Quotes of Emily Dickinson

emily dickinson portraitEmily Dickinson is one of the most interesting figures in the history of literature. She was self-secluded from the rest of the world and her community for most of her life, writing poetry prolifically in the era of the Transcendentalism. Here are some quotes about writing from this famous poet:

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

“I dwell in possibility.”

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.”

“Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.”

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.”

“The brain is wider than the sky.”

“I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”

“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.”

“The dearest ones of time, the strongest friends of the soul–BOOKS.”

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

“But a Book is only the Heart’s Portrait- every Page a Pulse.”

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the Imagination.”

“The Truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind.”

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


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