white lace-up shoes

Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day Without suspecting our abode until we drive away.

--Emily Dickinson



red strawberry fruit on red surface

The Pleading of the Summer -- That other Prank -- of Snow -- That Cushions Mystery with Tulle, For fear the Squirrels -- know.

--Emily Dickinson

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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

landscape photography of green tree

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, .

--Emily Dickinson


gray concrete surface

A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
at any other period
When March is scarcely here.

--Emily Dickinson

None

I stepped from plank to plank so slow and cautiously the stars about my head I felt, about my feet the sea. I knew not but the next would be my final inch -- this gave me that precarious gait some call experience.

--Emily Dickinson


selective focus photography of sunflower

The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

--Emily Dickinson

red strawberry fruit on red surface

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.

--Emily Dickinson

white clouds and blue sky

To venerate the simple days Which lead the seasons by, Needs but to remember That from you or I They may take the trifle Termed mortality!

--Emily Dickinson


green trees

Success is counted sweetest By those who ne'er succeed.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky with white clouds

The Past is such a curious Creature To look her in the Face A Transport may receipt us Or a Disgrace.

--Emily Dickinson

forest near mountain alps

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.

--Emily Dickinson

low angle photography of gray concrete building

Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.

--Emily Dickinson


silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Pardon My Sanity In A World Insane.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette photo of mountain during night time

At least to pray is left -- is left Oh Jesus -- in the Air -- I know not which thy chamber is -- I'm knocking everywhere.

--Emily Dickinson

high-angle photography of beach side

I lost a world the other day. Has anybody found? You'll know it by the rows of stars around it's forehead bound. A rich man might not notice it; yet to my frugal eye of more esteem than ducats. Oh! Find it, sir, for me!

--Emily Dickinson

shallow focus photography of books

How lucious lies the pea within the pod.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photo of mountain during nighttime

I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photography of horizon

Parting is all we know of Heaven, and all we need of Hell.

--Emily Dickinson

person holding flowers

If your Nerve, deny you -- Go above your Nerve.

--Emily Dickinson



red textile in close up photography

What Soft -- Cherubic Creatures --
These Gentlewomen are --
One would as soon assault a Plush --
Or violate a Star.

--Emily Dickinson


tree frog

Portraits are to daily faces As an evening west To a fine, pedantic sunshine In a satin vest.

--Emily Dickinson

four wooden boat on teal sea

I imagine therefore I belong and am free.

--Emily Dickinson

None

Presentiment is that long shadow on the lawn
Indicative that suns go down;
The notice to the startled grass
That darkness is about to pass.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water under clear blue sky painting

The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee, a clover, anytime, to him, is aristocracy.

--Emily Dickinson

close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar

The Babies we were are buried, and their shadows are plodding on.

--Emily Dickinson


mountains covered with fog

His Labor is a Chant -- His Idleness -a Tune -- Oh, for a Bee's experience Of Clovers, and of Noon!

--Emily Dickinson


silhouette of flying bird

I think of love, and you, and my heart grows full and warm, and my breath stands still... I can feel a sunshine stealing into my soul and making it all summer, and every thorn, a rose.

--Emily Dickinson

blooming yellow sunflower field

Renunciation-is a piercing Virtue-The letting go A Presence-for an Expectation.

--Emily Dickinson

sunset

But it is growing damp and I must go in. Memory's fog is rising.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow bee beside purple petaled flower during daytime

Hunger is a way
Of standing outside windows
The entering takes away.

--Emily Dickinson

green mountains under blue sky during daytime

Love can do all but raise the Dead.

--Emily Dickinson

white and blue ice in water

You left me boundaries of pain Capacious as the sea, Between eternity and time, Your consciousness and me.

--Emily Dickinson


person standing on top of mountain

To be alive is power; existence in itself; without a further function; omnipotence.

--Emily Dickinson

four white balloons on white wall

If fame belonged to me, I could not escape her; if she did not, the longest day would pass me on the chase, and the approbation of my dog would forsake me.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

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

--Emily Dickinson

person holding white and yellow flower painting

Expectation is contentment -- Gain satiety.

--Emily Dickinson

boat docked near house

Dying is a wild night and a new road.

