For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy.
Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Source: a collection of quotations found on the Internet.
Contributed by: Zaady
Our journey had advanced; Our feet were almost come To that odd fork in Being's road, Eternity by term.
Source: “Our Journey had Advanced”
Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
You remember my ideal cat has always a huge rat in its mouth, just going out of sight - though going out of sight in itself has a peculiar pleasure.
Source: Selected Poems and Letters of Emily Dickinson
How much can come And much can go, And yet abide the world!
Source: There came a Wind
Of Consciousness, her awful Mate The Soul cannot be rid - As easy the secreting her Behind the Eyes of God.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 894, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Surgeons must be very careful, When they take the knife!, Underneath their fine incisions, Stirs the Culprit - Life!
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 108, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
Let us go in; the fog is rising.
Source: Attributed last words; in A Certain World, Words, Last, by W. H. Auden, 1970.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 341, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.
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