Emily Dickinson Quotes

Retreat was out of hope,— Behind, a sealed route, Eternity's white flag before, And God at every gate.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Our journey had advanced (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. repr. in The Complete Poems, no. 1212, Harvard variorum edition (1955). A Word Is Dead (written c. 1872, published 1894).
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It has no future but itself— Its infinite contain Its past—enlightened to perceive New periods of pain.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Pain has an element of blank (l. 5-8). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Because I could not stop for Death— He kindly stopped for me—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Because I could not stop for Death (l. 1-2). CP-Di. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Pain has an element of blank—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Pain has an element of blank (l. 1). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Because I could not stop for Death (l. 17-18). CP-Di. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Let us go in; the fog is rising.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Quoted in W.H. Auden, A Certain World, "Words, Last," (1970). Her attributed last words.
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Since then—'tis Centuries—and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses Heads Were toward Eternity—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Because I could not stop for Death (l. 21-24). CP-Di. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Remorse is cureless—the Disease Not even God—can heal— For 'tis His institution—and The Adequate of Hell—
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. Remorse is Memory awake (l. 9-12). . . The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. Thomas H. Johnson, ed. (1960) Little, Brown.
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Because I could not stop for Death— He kindly stopped for me— The Carriage held but just Ourselves— And Immortality.
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), U.S. poet. repr. in The Complete Poems, no. 712, Harvard variorum edition (1955). Because I Could Not Stop for Death, st. 1 (written c. 1863, published 1890).
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