Quotations by Dickinson, Emily


Because I could not stop for Death–
He kindly stopped for me–
The Carriage held but just Ourselves–
And Immortality

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“Because I could not stop for Death”
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Endow the Living — with the Tears —
You squander on the Dead.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“Endow the Living — with the Tears –” (1862)
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Fame is a bee
It has a song —
It has a sting —
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“Fame is a bee”
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Fame is a bee
It has a song —
It has a sting —
Ah, too, it has a wing.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“Fame is a bee” (undated)
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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 (1830-1886) American poet
“Hope is the thing with feathers”
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Inebriate of air am I,
And debauchee of dew,
Reeling, through endless summer days,
From inns of molten blue.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“I taste a liquor never brewed,” l. 5
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If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in Vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again
I shall not live in Vain.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“If I can stop one heart from breaking”
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If I can stop one Heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain.
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one Pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in Vain.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“If I can stop one Heart from breaking” (1864)
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The Bustle in a House
The Morning after Death
Is solemnest of industries
Enacted upon Earth —
The Sweeping up the Heart
And putting Love away
We shall not want to use again
Until Eternity.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“The Bustle in a House” (c. 1866)
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There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“There is no frigate like a book” (c. 1873)
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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee”
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To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“To Make a Prairie” (#1755)
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To wait an Hour — is long —
If Love be just beyond —
To wait Eternity — is short —
If Love reward the end —

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
“To Wait an Hour — is long” (1863?)
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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 (1830-1886) American poet
(Attributed)

In Kathleen Norris, "The Difference: October 1," The Cloister Walk (1996)

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A Wounded Deer — leaps highest —

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Complete Poems, Part 1 “Life,” #8 (1924)
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They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Letter
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The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul — BOOKS.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Letter

Quoted by R. Sweall, "In Search of Emily Dickenson," Extraordinary Lives: The art and Craft of American Biography [ed. W. Zinsser] (1988)
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I hope your rambles have been sweet and your reveries spacious.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Letter to Dr. & Mrs. J.G. Holland (Autumn 1876)

Full text.

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I believe we shall in some manner to be cherished by our Maker — that the One who gave us this remarkable earth has the power still farther to surprise that which He has caused. Beyond that all is silence.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Letter to her cousins (Nov 1882)
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Anger as soon as fed is dead —
‘Tis starving makes it fat.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet
Poem #1509 (c. 1881)
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