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Emily Dickinson quotes (showing 151-180 of 407)

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“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.

The heroism we recite
Would be a daily thing,
Did not ourselves the cubits warp
For fear to be a king.”
Emily Dickinson
“Le monde est oval. On apprend l’eau par la soif, et la terre par le voyage en mer; la passion par les affres, et la paix par les récits de guerre; l’amour par la mort, et les oiseaux par l’hiver.”
Emily Dickinson
“My business is circumference.”
Emily Dickinson
“A precious mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind.
The literature of old;

What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty,
And Sophocles a man;

When Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante deified.
Facts, centuries before,

He traverses familiar,
As one should come to town
And tell you all your dreams were true:
He lived where dreams were born.

His presence is enchantment,
You beg him not to go;
Old volumes shake their vellum heads
And tantalize just so.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“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
“Fortune befriends the bold.”
Emily Dickinson
“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
“Much Madness is Divinest Sense, to a Discerning Eye....”
Emily Dickinson
“Exultation is the going
Of an inland soul to sea
Past the houses, past the headlands
Into deep eternity!
Bred as we, among the mountains
Can the sailor understand
The divine intoxication
Of the first league out from land?”
Emily Dickinson
“A Word that Breathes Distinctly
Has not the Power to Die”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“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
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“The only secret people keep is immortality.”
Emily Dickinson
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“I'm a Nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? There's a pair of us- don't tell!”
Emily Dickinson
“The only Commandment I ever obeyed — 'Consider the Lilies.”
Emily Dickinson, The Letters Of Emily Dickinson
“THE soul should always stand ajar,
That if the heaven inquire,
He will not be obliged to wait,
Or shy of troubling her.

Depart, before the host has slid
The bolt upon the door,
To seek for the accomplished guest, --
Her visitor no more.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“You cannot put a fire out!
A thing that can ignite can go itself-
without a flame-
E'en through the darkest night!”
Emily Dickinson
“Existence has overpowered Books. Today I slew a Mushroom.”
Emily Dickinson
“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
“If you were coming in the Fall,
I'd brush the Summer by
With half a smile and half a spurn,
As Housewives do a Fly.

If I could see you in a year,
I'd wind the months in balls —
And put them each in separate Drawers,
For fear the numbers fuse —

If only Centuries, delayed,
I'd count them on my Hand,
Subtracting, till my fingers dropped
Into Van Diemen's land.

If certain, when this life was out,
That yours and mine should be,
I ’d toss it yonder like a rind,
And taste eternity.

But, now, uncertain of the length
Of this, that is between,
It goads me, like the Goblin Bee,
That will not state — its sting.”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“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
“I HIDE myself within my flower
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too—
And angels know the rest.

I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness...”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness.”
Emily Dickinson
“A precious, mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind,
The literature of old...”
Emily Dickinson
“Who has not found the heaven below
Will fail of it above.
God's residence is next to min,
His furniture is love.”
Emily Dickinson
“I fear a Man of frugal speech -
I fear a Silent Man -
Haranguer - I can overtake -
Or Babbler - entertain -

But He who weigheth - While the Rest -
Expend their furthest pound -
Of this Man - I am wary -
I fear that He is Grand -”
Emily Dickinson
“I started early, took my dog,
And visited the sea;
The mermaids in the basement
Came out to look at me”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems
“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
“If your Nerve, deny you
Go above your Nerve”
Emily Dickinson
“Grant me, O Lord, a sunny mind-Thy windy will to bear!”
Emily Dickinson


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