--Emily Dickinson


person sleeping on gray gang chair

I ... am small, like the wren, and my hair is bold like the chestnut burr; and my eyes like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves.

--Emily Dickinson

purple flowered hedge plants

Fame is a fickle food Upon a shifting plate, Whose table once a Guest, but not The second time, is set. Whose crumbs the crows inspect, And with ironic caw Flap past it to the Farmer's corn; Men eat of it and die.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Split the Lark--and you'll find the Music, Bulb after Bulb, in Silver rolled.

--Emily Dickinson

red surface

Love is everything. And that's all we know about it.

--Emily Dickinson

silver round analog wall clock

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

water on seashore

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

palm tree under orange sky

By Chivalries as tiny, A Blossom, or a Book, The seeds of smiles are planted- Which Blossom in the dark.

--Emily Dickinson

man smiling while facing other person

One need not be a chamber to be haunted.

--Emily Dickinson

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

--Emily Dickinson

selective photography of green leaf plant

If I shouldn't be alive
When the Robins come,
Give the one in Red Cravat,
A Memorial crumb.

--Emily Dickinson

green leafed trees during daytime

Afraid? Of whom am I afraid? Not death. For who is he?

--Emily Dickinson

tall trees with dried leaves on ground

The spreading wide my narrow Hands
To gather Paradise.

--Emily Dickinson

None

Of Consciousness, her awful Mate. The Soul cannot be rid -- as easy the secreting her behind the Eyes of God.

--Emily Dickinson

calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime

Heart, we will forget him, You and I, tonight! You must forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.

--Emily Dickinson


body of water during daytime

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

stars across the sky view at the desert

Each that we lose takes a part of us; A crescent still abides, Which like the moon, some turbid night, Is summoned by the tides.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water

'Arcturus' is his other name- I'd rather call him 'Star.' It's very mean of Science To go and interfere!

--Emily Dickinson

yellow flower in green grass field

There's nothing wicked in Shakespeare, and if there is I don't want to know it.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow and blue painted wall

Fame is a bee.
It has a song -
It has a sting -
Ah, too, it has a wing.

--Emily Dickinson

two women walking on bridge during daytime

The Heart wants what it wants -- or else it does not care.

--Emily Dickinson

purple and blue light illustration

I stepped from plank to plank So slow and cautiously; The stars about my head I felt, About my feet the sea. I knew not but the next Would be my final inch,-- This gave me that precarious gait Some call experience.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photography of road at savannah

We must be careful what we say. No bird resumes its egg.

--Emily Dickinson

white wooden table near brown chair

That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.

--Emily Dickinson

aerial's photo of metropolitan during night time\

I think of love, and you, and my heart grows full and warm, and my breath stands still.

--Emily Dickinson


landscape photography of forest

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away.

--Emily Dickinson

pink and white flowers on white surface

Longing is like a seed that wrestles in the ground.

--Emily Dickinson

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

The abdication of Belief
Makes the Behavior small-
Better an ignis fatuus
Than no illume at all.

--Emily Dickinson

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

Some keep the Sabbath going to church; I keep it staying at home, with a bobolink for a chorister, and an orchard for a dome.

--Emily Dickinson

blue and white abstract painting

Remember and care for me sometimes, and scatter a fragrant flower in this wilderness life of mine by writing me.

--Emily Dickinson

sunset and agave stalk

I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.

--Emily Dickinson


green, red, and white abstract painting

A Letter is a Joy of Earth -- It is denied the Gods.

--Emily Dickinson

white and blue ice in water

A power of Butterfly must be -- The Aptitude to fly Meadows of Majesty concedes And easy Sweeps of Sky .

--Emily Dickinson

houses and trees during nighttime

You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself.

--Emily Dickinson


brown and grey trees and rock formation painting

Fearless -- the cobweb swings from the ceiling --
Indolent Housewife -- in Daisies -- lain!

--Emily Dickinson

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

His mind of man, a secret makes I meet him with a start he carries a circumference in which I have no part.

--Emily Dickinson

white and blue ice in water

Bloom upon the Mountain--stated Blameless of a Name Efflorescence of a Sunset Reproduced--the same.

