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February 14, 2017

Quotations by Emily Dickinson


EMILY DICKINSON (1830–1986), AN AMERICAN POET.

Quotations by Emily Dickinson

“Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality.”
~ Emily Dickinson, Because I could not stop for Death (479)

“I died for beauty, but was scarce   
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.”
~ Emily Dickinson, I Died for Beauty, but was Scarce (449)

“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, “Hope” is the thing with feathers (314)

“A power of Butterfly must be –
The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes
And easy Sweeps of Sky –”
~ Emily Dickinson, My Cocoon tightens — Colors teaze (1099)

“Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.”
~ Emily Dickinson, Success is counted sweetest (112)

“I wonder if it hurts to live –
And if They have to try –
And whether – could They choose between –
It would not be – to die –”
~ Emily Dickinson, I measure every Grief I meet (561)

“My life closed twice before its close–
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me

So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.”
~ Emily Dickinson, My life closed twice before its close (96)

“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, We never know how high we are (1176)

“That I shall love alway–
I argue thee
That love is life–
And life hath Immortality–”
~ Emily Dickinson, That I did always love

“We outgrow love, like other things
And put it in the Drawer –
Till it an Antique fashion shows–
Like Costumes Grandsires wore.”
~ Emily Dickinson, We outgrow love, like other things… (887)

“Love–is anterior to Life–
Posterior–to Death–
Initial of Creation, and
The Exponent of Earth–”
~ Emily Dickinson, Love—is anterior to Life (917)

“She died – this was the way she died.
And when her breath was done
Took up her simple wardrobe
And started for the sun –
Her little figure at the gate
The Angels must have spied,
Since I could never find her
Upon the mortal side.”
~ Emily Dickinson, She died – this was the way she died

“The Sun–just touched the Morning–
The Morning—Happy thing–
Supposed that He had come to dwell–
And Life would all be Spring!”
~ Emily Dickinson, The Sun—just touched the Morning (232)

“Mine Enemy is growing old–
I have at last Revenge–
The Palate of the Hate departs–
If any would avenge

Let him be quick –the Viand flits–
It is a faded Meat–
Anger as soon as fed is dead–
'Tis starving makes it fat–”
~ Emily Dickinson, Mine Enemy is growing old (1509)

“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, I felt a Cleaving in my Mind (937)

“The Brain–is wider than the Sky–
For–put them side by side–
The one the other will contain
With ease–and You–beside–”
~ Emily Dickinson, The Brain—is wider than the Sky

“I like to see it lap the Miles–
And lick the Valleys up–
And stop to feed itself at Tanks–
And then - prodigious step”
~ Emily Dickinson, I like to see it lap the Miles (383)

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