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

"Publication - is the auction of the Mind of Man"
 
"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry."
 
"They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse"
 
"We turn not older with years, but newer every day."
 
"[I] 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."
- Description of herself to Thomas Wentworth Higginson
 
"I have a brother and sister, my mother does not care for thought, and father, too busy with his briefs to notice what we do. He buys me many books, but begs me not to read them, because he fears they jiggle the mind. They are religious, except me."
- to her poetical preceptor, Thomas Wentworth Higginson
 
"If...it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry."
 
"To live is so startling it leaves time for little else."
 
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