--Emily Dickinson

red strawberry fruit on red surface

A Clock stopped --
Not the Mantel's --
Geneva's farthest skill
Can't put the puppet bowing --
That just now dangled still.

--Emily Dickinson

grayscale photography of raindrops

God is not so wary as we, else He would give us no friends, lest we forget Him! The charms of the heaven in the bush are superseded, I fear, by the heaven in the hand, occasionally.

--Emily Dickinson

blue and white abstract painting

That Love is all there is, Is all we know of Love; It is enough, the freight should be proportioned to the groove.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of trees during nighttime

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

time lapse photography body of water

I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if they have to try,
And whether, could they choose between,
They would not rather die.

--Emily Dickinson


pink umbrella

When
Continents
expire
The Giants
they discarded --
are
Promoted
to endure --.

--Emily Dickinson

palm tree under orange sky

IMMORTAL is an ample word When what we need is by, But when it leaves us for a time, 'Tis a necessity.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photography of road at savannah

Anger as soon as fed is dead- 'Tis starving makes it fat.

--Emily Dickinson

gray concrete surface

The Morning after Woe- Tis frequently the Way- Surpasses all that rose before- For utter Jubilee.

--Emily Dickinson


three person looking stars and milky way

Unto a broken heart No other one may go Without the high prerogative Itself hath suffered too.

--Emily Dickinson


brown mountain on body of water

A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.

--Emily Dickinson

green trees

One step at a time is all it takes to get you there.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky with stars during night time

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


Arizona landscape rocks

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


body of water under clear blue sky painting

The pedigree of honey Does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him Is aristocracy.

--Emily Dickinson

purple flowers under sunny sky

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.

--Emily Dickinson

black pug

Fortune befriends the bold.

--Emily Dickinson


grassland landscape

A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.

--Emily Dickinson

shoreline during golden hour

To lose ones faith-surpass The loss of an Estate- Because Estates can be Replenished- faith cannot.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky with white clouds

Nature rarer uses yellow Than another hue; Saves she all of that for sunsets, -- Prodigal of blue.

--Emily Dickinson

two children holding hands while walking in the middle of the fields

God's unique capacity is too surprising to surprise.

--Emily Dickinson

man jumping on hill during golden hour

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

--Emily Dickinson


two persons holding each other hands

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.

--Emily Dickinson

people in the street painting

Bring me the sunset in a cup.

--Emily Dickinson

person wearing red running shoe

After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.

--Emily Dickinson

green leaf

There is a pain so utter, it swallows being up; The covers the abyss with a trance So memory can step around, across, upon it.

--Emily Dickinson

fine trees waving

It sounded as if the streets were running, And then the streets stood still.

--Emily Dickinson

blue and white abstract painting

A color stands abroad on solitary hills that silence cannot overtake, but human nature feels.

--Emily Dickinson


pink tree

My Life had stood -- a Loaded Gun.

--Emily Dickinson

cup of latte on table

Where thou art, that is home.

--Emily Dickinson

man and woman kissing

The older I grow the more do I love spring and spring flowers. Is it so with you?

--Emily Dickinson

leafless tree on body of water during daytime

The Spider as an Artist Has never been employed- Though his surpassing Merit Is freely certified.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Who loves you most, and loves you best, and thinks of you when others rest? 'Tis Emilie.

--Emily Dickinson


yellow background

If you take care of the small things, the big things take care of themselves. You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.

--Emily Dickinson

snowflake

I like a look of agony, because I know it's true.

--Emily Dickinson

raging waves through shores

I miss the grasshoppers much, but suppose it is all for the best. I should become too much attached to a trotting world.

--Emily Dickinson

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

--Emily Dickinson



brown and black leaf in close up photography

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

--Emily Dickinson

brown leaf on asphalt road

Forever is composed of nows.

--Emily Dickinson

sunset

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

--Emily Dickinson

red rose

Safe Despair it is that raves- Agony is frugal. Puts itself severe away For its own perusal.

--Emily Dickinson

woman in black tank top and gray leggings doing yoga

Susie, what shall I do -- there is'nt room enough; not half enough, to hold what I was going to say. Wont you tell the man who makes sheets of paper, that I hav'nt the slightest respect for him!

