Poetic Quotes by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) lived in Amherst, Massachusetts where she studied at Amherst Academy with her siblings and wrote 1,800 poems over the course of her lifetime. Her work was influenced by the haunting menace of death, and though recluse. Most of her relationships took form through letter writing. Here are some poetic quotes by Emily Dickinson, most being beautiful isolated lines from her poems.


“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can 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. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?” 


“Forever is composed of nows.”


“A wounded deer leaps the highest.”


“A word is dead when it’s been said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.” 


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See also: 10 Well-Loved Poems by Emily Dickinson


“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to … to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.”


“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.”


“But a book is only the heart’s portrait —  every page a pulse.”


“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”


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“Where thou art, that is home..”


“Love is like life merely longer.”


“Dwell in possibility.”


“‘Tis not that dying hurts us so — ’tis living hurts us more.”


“Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.”


“Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”


“Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.”


“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.”


“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”

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