When I told my older cousin about this piece I was writing he said, “Emily Dickinson, she was quite a recluse,” but that is not why I decided upon her for my piece.
Emily Dickinson – the now well known American Poet, was not well known in her time, and yet she created anyway. She had to, because writing was clearly one of the biggest parts of her purpose here on Earth, to communicate these words in such a unique form that they now impact our lives today.
These quotations below are some of my favorites. She is a reminder that we each have a unique purpose here, and whether it is recognized in our time or not, we must do what comes closest to our heart, because that is the mark we were created to leave. It is our life’s work. She may have had trouble accepting this herself, but she was a writer, and she wrote, and these messages came through the strong voice she innately had inside of her.
1. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.”
There is always hope, and it is magical. You can’t ever stop believing in it’s potential, even in the most difficult times, hope is still there – Perching in the soul with its bright feathers, and humming continuously the sweetest song always.
2. “I dwell in possibility.”
If you dwell in possibility, you are open, and therefore it’s more likely that you will receive what is right and true to you.
3. “Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.”
Everyone is loved by someone, and to give love is the greatest thing about life. It’s truly living, and it is everlasting!
4. “That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.”
We need to practice savoring the good, appreciating the difficult, and living for the now.
5. “They might not need me; but they might. I’ll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.”
Making a difference revolves around simply being thankful and giving to others with even a smile. Even a smile makes a huge difference.
6. “To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.”
It’s the most profound and important part of life.
7. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
People come to us at certain times in our lives, and I believe it’s our greatest choice to receive and give love.
8. “The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”
You never know the beautiful things that could come your way if you stay open and not debilitated by hurt or anger.
9. “To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And reverie. The reverie alone will do, If bees are few.”
Love is the answer.
10. “Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.”
You never know what will come. Stay bright!
11. “A wounded deer leaps the highest.”
You often gain strength from those difficult times. You ascend to more of what you are capable of being and achieving.
12. “My friends are my estate.”
It’s difficult to find true friends, but when you do, they become your world. We must take care of our friends, and show them how much they mean to us. It’s the beauty in life.
13. “Forever is composed of nows.”
It is valuing each and every step.
14. “Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.”
When you venture, you always gain!
15. “The brain is wider than the sky.”
There is always something to learn, love, and see.
None of these are easy, and I am by no means saying that I have mastered these, but to work every day toward feeling what these quotations express is a step, I believe, toward living a more satisfying, bright and beautiful life!
About the author: Christie Leigh Babirad lives on Long Island, New York. Her published writings can be found on pinterest.com/cbabirad and at christieleigh87.blogspot.com. She welcomes e-mail at [email protected].
I loveEmily. I discovered her in my teens. We have a lot in common. Thank you for the post!
Hi Susan! I do too. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. You’re welcome. Thank you for taking the time to comment.
♥♥♥loved it & immediately sent love to my besties! Thanks for the lovely words of Emily & yourself….
Thank you for commenting, Tisa. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, and thank you for your kind compliment.
Thank you Christie for reminding us that we all have a mark we need to leave and for sharing the beautiful quotes from Emily Dickenson. I particularly like “I Dwell in Possibility.” Yes! Only way to view life!
Thank you so much Terry! That’s a favorite of mine- Yes! Thank you for taking the time to comment, and for your very nice compliment. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.
In beautiful thought provoking words, Emily Dickinson calls us to hope. Not always outrightly, sometimes underneath or buried in the center, but hope is always there. She has made me see the necessity of hope, without it, what is life?
That was beautifully expressed, and I completely agree. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post.
I adore Emily! So, happy to see this essay from you~ As isolated as her life was she penned volumes of insight in her poetry! Her brain was definitely wider than the sky and her words always fill me with hope!
Thank you, Christie for reminding me of Emily’s wisdom~
Hi Ella! Thank you so much for commenting. It’s nice to hear from you too. That’s right! I completely agree. Wishing you the very best. Christie
Nice quotes! Thanks for sharing them with us.
Thank you for sharing such an amazing inspirational quotes.
May we all have a little Emily Dickinson in us! For the spirit can be so powerful as the driving force in our life.
Thank you for sharing some of your favorite quotes Christie! It makes me love the English language so very much.
Thank you. Oh thank you! Those quotes came to me just when I needed them.
A wounded deer jumps the highest y my friends are my estate, are two phrases I can heavy relate too. Thank you for your time.
Hi Christie, I recently ‘rediscovered’ Emily Dickinson after listening to a podcast, with further browsing I discovered your blog. Thank you for summarizing her delicate yet profound quotes. Since you are a blog writer, and obviously appreciative of strong writing, I thought you might welcome a small grammatical correction for your future work. Your sentence ‘You can’t ever stop believing in it’s potential’ should read ‘…its potential…’ not …’it’s potential’ as ‘it’s’ is the contraction of ‘it is’ vs. the possessive which has no apostrophe.
I’m almost positive that Emily Dickinson would be pleased to know that she had such a tremendous effect on my life, and I’ve always wanted to thank her in some way. Thank you for letting me do it here.
Tender miniscule moments like starbursts.
Fills one w breathless light
Beautiful realistic optimism…Thank you