A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
Because I could not stop for death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves and immortality.
Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes.
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
Fame is a fickle food upon a shifting plate.
Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.
Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
For love is immortality.
Forever is composed of nows.
Fortune befriends the bold.
He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!
I argue thee that love is life. And life hath immortality.
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
I dwell in possibility.
I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
I’m nobody, who are you?
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
Luck is not chance, it’s toil; fortune’s expensive smile is earned.
Morning without you is a dwindled dawn.
My friends are my estate.
Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.
Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
Tell the truth, but tell it slant.
That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
The brain is wider than the sky.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
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.
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
To love is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, One clover, and a bee, And revery. The revery alone will do, If bees are few.
Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it.
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.
Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.
Where thou art, that is home.