Emily Dickinson Quotes

Most popular Emily Dickinson Quotes

I dwell in possibility.
— Emily Dickinson
My friends are my estate.

friendship

Fortune befriends the bold.
— Emily Dickinson

fortune

Beauty is not caused. It is.
— Emily Dickinson

beauty

Home is the definition of God.

God

Tell all the truth but tell it slant.

truth writing advice

Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant.
— Emily Dickinson

truth

The mere sense of living is joy enough.
— Emily Dickinson
Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
— Emily Dickinson
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.
— Emily Dickinson
The second half of joy
Is shorter than the first.
— Emily Dickinson

joy

That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.
— Emily Dickinson
That Love is all there is, 
Is all we know of Love.
— Emily Dickinson

love

The Possible's slow fuse is lit 
 By the Imagination.
— Emily Dickinson

imagination

If you ever feel lost, let your heart be your compass.
— Emily Dickinson
Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
— Emily Dickinson
A Wounded Deer—leaps highest—
I've heard the hunter tell.
— Emily Dickinson
Anger as soon as fed is dead—
'Tis starving makes it fat.
— Emily Dickinson

anger

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.
— Emily Dickinson

hope

A great Hope fell
You heard no noise
The Ruin was within.
— Emily Dickinson

hope

A little madness in the spring is wholesome even for the king.
— Emily Dickinson

springtime

I could not prove that years had feet—
Yet confident they run.
— Emily Dickinson

years

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
— Emily Dickinson

life

Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.
— Emily Dickinson
Luck is not chance—
It's toil—
Fortune's expensive smile
Is earned.
— Emily Dickinson

luck

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

hard work luck

Luck is not chance, it's toil. Fortune's expensive smile is earned.
— Emily Dickinson

hard work luck

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

friendship

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

fame

Luck is not chance — it's toil — fortune's expensive smile is earned.
— Emily Dickinson
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome ecstatic experience.
— Emily Dickinson
One need not a house; The brain has corridors surpassing material place.
— Emily Dickinson
To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.
— Emily Dickinson

life

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
— Emily Dickinson

spiritual experiences

I shall not live in vain if I can ease one life the aching or cool one pain.
— Emily Dickinson
A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.
— Emily Dickinson

words

The power to console is not within corporeal reach—though its attempt is precious.
— Emily Dickinson

sympathy

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.

God

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
— Emily Dickinson
I dwell in Possibility—
A fairer house than Prose—
More numerous of Windows—
Superior—for Doors—.
— Emily Dickinson

possibility

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.
— Emily Dickinson

success

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry.
— Emily Dickinson

books

Surgeons must be very careful
When they take the knife!
Underneath their fine incisions
Stirs the Culprit—Life!
— Emily Dickinson

life

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

Brain

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

hope

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.

aspiration

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
"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

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
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

editors

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.  If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

poetry