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Uplifting Quotes by Emily Dickinson on success, fortune, hope, nature and other things.

100 Uplifting Quotes By Emily Dickinson, The Author Of The Complete Poems

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet

Born On: December 10, 1830

Died On: May 15, 1886

Born In: Amherst

Died At Age: 55

‘Because I could not stop for death; He kindly stopped for me’ - words by Emily Dickinson say a lot about the brilliance of this American poet. Mostly unrecognized at her own time, today, Emily Dickinson is one of the most treasured American poets. She gained prominence post her death for her unusual use of form and syntax. A private person, Dickinson lived a life of seclusion and simplicity. However, this did not come in way of her creativity as she penned some of the greatest and most powerful poetry ever written. Most of her works dwelled on the themes of immortality and death. A trademark style of this prolific poet was to express far-reaching ideas in short, compact phrases. Her words left a lasting imprint on the mind of the readers and have the ability to move and provoke.  Here are some of the selected quotes by Emily Dickinson.

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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

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson

Forever is composed of nows.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

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

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

Emily Dickinson

A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.

Emily Dickinson

Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.

Emily Dickinson

Saying nothing sometimes says the most.

Emily Dickinson

This is my letter to the world That never wrote to me

Emily Dickinson

I dwell in possibility…

Emily Dickinson

Nature is a haunted house--but Art--is a house that tries to be haunted.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

Beauty is not caused. It is.

Emily Dickinson

Bring me the sunset in a cup.

Emily Dickinson

Pardon My Sanity In A World Insane

Emily Dickinson

Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.

Emily Dickinson

A Word is Dead A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.

Emily Dickinson

Heart, we will forget him, You and I, tonight! You must forget the warmth he gave, I will forget the light.

Emily Dickinson

The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul--BOOKS.

Emily Dickinson

Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.

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.

Emily Dickinson

I don't profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.

Emily Dickinson

The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care

Emily Dickinson

We turn not older with years but newer every day.

Emily Dickinson

One need not be a chamber to be haunted.

Emily Dickinson

Till I loved I never lived.

Emily Dickinson

I felt it shelter to speak to you.

Emily Dickinson

The lovely flowers embarrass me. They make me regret I am not a bee...

Emily Dickinson

Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.

Emily Dickinson

A great hope fell You heard no noise The ruin was within.

Emily Dickinson

I am out with lanterns, looking for myself.

Emily Dickinson

We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies.

Emily Dickinson

They might not need me; but they might. I'll let my head be just in sight; A smile as small as mine might be Precisely their necessity.

Emily Dickinson

Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.

Emily Dickinson

That I shall love always, I argue thee that love is life, and life hath immortality

Emily Dickinson

But a Book is only the Heart's Portrait- every Page a Pulse.

Emily Dickinson

An ear can break a human heart As quickly as a spear, We wish the ear had not a heart So dangerously near.

Emily Dickinson

We outgrow love like other things and put it in a drawer, till it an antique fashion shows like costumes grandsires wore.

Emily Dickinson

A wounded dear leaps the highest

Emily Dickinson

Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.

Emily Dickinson

Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured.

Emily Dickinson

Judge tenderly of me.

Emily Dickinson

How do most people live without any thought? There are many people in the world,--you must have noticed them in the street,--how do they live? How do they get strength to put on their clothes in the morning?

Emily Dickinson

I must go in, the fog is rising.

Emily Dickinson

I tasted life.

Emily Dickinson

Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

My love for those I love -- not many -- not very many, but don't I love them so?

Emily Dickinson

Those who have not found the heaven below, will fail of it above.

Emily Dickinson

Tis not that dieing hurts us so- tis living- hurts us more.

Emily Dickinson

Anger as soon as fed is dead- 'Tis starving makes it fat.

Emily Dickinson

My friends are my estate.

Emily Dickinson

There's a certain slant of light, On winter afternoons, That oppresses, like the weight Of cathedral tunes.

Emily Dickinson

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

The possible's slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.

Emily Dickinson

Dying is a wild night and a new road.

Emily Dickinson

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

That love is all there is, Is all we know of love.

Emily Dickinson

I can wade Grief -- Whole Pools of it -- I'm used to that -- But the least push of Joy Breaks up my feet -- And I tip -- drunken -- Let no Pebble -- smile -- 'Twas the New Liquor -- That was all!

Emily Dickinson

The brain is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

To be alive──is Power.

Emily Dickinson

Faith is a fine invention When gentlemen can see, But microscopes are prudent In an emergency.

Emily Dickinson

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.

Emily Dickinson

I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too?

Emily Dickinson

In this short life that only lasts ah hour how much-how little-is within our power.

Emily Dickinson

My best Acquaintances are those With Whom I spoke no Word

Emily Dickinson

I cannot live with you, It would be life, And life is over there Behind the shelf

Emily Dickinson

Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

Your brain is wider than the sky

Emily Dickinson

I felt a Cleaving in my Mind— As if my Brain had split— I tried to match it—Seam by Seam— But could not make it fit.

Emily Dickinson

Love is its own rescue; for we, at our supremest, are but its trembling emblems.

Emily Dickinson

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

Emily Dickinson

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

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.

Emily Dickinson

The Truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind.

Emily Dickinson

They say that 'home is where the heart is.' I think it is where the house is, and the adjacent buildings.

Emily Dickinson

To shut your eyes is to travel.

Emily Dickinson

A power of Butterfly must be - The Aptitude to fly Meadows of Majesty concedes And easy Sweeps of Sky -

Emily Dickinson

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.

Emily Dickinson

Open me carefully

Emily Dickinson

Opinion is a fitting thing but truth outlasts the sun - if then we cannot own them both, possess the oldest one.

Emily Dickinson

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!

Emily Dickinson

The Soul selects her own Society.

Emily Dickinson

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. Espousing the former is not defending the latter.

Emily Dickinson

Inebriate of Air — am I — And Debauchee of Dew — Reeling — thro endless summer days — From Inns of Molten Blue —

Emily Dickinson

The poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on.

Emily Dickinson

A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.

Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book to take us lands away...

Emily Dickinson

Art is a house that tries to be haunted.

Emily Dickinson

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

Emily Dickinson

One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted — One need not be a House — The Brain has Corridors — surpassing Material Place —

Emily Dickinson

You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself.

Emily Dickinson

I hope your rambles have been sweet, and your reveries spacious

Emily Dickinson