Emily Dickinson

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell. - Emily Dickinson

My business is to sing! What difference does it make if no one listens? Perhaps you laugh at me! Perhaps the whole United States are laughing at me too! I can't stop for that! Just to have been made alive is so chief a thing, all else inevitably adds. I find ectasy in living. The mere sense of living is joy enough. Take all away from me, but leave me ecstasy! (from a Dickinson letter in William Luce's script for The Belle of Amherst) - Emily Dickinson

To live is so startling it leaves time for little else. - Emily Dickinson

This is my letter to the world, that never wrote to me, the simple news that Nature told, with tender majesty. Her message is committed, to hands I cannot see; for love of her, sweet countrymen, judge tenderly of me. - Emily Dickinson

A word is dead When it is said, Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.  - Emily Dickinson

The dandelion's pallid tube Astonishes the grass, And winter instantly becomes An infinite alas. - Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without words, and never stops - at all. - Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality. - Emily Dickinson

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.  - Emily Dickinson