Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830 at their family’s homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Her father is Edward Dickinson, a trustee of Amherst College and a lawyer in Amherst. She was the second of three children.
She produced 1,775 poems in her lifetime, but only more than a dozen were published and were always anonymous. Some of her most famous poems include “I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed, Wild Nights – Wild Nights!, Success is Counted Sweetest, I felt a Funeral in My Brain, and I’m nobody! Who Are You?” among others.
Even at a young age, Emily already dazzled her teachers with her flowering imagination. Moreover, she is a voracious reader to further hone her craft. Aside from the scriptures, she also reads poems from Shakespeare and other metaphysical poets. Her poems are usually fragmented, but their striking imagery and hymn-like rhythms draw people in
To get a further glimpse into her imaginative mind, we compiled a list of the most famous Emily Dickinson quotes. Also, check out these poem books by Emily Dickinson.
EMILY DICKINSON QUOTES
“To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.”
“Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.”
“Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial creation, and the exponent of breath.”
“I hope your rambles have been sweet and your reveries spacious.”
“A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without a corporeal friend.”
“My best acquaintances are those with whom I spoke no word.”
“People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.”
“How do most people live without any thought? There are many people in the world, you must have noticed them in the street, how do they live? How do they get the strength to put on their clothes in the morning?”
“Dwell in possibility. Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
“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.”
Some people view some of Emily Dickinson’s poems as cryptic and chaotic in rhyme, and it takes a lot of poetic intellect to decipher their meaning. Nevertheless, her other simpler prose captivated the attention of the masses, then people started to love her more complex poems as well even until now, albeit posthumously.
Emily died of Bright’s disease on May 15, 1886. It was just ironic that her works gained popularity after she died. Still, she left such a strong impact in the literary world that she is now considered a persistent and influential figure in American culture, so we compiled a list of Emily Dickinson Quotes to commemorate her contributions in literature.