20 Inspiring Emily Dickinson Quotes

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) was an American poet. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts. She seldom left home, but loved writing letters to her friends. She often included poems in these letters.  Only ten or so of her poems were published in her lifetime. After her death her sister Lavinia  discovered almost eighteen hundred individual poems in Dickinson’s bedroom, some of them bound into booklets by the poet.

These quotes are taken from her poems – may they inspire you with their beauty and insight!

I dwell in possibility. – Emily Dickinson

To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. – Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all. – Emily Dickinson

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

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. – 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

A wounded deer leaps the highest. – Emily Dickinson

My friends are my estate. – Emily Dickinson

The brain is wider than the sky. – Emily Dickinson

There is always something to learn, love, and see. – Emily Dickinson

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

Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it. – Emily Dickinson

Beauty is not caused. It is. – Emily Dickinson

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. – 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; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the skies. – Emily Dickinson

Pardon my sanity in a world insane. – Emily Dickinson

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