A true master of great American literature, let these Emily Dickinson quotes serve as your inspiration today.
Emily Dickinson left an indelible mark on American literature.
Despite her unusual life of self-imposed social seclusion, Dickinson was a prolific writer whose unique style had a big influence on the direction of 20th-century poetry.
Born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Dickinson was educated at Amherst Academy (now Amherst College) and proved to be a bright and conscientious student.
She began writing as a teenager and was both a keen artist and an accomplished musician.
Dickinson created nearly 1800 poems, with many of them dealing with themes of death and immortality.
Her careful words take on a whole new meaning and invite us to savor the richness of life in even the littlest things.
Emily Dickinson died on May 15, 1886, in Amherst, Massachusetts at the age of 55.
While she was a prolific poet, only a handful of her work was published during her lifetime.
The first volume of her poetry was published in 1890, four years after her death.
Below is our collection of inspirational, wise, and beautiful Emily Dickinson quotes, collected from a variety of sources over the years.
Emily Dickinson Quotes From The Master Of Classic Literature
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
Emily Dickinson quotes that will inspire you to slow down and see the world in a new light
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
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21. “The heart wants what it wants — or else it does not care.” – Emily Dickinson
22. “Forever is composed of nows.” – 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
Emily Dickinson quotes that will inspire you to appreciate the beauty around you
31. “I don’t profess to be profound, but I do lay claim to common sense.” ― Emily Dickinson
32. “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
33. “Saying nothing sometimes says the most” -.Emily Dickinson
35. “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
36. “The poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on.” ― Emily Dickinson
37. “These are the days when birds come back, a very few, a Bird or two, to take a backward look.” ― Emily Dickinson
38. “I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness.” ― Emily Dickinson
40. “To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” ― Emily Dickinson
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41. “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
42. “The spreading wide my narrow hands to gather Paradise.” ― Emily Dickinson
43. “Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. Espousing the former is not defending the latter.” ― Emily Dickinson
44. “I work to drive the awe away, yet awe impels the work.” ― Emily Dickinson
45. “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” – Emily Dickinson
46. “Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me the Carriage held but just Ourselves and Immortality.” ― Emily Dickinson
47. “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
48. “When Jesus tells us about his Father, we distrust him. When he shows us his Home, we turn away, but when he confides to us that he is ‘acquainted with Grief’, we listen, for that also is an Acquaintance of our own.” ― Emily Dickinson
49. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” – Emily Dickinson
50. “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
Which of these Emily Dickinson quotes was your favorite?
Emily Dickinson will always be remembered as one of America’s greatest and most original poets of all time.
She continues to be a topic of discussion long after her death.
Although the breadth of her work became public only after her death, Dickinson wrote poetry of great power.
We hope her powerful words above have inspired you to slow down and see the world in a new light.
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May 5, 2019 7:30 AM EST