Emily Dickinson Quotes

Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Letter, July 1862, to Thomas Wentworth Higginson. The Letters of Emily Dickinson, vol. 2 (1958). Higginson, an author, critic, and retired Unitarian minister, had received his first letter from Dickinson April 15, 1862, with four poems enclosed; the correspondence continued throughout her life. Higginson, in the role of literary mentor, eventually cooperated in producing a volume of her poems in 1890, though only after making significant textual changes.
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I'll tell you how the Sun rose— A Ribbon at a time—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. I'll tell you how the Sun rose (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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The morns are meeker than they were, The nuts are getting brown; The berry's cheek is plumper, The rose is out of town.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. The morns are meeker than they were (l. 1-4). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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But how he set—I know not—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. I'll tell you how the Sun rose (l. 9). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Lest I should be old-fashioned, I'll put a trinket on.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. The morns are meeker than they were (l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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A Dominie in Gray— Put gently up the evening Bars— And led the flock away—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. I'll tell you how the Sun rose (l. 14-16). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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The pedigree of Honey Does not concern the Bee,
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. The pedigree of Honey (l. 1-2). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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I'll tell you how the Sun rose-- A Ribbon at a time--
Emily Dickinson (1831-1886), U.S. poet. "I'll tell you how the Sun rose": poem no. 318 in her Collected Poems, lines 1-2 (c. 1860).
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The right of way to Tripoli A more essential thing.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. The pedigree of Honey (l. 7-8). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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How dreary—to be—Somebody! How public—like a frog— To tell one's name—the livelong June— To an admiring Bog!
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. repr. in The Complete Poems, no. 288, Harvard variorum edition (1955). I'm Nobody! Who Are You? (Written c. 1861, published 1891).
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