--Emily Dickinson

black bare tree under blue sky

The sailor cannot see the north but knows the needle can.

--Emily Dickinson


brown humming bird flying in mid air

How softly summer shuts, without the creaking of a door.

--Emily Dickinson

houses and trees during nighttime

To see the Summer Sky Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie-- True Poems flee--.

--Emily Dickinson



aerial photography of beach

Publication -- is the auction of the mind.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of mountain

Your absence insanes me so -- I do not feel so peaceful, when you are gone from me.

--Emily Dickinson

body of water

That no Flake of snow fall on you or them -- is a wish that would be a Prayer, were Emily not a Pagan.

--Emily Dickinson

black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks

I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, Eyes;
I wonder if It weighs like Mine,
Or has an Easier size.

--Emily Dickinson

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

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.

--Emily Dickinson

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.

--Emily Dickinson

None

The Brain is just the weight of God --
For -- Heft them -- Pound for Pound --
And they will differ -- if they do --
As Syllable from Sound.

--Emily Dickinson

man in black shirt wearing cowboy hat

A Dominie in Gray --
Put gently up the evening Bars --
And led the flock away.

--Emily Dickinson

A white stripe pattern made up of concrete facade ribs

Vinnie rocks her Garden and moans that God won't help her. I suppose he is too busy getting angry with the Wicked every day.

--Emily Dickinson

couple sitting on the field facing the city

Beauty is not the cause of something, it is what it is.

--Emily Dickinson

red textile in close up photography

'Tis sweet to know that stocks will stand When we with Daisies lie- That Commerce will continue- And Trades as briskly fly.

--Emily Dickinson

red and black logo

Let us go in; the fog is rising.

--Emily Dickinson

Milky way in nature photography

The truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind.

--Emily Dickinson

woman wearing gray long-sleeved shirt facing the sea

AMPLE make this bed. Make this bed with awe; In it wait till judgment break Excellent and fair. Be its mattress straight, Be its pillow round; Let no sunrise' yellow noise Interrupt this ground.

--Emily Dickinson

selective focus photo of green snake plant

Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind-Thy windy will to bear!

--Emily Dickinson

pink and blue painted wall

We trust in plumed procession
For such the angels go
Rank after rank, with even feet And uniforms of snow.

--Emily Dickinson


clear wine glass with red wine

I had a terror-since September -I could tell to none-and so I sing, as the Boy does by the Burying Ground-because I am afraid.

--Emily Dickinson

white and blue ice on water

There is a June when Corn is cut And Roses in the Seed -- A Summer briefer than the first But tenderer indeed.

--Emily Dickinson



yellow and black striped background

Affection is like bread, unnoticed till we starve, and then we dream of it, and sing of it, and paint it, when every urchin in the street has more than he can eat.

--Emily Dickinson

pink and blue painted wall

Witchcraft was hung, in History, But History and I Find all the Witchcraft that we need Around us, every Day .

--Emily Dickinson

None

Eternity' is there, We say, as of a station. Meanwhile, he is so near, He joins me in my Ramble? Divides abode with me? No Friend have I that so persists As this Eternity.

--Emily Dickinson


raging waves through shores

The distance that the dead have gone Does not at first appear- Their coming back seems possible For many an ardent year.

--Emily Dickinson

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

What fortitude the Soul contains, That it can so endure The accent of a coming Foot- The opening of a Door.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette photo of mountain during nighttime

I tasted life.

--Emily Dickinson


brown and black train track in between trees phtoography

Pain has an element of blank.

--Emily Dickinson

A stack of thick folders on a white surface

Common sense is almost as omniscient as God.

--Emily Dickinson

beach shore during day time

You cannot fold a flood and put it in a drawer, because the winds would find it out and tell your cedar floor.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow flower field under clear sky

Forever is composed of Nows
'Tis not a different time
Except for Infiniteness
And Latitude of Home.

--Emily Dickinson

couple sitting near trees during golden hour

Behold this little Bane- The Boon of all alive- As common as it is unknown The name of it is Love.

--Emily Dickinson


white pencil on black platform

Open your life wide, and take me in forever. I will never be tired-I will never be noisy when you want to be still...nobody else will see me, but you-but that is enough-I shall not want any more.

