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Fortune befriends the bold.
– Emily Dickinson
Finite to fail, but infinite to venture.
Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually as is thought.
The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.
I had no portrait, now, but am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut bur; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass, that the guest leaves.
A wounded deer leaps the highest.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
I’m nobody, who are you?
I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
Beauty is not caused. It is.
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.
Dying is a wild night and a new road.
In such a porcelain life, one likes to be sure that all is well lest one stumble upon one’s hopes in a pile of broken crockery.
After great pain, a formal feeling comes. The Nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.
Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.
Love is anterior to life, posterior to death, initial of creation, and the exponent of breath.
The brain is wider than the sky.
People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.
Tell the truth, but tell it slant.
Nature is our eldest mother; she will do no harm.
We were never intimate mother and children while she was our mother – but… when she became our child, the affection came.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Success is counted sweetest by those who never succeed.
That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
Parting is all we know of heaven, and all we need of hell.
Forever is composed of nows.
Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.
My friends are my estate.