Emily Dickinson

United States
10 Dec 1830 // 15 May 1886


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Till it has loved, no man or woman can become itself.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.
The Heart wants what it wants - or else it does not care.
Life is a spell so exquisite that everything conspires to break it.
Till I loved I never lived.
We turn not older with years but newer every day.
I don't profess to be profound; but I do lay claim to common sense.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."