--Emily Dickinson

orange flowers

Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.

--Emily Dickinson

two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge

A Deed knocks first at Thought And then -- it knocks at Will -- That is the manufacturing spot.

--Emily Dickinson


green leafed plant

I had no monarch in my life, and cannot rule myself; and when I try to organize, my little force explodes and leaves me bare and charred.

--Emily Dickinson

yellow green leaf

Some keep the Sabbath going to church, I keep it staying at home, with a bobolink for a chorister, and an orchard for a dome.

--Emily Dickinson

cluster of stars in the sky

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

green leafed plant

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

photography of white sky at golden hour

MY river runs to thee: Blue sea, wilt welcome me? My river waits reply. Oh sea, look graciously! I 'll fetch thee brooks From spotted nooks,-- Say, sea, Take me!

--Emily Dickinson

boat on sea far away from island

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

--Emily Dickinson


photography of lake near tree

A Bayonet's contrition is nothing to the dead.

--Emily Dickinson

person on road at sunset

Look back on time with kindly eyes, He doubtless did his best; How softly sinks his trembling sun In human nature's west!

--Emily Dickinson


high-angle photography of beach side

They say that "Time assuages" -- Time never did assuage -- An actual suffering strengthens As Sinews do, with age -- Time is a Test of Trouble -- But not a Remedy -- If such it prove, it prove too There was no Malady.

--Emily Dickinson

shallow focus photography of hummingbird sucking nectar in flower

My friends are my estate.

--Emily Dickinson

galaxy

A door just opened on a street --
I, lost, was passing by --
An instant's width of warmth disclosed
And wealth, and company.

--Emily Dickinson

pink petaled flowers under trees at daytime

A light exists in Spring
Not present in the year
at any other period
When March is scarcely here.

--Emily Dickinson

man in cowboy hat

What will the solemn Hemlock- What will the Oak tree say?

--Emily Dickinson

body of water under blue sky during daytime

A charm invests a face Imperfectly beheld,-- The lady dare not lift her veil For fear it be dispelled. But peers beyond her mesh, And wishes, and denies,-- Lest interview annul a want That image satisfies.

--Emily Dickinson





None

I can wade Grief -- Whole Pools of it -- I'm used to that -- But the least push of Joy Breaks up my feet -- And I tip -- drunken -- Let no Pebble -- smile -- 'Twas the New Liquor -- That was all!

--Emily Dickinson

man and woman with bone fire sitting on seashore

Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.

--Emily Dickinson

brown and black tiger near body of water

He deposes Doom Who hath suffered him.

--Emily Dickinson

flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.

--Emily Dickinson

silhouette of trees near body of water during sunset

Faith is a fine invention When gentlemen can see, But microscopes are prudent In an emergency.

--Emily Dickinson

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Tell all the truth but tell it slant.

--Emily Dickinson


full moon in the sky

Her breast is fit for pearls,
But I was not a "Diver" --
Her brow is fit for thrones
But I have not a crest,
Her heart is fit for home-
I- a Sparrow- build there
Sweet of twigs and twine
My perennial nest.

--Emily Dickinson

pavement surrounded with dried leaves

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away.

--Emily Dickinson

white and gray cat

I dwell in possibility.

--Emily Dickinson


top view of green succulent plants

Saying nothing sometimes says the most.

--Emily Dickinson

grassland landscape

Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.

--Emily Dickinson


pink dahlia in bloom

A wounded deer leaps the highest.

--Emily Dickinson

person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night

Longing, it may be, is the gift no other gift supplies.

--Emily Dickinson

None

To see her is a picture- To hear her is a tune- To know her an Intemperance As innocent as June- To know her not-Affliction- To own her for a Friend A warmth as near as if the the Sun Were shining in your Hand.

--Emily Dickinson

brown leaf on asphalt road

Beauty is not caused. It is.

--Emily Dickinson

blue sky with white clouds

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.

--Emily Dickinson

red strawberry fruit on red surface

In such a porcelain life, one likes to be sure that all is well lest one stumble upon one's hopes in a pile of broken crockery.

--Emily Dickinson

closeup photo of bird beside purple petal flowers

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

mountains under white mist at daytime

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

--Emily Dickinson

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