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Best Emily Dickinson Quotes

Emily Dickinson Quotes About Life, Love, Death, Nature, Writing, Leaving Cert, Books, Poetry, Feminism,  Hope & Education! It is a shame that Emily Dickinson’s genius was only appreciated after her death and accepted by her fans. One of literature’s most renowned and enigmatic cultural figures, she was an American poet. In Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10th, 1830, a girl named Emily Dickinson was born. For one time in Congress, her father, Edward Dickinson, was a prominent participant in state and national politics.

Emily Dickinson Quotes

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She was a fan of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, as well as John Keats. Rumors of Whitman’s dishonor kept her from reading his poetry at the time. Still, the two writers are now linked by their prominent position as the pioneers of an exclusively American literary voice. While Dickinson was a prolific poet and often included poetry in her letters to friends, she was not well known during her lifetime.

Besides the seventeenth-century English Metaphysical poets, Dickinson’s poetry was shaped by her study of the Bible, particularly the Book of Revelation. Her upbringing in a Puritan community in New England instilled a Calvinistic orthodox and conservative view of religion.

In 1886, she passed away in Amherst, Massachusetts. Family members uncovered forty handbound volumes with approximately 1,800 poems, or “fascicles,” after the death of Emily Dickinson. Dickinson produced these booklets by folding and stitching together five or six sheets of stationery paper and duplicating what seem to be final copies of poems. You’ll see a wide range of dash-like markings in different sizes and orientations in the hand written poetry. Her poems were first published in unbound form, with the notes of her several editors omitted. Her short lines and rhymes expressing her thoughts and emotions have made her one of the unique American poetry voices.

Best Emily Dickinson Quotes

1. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” – Emily Dickinson

2. “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

3. “Your absence insanes me so– I do not feel so peaceful, when you are gone from me.” ― Emily Dickinson

4. “We turn not older with years but newer every day.” – Emily Dickinson

5. “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

6. “I know nothing in the world that has much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it until it begins to shine.” – Emily Dickinson

7. “Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.” – Emily Dickinson

8. “That it will never come again is what makes life sweet. Dwell in possibility. Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickenson

9. “Opinion is a fitting thing but truth outlasts the sun – if then we cannot own them both, possess the oldest one.” ― Emily Dickinson

10. “Truth is such a rare thing, it is delighted to tell it.” – Emily Dickinson

11. “We outgrow love like other things and put it in a drawer, till it an antique fashion shows like costumes grandsires wore.” ― Emily Dickinson

12. “Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.” – Emily Dickinson

13. “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

14. “Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” ― Emily Dickinson

15. “Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions. Stirs the Culprit Life!” – Emily Dickinson

16. “I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson

17. “To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.” –  Emily Dickinson

18. “Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.” – Emily Dickinson

19. “If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry… Is there any other way?” ― Emily Dickinson

20. “He soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” –    Emily Dickinson

21. “The heart wants what it wants — or else it does not care.” – Emily Dickinson

22. “Forever is composed of now’s.” – Emily Dickinson

23. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” – Emily Dickinson

24. “Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.” ― Emily Dickinson

25. “The pedigree of honey does not concern the bee; A clover, any time, to him is aristocracy.” ― Emily Dickinson

26. “A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.” ― Emily Dickinson

27. “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

28. “A morning without you is dwindled dawn.” – Emily Dickinson

29. “The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul–books.” ― Emily Dickinson

30. “I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size.” – Emily Dickinson

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