Emily Dickinson

1830 - 1886

A Quote by Emily Dickinson on heart, life, loss, and pain

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)

Source: 1864; Poems, First Series, 1890.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on needs and success

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 67, st. 1, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on bravery

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To fight aloud is very brave,
But gallanter, I know,
Who charge within the bosom,
The Cavalry of Woe.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 126, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on truth

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

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: Emily Dickinson: A Biography

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on life and memory

If I shouldn't be alive
When the Robins come,
Give the one in Red Cravat,
A Memorial crumb.

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Poems of Emily Dickinson

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on church, home, religion, and spirit

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church -
I keep it, staying at Home -
With a Bobolink for a Chorister -
And an Orchard, for a Dome -

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: No. 324, St. 1, 1862; The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 324, ed. Thomas H. Johnson

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on enemies, friendship, and soul

The Soul unto itself
Is an imperial friend, -
Or the most agonizing Spy -
An Enemy - could send -

Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Source: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, no. 683, ed. Thomas H. Johnson, 1955.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on achievement and success

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 (1830 - 1886)

Source: Letters of Emily Dickinson

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on body, books, and poetry

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 (1830 - 1886)

Source: 1870, in The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Martha Dickinson Bianchi, 1924.

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A Quote by Emily Dickinson on poetry

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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 (1830 - 1886)

Source: 1870, in The Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson, ed. Martha Dickinson Bianchi, 1924.

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