Emily Dickinson

United States
10 Dec 1830 // 15 May 1886


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Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.
Truth is so rare, it is delightful to tell it.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
Saying nothing sometimes says the most.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
The Soul selects her own Society.

Complete Poems
Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.

Complete Poems
We never know how high we are till we are called to rise. Then if we are true to form our statures touch the skies.

Collected Poems
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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."