80 Insightful Emily Dickinson Quotes on Love, Life and Death

Born in 1830 Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson was a poet subtly shaped by her Calvinist upbringing and the Metaphysical poets, cherishing the works of the Brownings and Keats while avoiding Walt Whitman’s.

Her public acclaim was posthumous, despite prolific writing and intimate sharing through letters. Emily’s original style, evidenced by unconventional dashes, was initially edited.

A trove of 1,800 poems discovered posthumously highlights her intellectual engagement with siblings Austin and Lavinia.

Emily Dickinson

It wasn’t until 1981 that her work’s order was genuinely restored, revealing not mere chronology but thematic coherence in her treasured collections.

Here are the top quotes by Emily Dickinson.

Best Emily Dickinson Quotes


Judge tenderly of me. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I must go in, the fog is rising. ~ Emily Dickinson.


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

The friend anguish reveals is the slowest forgot. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I measure every grief I meet with narrow, probing eyes – I wonder if it weighs like mine – or has an easier size. ~ Emily Dickinson.


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

To multiply the harbors does not reduce the sea. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I am out with lanterns, looking for myself. ~ Emily Dickinson.


My friends are my estate. ~ Emily Dickinson.

In the name of the bee And of the butterfly And of the breeze, amen! ~ Emily Dickinson.

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


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

Just a turn of the doorknob, and there lies freedom. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Top Emily Dickinson Quotes

That love is all there is,
Is all we know of love. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality. ~ Emily Dickinson.


It is strange that the most intangible thing is the most adhesive. ~ 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.

We turn not older with years but newer every day. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Pardon my sanity in a world insane. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I am nobody! Who are you? Are you a nobody, too? ~ Emily Dickinson.


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

I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Saying nothing sometimes says the most. ~ Emily Dickinson.

To travel far, there is no better ship than a book. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Until you have loved, you cannot become yourself. ~ Emily Dickinson.

The hearts that never lean must fall. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned. ~ Emily Dickinson.

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.

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

Where thou art, that is home. ~ Emily Dickinson.

If your Nerve, deny you – Go above your Nerve. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Famous Emily Dickinson Quotes

This is my letter to the world
That never wrote to me. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Nature is a haunted house – but Art – is a house that tries to be haunted. ~ Emily Dickinson.

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

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

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

Consciousness is the only home of which we know. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Parting is all we know of Heaven, and all we need of Hell. ~ Emily Dickinson.

A wounded deer leaps the highest. ~ Emily Dickinson.

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

Unto a broken heart
No other one may go
Without the high prerogative
Itself hath suffered too. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Love is everything. And that’s all we know about it. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I imagine therefore I belong and am free. ~ Emily Dickinson.

One step at a time is all it takes to get you there. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I confess that I love him, I rejoice that I love him, I thank the maker of Heaven and Earth that gave him to me. The exultation floods me. ~ Emily Dickinson.

My life closed twice before its close. ~ 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.


The will is always near, dear, though the feet vary. ~ Emily Dickinson.

You can stay young as long as you learn. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Insightful Emily Dickinson Quotes

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

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

I don’t profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense. ~ Emily Dickinson.

That I shall love always, I argue thee that love is life, and life hath immortality. ~ Emily Dickinson.


Morning without you is a dwindled dawn. ~ Emily Dickinson.

I dwell in possibility. ~ Emily Dickinson.

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

Forever is composed of nows. ~ 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.

I felt it shelter to speak to you. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Inspirational Emily Dickinson Quotes

Bring me the sunset in a cup. ~ Emily Dickinson.


The Heart wants what it wants – or else it does not care. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Till I loved I never lived. ~ 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.

My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them! ~ Emily Dickinson.

November always seemed to me the Norway of the year. ~ Emily Dickinson.


It is better to be the hammer than the anvil. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Write me of hope and love, and hearts that endured. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate. ~ Emily Dickinson.

People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles. ~ Emily Dickinson.


The brain is wider than the sky. ~ Emily Dickinson.

One need not be a chamber to be haunted. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Profound Emily Dickinson Quotes

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


I have an appetite for silence. ~ Emily Dickinson.

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

The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul – BOOKS. ~ Emily Dickinson.

Fortune befriends the bold. ~ Emily Dickinson.

So these were the 80 top Emily Dickinson quotes on Love, Life, Success, Hope and Death.

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